Who Are We?
The Arc of Oconee County is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all intellectually and developmentally disabled (I/DD) citizens and their families. The Arc encourages all I/DD citizens to achieve their highest level of physical and mental development with an emphasis upon human dignity by providing responsible, non-intrusive and open-minded support and services.
A small group of parents banded together in 1962 to champion the rights of their children with disabilities. This was prior to the ADA (Americans with Disabilites Act; children were not provided educational opportunites within the school system. The Oconee Association for Retarded children was organized in September 1964 with a vision to build a school for disabled children. The community embraced the ARC and through hard work and a team spirit the dream of having a school for disabled children was realized. When the classes began they were really small only serving 5 students. The Seneca Sertoma club initially provided the transportation using a Volkswagen bus. However, the school quickly grew and by February 1971, Mrs. Bert Tribble donated 12 acres of land and 25,000 dollars to the Oconee ARC. By February 1974, the ARC had officially opened the new school appropriately named the Tribble Memorial Center.
The ARC has evolved into the Arc of Oconee County and it continues to advocate for and enhance the lives of all special needs citizens.
The Arc of Oconee County is located at 295 Market Street, Seneca, SC 29678.
Officers of the Arc of Oconee County:
Susan Turner President
Laura Price Vice President
Phyllis Corder Secretary
Reginia Roberts Treasurer
Financial Information and Documents
The Arc of Oconee takes great pride in its financial accountability and fiscal responsibilities.
· Articles of Incorporation
· Form 1023: Application for Recognition of Exemption