The Arc of Placer County is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Incorporated in the 1960s, The Arc of Placer County is a private nonprofit corporation chaired by a highly committed volunteer board of directors.
The Arc of Placer County operates multiple adult day programs in Roseville and Meadow Vista serving approximately 325 clients daily. The agency also offers a social recreation program for adults and one for transition-aged students. Our programs exist to provide safe, supportive environments where we help clients advance in personal growth. Through the clients’ individual advancement in their personal goals, each client can lead a quality life as an active, contributing participant in society.
Additional information on the history of The Arc of Placer County, our programs, and our board of directors is available by selecting one of the links below.
The Arc of Placer County was established in 1958 by a group of parents joining together in a resolute voice to advocate for the educational rights of their children with special needs. As a result of their advocacy, the county office of education opened its first classroom for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 1959.
By 1963, The Arc of Placer County was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, then known as the Association for Retarded Children. With an eye on the coming years when their children would leave public school, the parents opened a thrift store to raise funds for future programs and services. And in 1964, enough funds were raised to open the doors of The Arc of Placer County’s first program, a sheltered workshop, in the basement of a church in Auburn. Even today, many of the children, now adults, of those resolute parents are still served by the agency’s programs.
To remove what had become a derogatory word from its name due to the evolution of language, the agency changed its name to Advocacy, Resources, & Choices. Years later the agency abbreviated the name to Placer ARC and recently has become a fully aligned chapter of The Arc of the United States, thus becoming The Arc of Placer County. Throughout the decades we have proudly served our clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities ensuring we significantly contribute to the quality of their lives.
Members of The Arc of Placer County Board are longstanding residents of Placer County communities. The board’s expertise and knowledge include business management, education, insurance, human resources, and more. Some board members are also parents of individuals with special needs. The board also has at least one client with special needs. Board members serve 2-year terms and officers serve 1-year terms.
Patrick McIntyre, President
Brent Haapanen, Vice President
Josh Price, Treasurer
Lisa Ulrikson, Secretary
Betsy Katz, Board Member
Darel Gordon, Board Member
Mayor Susan Rohan, Board Member