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Bridging the gap with The Arc of Spokane.

January 20, 2011

Community center members show their friendship and care.

The Arc of Spokane serves Spokane’s developmental and mentally disabled citizens and gives them tools for the future.

During the 1950s parents were told to send their disabled children to an institution and forget about them.  The Arc of Spokane was originally a parents group that formed in rebellion of this idea and practice. The name was originally The Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC), but now it’s simply The Arc of Spokane with no acronym.

Now The Arc provides many services including advocacy, family support, resident support, financial support and a community center

The community center is located on 116 W Indiana Ave. It is a safe environment for members to come and see their friends, go on Arc sponsored outings and learn various skills.

“Activities at the center include classes, crafts, gym sports, games, discussion groups, monthly dances and an annual talent show. We also hold regular classes that teach basic behavior management and communication skills,” according to The Arc’s website.

I know from personal experience that you can feel out-of-place when first volunteering with The Arc simply because the members react differently to situations then you expect. I felt awkward and slightly uncomfortable but it is incredibly fun and rewarding in the end.

Volunteer Info:

(509) 789-2247

To volunteer at The Arc community center contact the office on Indiana Ave and express your interest in volunteering.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Frick permalink
    January 24, 2011 12:50 am

    This is awesome! Did you ever volunteer here?

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