The Arc of Anderson County

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Basic Information

Address: Mailing: PO Box 4823 Street: 728 Emory Valley Rd, Ste 42 Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Phone Number: 865-481-0550
Fax Number: 865-481-0550 (call first)

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The Arc of Anderson County
The Arc of Anderson County
The Arc of Anderson County

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Additional Information

Executive Director: Melanie Hensley
President: Sally Browning
Service Description: An advocacy organization serving those (and their families) of all ages with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities.
Mission Statement:

The Arc of Anderson County is a United Way agency and has been active for more than 50 years. The Arc serves local children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The chapter also helps to meet the needs of their families.
People with developmental disabilities comprise one of the largest disability groups, and yet the condition is often misunderstood. The Arc emphasizes the value of full inclusion in all aspects of community life. The Arc holds special events throughout the year for those within our community that have developmental disabilities.

Membership Fee: $12.00 annually for single membership / $20.00 annually for family membership
Eligibility Requirements: Developmental and/or cognitive disabilities
Area Served: Anderson, Morgan, Roane Counties in East TN
Hours of Operation/Schedule: Mon - Wed 7am - 2pm
Services Offered:
Social enhancement, Transition assistance, workshops, seminars, financial assitance (with verification), education, Pet Therapy, aid with medical and prescription costs, Summer Playground Project

April each year -- Spring Dance
December each year -- Christmas / Holiday Party

Fundraisers: We have a Christmas Tree / Wreath sale beginning Oct - Nov each year. Trees/wreaths available first weekend in Decembe.

The Arc of Anderson County was started as a grass roots organization by parents in an effort to keep their children out of institutions in 1955. The Arc of Anderson County started the first school for children with disabilities and the first sheltered workshop in this area. These programs are now overseen by another agency, but the Arc maintains a presence on their board. We are very active in the communities that we serve.

Detailed Organization Information:

The Arc is actively involved in improving the quality of life for all those within our communities with developmental disabilities through:
• Support to clients with little to no family for medical, dental and prescription needs
• Day trips and activities
• Christmas gifts for those with no family support
• HABIT pet therapy program through the University of Tennessee Vet School
• Sponsorhip of dance class
• Summer Playground Program with the Lewis Hine Award Winning Director - Ronald Powell
• Scholarship money to those graduating from high school special education programs
• Workshops throughout the year such as Life and Estate Planning
• Transition fairs at area schools
• Support for uniform costs for the local Special Olympics Teams
• Social and recreational events throughout the year

Above all, The Arc is an advocacy organization for all persons of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our goal is to be there when there is a need, to see that these special citizens share in the rights that we all enjoy and to make sure they are given the opportunity to belong and contribute to society.

About Us

Board of Directors

The Arc of Anderson County provides support and advocacy to people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc provides support, information and training for families and caregivers of adults and children with these disabilities.
It is the mission of The Arc to ensure that all people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in our community receive State and Federal mandated services and supports, appropriate education, are included in community activities and are respected as the individuals they are.
The Arc is a United Way Agency serving people with disabilities and their families.
Sally Browning - President
Billie Fain - Vice President
Joy Henderson - Treasurer
Jan Hicks - Secretary
Karen Alsup
Alan Beauchamp
Nick Morris
Kendall Brady
Thelma Douglass - Gov't Affairs
Jim Gary
Charlie Stuber

Executive Director:
Melanie Hensley

Slogan: Serving the needs of those with developmental disabilities!