ARC Starfish and Dreams Annual Gala 2012

The ARC Thrift store offers so much more the great clothes and accessories, they offer jobs, advocacy and support to those with developmental disabilities.  Below is their mission statement and history.  So, the next time you have some gently used things around the house you are planning to get rid of think of donating them to this great organization or if you are looking for some awesome deals stop by your local ARC store!


Through high standards, a commitment to excellence and integrity, our Mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing funding to support the 12 Arc and ACL Chapters in Colorado. Arc Chapters provide advocacy and support to persons with developmental disabilities which may include Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy. Arc Chapters help people with disabilities find jobs; find places to live; obtain needed support in schools; and become involved in community activities. Arc Thrift Stores generate approximately $3 million each year to support these advocacy programs.

Background and History

  • Having opened the first store in 1968, Arc Thrift has a long 40 year history of providing funding to support advocacy for people with developmental disabilities in Colorado
  • Over the last ten years alone, over $25 Million in funds have been raised by the operation of our stores
  • After retail operations, 100% of our profit is distributed to the Arc Chapters, Advocacy Denver and the Association for Community Living, all here in Colorado
  • In the past four decades thousands of kids and adults with developmental disabilities have received help from the Arc Chapters in Colorado. The devotion of our donors and shoppers made this possible.

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