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, nonintrusive and open-minded support and services. 

Music for grand opening of Our Place - June 2015

Music for grand opening of Our Place - June 2015

The Arc of Oconee County is a member of the Arc of the United States as well as the Arc of South Carolina.

 

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Arc of Oconee County to improve public understanding of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.  We endeavor to provide I/DD citizens with opportunities and relationships that enhance and strengthen independence. 

The Arc of Oconee County is in compliance with the mission of the Arc of the United States.  The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability and open, honest and timely communication.  The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does. 

 

History

A small group of parents banded together in 1962 to champion the rights of their children with disabilities.   This was prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act; children with disabilities were not provided educational opportunities within the school system.  The Oconee Association for Retarded Children (ARC) was organized in September, 1964.  This vision was to build a school for disabled children.  The community embraced the ARC and through hard work and a team spirit the dream of a school was realized.   Classes began with five students and Seneca Sertoma Club provided a Volkswagen bus for transportation.  The school quickly grew in enrollment and in February 1971, Mrs. Bert Tribble donated twelve acres of land and $25,000 to the Oconee ARC.  In February 1974, the ARC officially opened its 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. 

 

Location

The Arc of Oconee County is located at 295 Market Street, PO Box 8517, Seneca, SC 29678.

864-280-6022

 

Officers of the Arc of Oconee County:

Susan Turner     President

Laura Price        Vice President

Phyllis Corder   Secretary

Greg Wales      Treasurer

Financial Information and Documents

The Arc of Oconee takes great pride in its financial accountability and fiscal responsibilities.

·       Articles of Incorporation

·       Bylaws

·       Form 1023:  Application for Recognition of Exemption