History

The Arc of Cape May County was formed in 1961 by parents determined to ensure the most full and independent lives possible for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). What began as an early intervention program in our first administrative/program office (our former thrift shop) has now become a well respected, solid fixture in the community providing an array of services. For over 50 years we have been creating opportunities, changing public attitudes and fostering respect, access and inclusion. healthcare systems, in communities and most significantly on a very personal level impacting families and individuals lives. We’ve ushered in an era of growing respect, inclusion and participation for people with I/DD and changed the status quo from closing institutions to opening the doors to new opportunities. We are a local, private, non-profit agency serving mostly residents of Cape May County, but also throughout the state of New Jersey in selected programs.

We are licensed by the state of New Jersey through the Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). In order to receive services from The Arc of Cape May, an individual must be determined eligible by the DDD and meet certain criteria as specified by the State. We work closely with other local chapters of The Arc, as well as The Arc of New Jersey and are affiliated with The Arc of the United States. Currently, The Arc provides services to over 250 respite persons (in-home and out-of-home) and 101 permanent placement residents and currently employs 260 staff persons. We are also qualified providers through the Children's System of Care managed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

The agency provides services and programs to all individuals regardless of disability, sex, race, economic status, etc. Members of the community receiving services are of varying degrees of economic status and their income has no bearing on the level of services received. The state of New Jersey, with the families input, determines the needed support systems to enable the best outcomes for the individuals served.