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The Arc of Haywood County

The Arc of Haywood County, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was incorporated on January 9, 1976 to provide residential services to adult individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc recognizes that all people should have the opportunity to live in and be a part of their community. People who previously lived in state institutions, rest homes and nursing facilities have a place they can call home. Families who could no longer care for their loved one at home found comfort in the services and support provided in The Arc homes.

Through training and support from The Arc staff, many people learn the skills necessary to become more independent. In 1978, The Arc of Haywood County began the first apartment program in North Carolina for adult individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, along with a program in Durham, NC. The Arc of Haywood County is committed to our mission and encourages individuals to identify their hopes and dreams. Our goal is to provide the services and support to pursue those hopes and dreams.

The Arc of Haywood County is a local affiliate of The Arc of The United States and The Arc of North Carolina.

About Us

The Arc of Haywood County is a local affiliate of The Arc of The United States and The Arc of North Carolina. The Arc provides services to adult individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), and their families, in Western North Carolina. The Arc has continued to grow and evolve along with the changing needs and issues people with disabilities and their families face — and has played a pivotal role in changing the public perception of disability. Ultimately, The Arc reduces the stress of caring for an adult child with IDD by providing professional full-time residential care as well as independent care services.

Our Programs

Residential Home

The Arc of Haywood County has three residential homes with 5-6 individuals living in each home. All homes provide 24/7 staff and individuals are taught the life and social skills necessary to live their life to the fullest as independently as possible. Emphasis is placed on full community participation utilizing local shopping, employment, public transit, banking, restaurants, volunteering and attending recreational and entertainment facilities.

Community Living

The Community Living Program is for individuals who have proven they are capable to live alone and for others who choose to live with family members but still require assistance to learn life and social skills. The Arc of Haywood County helps the individuals be active in the community, attending community events, volunteering and working at local businesses.

Intermediate Care

The Arc of Haywood County has one Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) which houses individuals who require a higher level of care than our other homes. These individuals are very involved in the same activities that the individuals in our other programs enjoy. The individuals receive training in life and social skills according to their personal plan goals.

Job Coaching/Supported Employment

The Supported Employment/Job Coach program works with individuals to find employment in the community. A job coach works one-on-one with each individual to explore the type of jobs they are interested in and possible businesses that may be a good fit. Assistance is given in preparing a resume, completing employment applications and conducting practice interviews.