About Us


The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with its headquarters located in Rock Island, Illinois.  Founded in 1952, The Arc’s promotes living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with developmental and other disabilities, through a variety of support services.  Through residential options, day programming, work services, and advocacy efforts, The Arc serves the needs of individuals throughout the Quad Cities Area.

The Arc’s programs are designed to meet a range of needs.  As intellectual and developmental disabilities exist across a broad spectrum, so too do The Arc’s services and supports.  From 24-hour residential care to intermittent job coaching, our programs are designed to meet the varied and changing needs of the individuals we serve.

We staff The Arc’s programs with skilled, caring people who value above all the well-being of the individuals with whom they work.  Each day, our 265 employees demonstrate The Arc’s key values: Respect, Commitment, Initiative, Teamwork, Flexibility, and Excellence.

See The Arc of the Quad Cities Area Fiscal Year 16 Annual Report Here



Staff Testimonial

staff pic“My 14 years at the Arc of the Quad Cities Area has been outstanding. Interacting with the amazing individuals that we have here is what makes me get out of bed every day. I never say “I don’t want to go to work”. I love my job. As the individuals learn from me, I also learn a lot from them. They teach me about people skills and how to be a good human being. We work to make these peoples lives ordinary by finding ways to teach them new skills in an extraordinary way.” -Katrina Obertance, Program Supervisor


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