The Arc of Hamilton County, Inc is a grass roots non-profit organization which was founded in 1950 by a group of concerned parents to provide advocacy and a voice in their community. In addition to advocacy and education to their community, the founders also assisted in developing other organizations that served people with intellectual developmental disabilities. Some of the agencies developed by these founders are still in existence today, such as Orange Grove Center (Chattanooga, TN). The Arc of Hamilton County eventually received its state chapter of incorporation with The Arc in 1953.
Today, The Arc of Hamilton County is a provider of Independent Support Coordination Services within the Medicaid Waiver Services serving over 200 individuals all over Southeast Tennessee (covering a range of 10 counties). The Arc of Hamilton County also provides families and students with free support and guidance within the school system.
The Arc also partners with The Hamilton County Park and Recreation to provide recreational type events, such as the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party in which over 300 people with intellectual developmental disabilities attend each year.