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Serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Norman, Otter Tail & Wilkin counties. Arc West Central 7 county region


Together we are Arc MinnesotaWe have merged and are now The Arc Minnesota, Inc!
James Mulvihill James Mulvihill, Housing Access Services Coordinator

Housing Access assists people with disabilities who are eligible for long term care or state plan home care services, to move to homes of their own.   
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Participants at Christmas Potluck"The Arc of West Central Minnesota has always been a top notch organization with top notch people! The Arc has always been there for us as a resource, family connector, and support group backbone! We can always count on the Arc! Diane Brendemuhl, parent

September 2017 Newsletter
Updated January 2017 Newsletter
September 2016 Newsletter
January 2016 Newsletter
Fall 2015 Newsletter

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families trust The Arc Minnesota for information and assistance, personal advocacy, and public policy leadership to create a good life.
  • Independent chapters of The Arc in Minnesota have merged into one organization to help more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
  • The new organization became The Arc Minnesota on January 1, 2018.

The goal is to leverage the impact of a larger and more focused statewide organization while retaining local presence and a deep commitment to grass-roots engagement.

How will more people be served?
The immediate goal of The Arc Minnesota is to provide a set of consistent, essential services throughout the state. Those services will include:

  • Access to a toll-free information and referral number         
  • Access to a web-based “Ask the Advocate” capability
  • Enhanced use of technology and virtual service delivery to connect people with information and assistance.
  • Opportunities to participate in online and in-person training events.

Looking for More Sibshop facilitators

Sibshop participants playing a game.

Help give kids a chance to have fun & share their thoughts and experiences about having a family member with a disability.

We would like to hold Sibshops in all areas of our region! Training available. Call: 218-233-5949 or 1-800-411-0124
The Arc’s National Sibling Council

Are People with I/DD Still Living in the Shadows?

Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain. There is a real fear that our society may regress toward the institutional services we have been working to end for more than 50 years. 2011 Key Findings. Full report.

Arc Events

Dances in Moorhead - 7:15-8:15pm, 2nd & 4th Monday of each month - September - May 8th. Ellen Hopkins Elementary, Moorhead.

Arc Games & More, 6:30-8pm- 3rd Monday of month, Sep - May. Feb. 19th - Love Bug Craft, March 19th - Rainbow Craft Night, April 16th, Flower Painting, May 21st - Science Fun .

February 12th, 7:15-8:30 - Valentine Dance. Moorhead Armory.

Rose Sale February 26th - March 12th. Delivery day March 29th. More details to come.

March 16th, 6:30-8pm - Game Night. Trinity Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls.

Minnesota Micro-Grant - Applications for individuals who have creative ways to meet their person centered goals in one of three areas:

  • Competitive
  • Integrated Employment
  • Inclusive Housing Community Integration
Arc West Central can assist with the application. Give us a call!

Housing Access Services:
Circles of Support

Watch Driven by Opportunity, a video created by our national organization to show The Arc focus.



View a clip from Offense Taken, a DVD produced by Self-Advocates of Minnesota (SAM), which brings attention to the hurtful use of the "R" word. For more information, please visit RTC Media Productions

Master Pool Special Needs Trusts

Considering a Special Needs or Supplemental Needs Trust for a family member? Check out The Arc of Minnesota's Master Pool Trust. The Arc of MN Master Pool Trust, administered by professionals that know the intricacies of  trusts, makes it possible for families to put money aside for a loved one with a disability; for things like vacations, cell phone, or cable TV; without affecting eligibility for government benefits such as SSI & MA.

The Arc's Vehicle Donation Program -

Donate An Unwanted Vehicle to The Arc
car donationDid you know that The Arc can help you get rid of unwanted vehicles and help you earn a tax break for making a charitable donation to Arc West Central? Information

Thrivent Financial
Arc West Central is enrolled as a participating organization for Thrivent Choice. Eligible members can direct Choice Dollars® to Arc West Central.

Research/Survey opportunities

Online Research for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Quality of Life Study

The University of Minnesota is seeking participants for a research survey. If you are aged 18-26 and have a neurodevelopmental disorder, they are interested in hearing about your preferences in living situation.
Click here to take the survey: jfe/form/SV_2i2kTnpRdLFoJ8N

The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention is looking for parents of students with IDD to participate in a study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used to coach families on planning for employment.

This study is part of ThinkWork! at the ICI. The study uses Facebook Messenger, as well as The Arc's Build Your Plan tool, to see how a well-planned and individualized engagement strategy might improve families' beliefs about employment for their family member with IDD. Participants complete the screening survey here

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The Arc Minnesota, West Central Region
810 4th Ave. S, #134
Moorhead, MN 56560
Fax 218-233-0853

Updated 2/7/18

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