Explore Program

Community based life skills training.

Life skills training in an inclusive community-based setting that focuses on social-emotional development, financial management, health, nutrition and other daily living skills necessary for successful inclusion in the community.

Cultural Commitment

The Arc creates opportunities for our clients to enjoy and experience the community through fun, inclusive events. Our group home vehicles make more than 2,400 trips transporting clients to outings. As a result, 90% of adult education clients and 100% of our group home residents advance their personal life goals.

Residential Services

A safe home for adults with developmental disabilities.

Community based homes for adults with developmental disabilities. The Residential Program consists of four group homes located throughout Palm Beach County with well-trained staff 24 hours a day. We help adults 21 years or older learn to live on their own by acquiring new skills that enhance their quality of life and help them achieve their highest level of independence.

Who benefits from our program: As part of The Arc of Palm Beach County’s commitment to helping people with developmental disabilities achieve their highest level of independence and inclusion in society, our agency operates four group homes in typical residential communities throughout Palm Beach County. These houses, which look just like any other on their street, are designed to help adults over the age of 18 acquire the skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

What our program offers: Each resident has a personal plan that identifies measurable, attainable goals, as well as strategies for achieving them. All four homes are staffed around the clock. During the day, every resident participates in meaningful activities, including day programs or even competitive employment. In addition, the program provides rehabilitation services that offer supervised training activities to help residents acquire, maintain or improve upon skills related to daily living, such as personal hygiene or social skills, necessary in order to enable individuals to reside in the community.

Career Transition Program

Providing life skills needed for the workplace and beyond.

We help people with developmental disabilities become independent and involved in the community through a hands on learning experience that teaches them to manage life skills relating to daily living, personal/social and occupational skills.

Who benefits from our program: Individuals 18 years and older with developmental disabilities are assisted on their path to independence and inclusion through lessons that are designed to help them manage skills related to daily living, personal/social involvement, and occupational activities.

What our program offers: We provide a hands-on learning atmosphere that consist of classes that focus on health, self-advocacy, financial management, social skills, art, and employment.

Many individuals from our Career Transition program also participate in the Arc’s Enclave Employment programs that allow them the opportunity to work in an inclusive work environment while earning a pay check.

Club Arc

Community based recreational programs.

The Arc provides recreational programming that provides life skill training and social events for adults with disabilities to spend time with their peers.

The Artisan Program

Utilizing untapped talent to foster personal growth.

This unique program helps individuals with developmental disabilities who have artistic abilities to hone their talent and also learn business skills. The program teaches money management and customer service to the participants who then have the opportunity to sell these unique products at community venues such as art shows, craft fairs and green markets.

Employment Services Program

Helping adults secure and maintain employment.

Our supported employment coaches help clients to obtain appropriate employment and then work with them to master their job skills. We also match skilled and qualified individuals with developmental disabilities with businesses seeking enthusiastic and dedicated employees.

Bringing home that first pay check is a milestone for everyone.

To help adults with developmental disabilities achieve this rite of passage, The Arc of Palm Beach County provides supported employment services for individuals who are seeking employment, as well as ongoing support once they are hired.

Our employment specialist is active in the Palm Beach County community; partnering with businesses to learn about, or help to create opportunities for inclusive competitive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. At the same time, our employment specialist works with clients to find out their interests and skills, so that when a position is available that matches the individual’s abilities and desires, a connection is made.

We provide three different types of employment services:

Supportive Employment through Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD):

This program assists individuals in getting and maintaining jobs with the help of a job coach/employment specialist. Individuals in our Supportive Employment program earn a competitive wage with benefits from an employer in an inclusive environment within our community.

Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

This is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job.

The Arc of Palm Beach County will assist individuals from VR with pre-employment preparation and job placement. Individuals work with an employment specialist on resume building, job searches and setting up interviews in order to accomplish the goal of employment in a competitive work environment.

The Arc of Palm Beach County offers individuals ages 14 to 22 with self-advocacy and pre-employment skills training. This training and skills program prepares them to enter the work force when they transition out of high school. Individuals can receive one-on-one instruction and assistance in pre-employment preparations. An Arc Employment Specialist assists and supports participants with resume building, job searches, and setting up interviews.

On-the-job training helps people with disabilities get familiar with the work environment. Participants gain valuable work experience while being fully supported by an employer and employment specialist when needed.

Collective Employment

This is a group approach to employment where recipients with disabilities work either as a group or individually within an integrated work setting under the supervision of The Arc staff. Our supervised, skilled mobile work crews are available to provide quality, contract services to businesses throughout Palm Beach County.

Collective Employment partners include well-known companies such as Otis Elevator, Pratt & Whitney, and Florida Power and Light Recycling Plant. Other partners include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Florida Highway Patrol Station, and Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation. A few services we offer include janitorial, large event cleanup, event greeters, and beach/lake shoreline cleanup.

Participants in our Collective Employment program are employees of The Arc of Palm Beach County. They are making above minimum wage and are supported at work by an Arc of Palm Beach County staff member or the Employment Specialist/Job Coach. They may work up to 20 hours a week.

By hiring The Arc, you are providing job training and placement to individuals with disabilities in Palm Beach County. When you partner with us, you get amazing services and help us achieve our mission.

Contact us at 561-842-3213 to learn how Collective Employment may benefit your business.