We believe in limitless possibilities and the power of big dreams.

At The Arc San Francisco, we know a lot about developmental disabilities. But we know even more about big dreams. About the dignity of work. The pride of self-reliance. And the power of a community that works together to lift everyone up.

For over 60 years, our lifelong learning approach has empowered every individual we support to achieve success at their own work, at life...even in love. We invite you to discover how our innovative programs are transforming lives while enriching all of us in the community.

Let's get together on this. Let's dare to dream.

  • The Arc San Francisco Kicks Off The Client Holiday Gift Card Drive on #GivingTuesday, 12/1

    The Arc San Francisco invites you to participate in the global day of giving back, #GIVINGTUESDAY, on December 1st, by purchasing Holiday Gift Cards for Arc Clients.

    The Drive will run through December 17th. Gifts of $25 or more will purchase a Gift Card to Safeway, Target, Walgreen’s or Ross, and will be given to more than 200 clienst who might not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season. 
    We invite supporters to donate by December 17th so gift cards can be distributed before the 25th. Clients will be shopping with their cards on December 18-24.


  • Debut of "Beyond Expectations" Video

  • The Arc San Francisco Raises $270,000 at "Beyond Expectations" Arc Angel Breakfast Event


    San Francisco, California (November 9, 2015) -- More than 270 guests attended the 14th annual Arc Angel Breakfast on October 15th to highlight the achievements of Arc clients and the community that supports their success. The event raised over $270,000 and garnered more than 90 new donors who made gifts and multi-year pledges to help sustain and grow The Arc SF’s continuing education, employment, health care and independent living services.
    Keynote speaker and Deloitte partner Rob Massey set the tone for the “Beyond Expectations” theme, highlighting the benefits of hiring Arc clients with developmental disabilities who ‘...consistently go above and beyond what’s expected of them in the workforce.’”
    The program also debuted a powerful video, “Beyond Expectations,” featuring Arc clients’ personal stories of struggle and success.
    “I’m so proud of our clients and grateful to our supporters who play a vital role in the success of our mission,” said Dr. Glenn Motola, CEO, The Arc San Francisco. “Together we are raising the bar on new opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Learning and growth should last a lifetime, and that’s what our adult education, internships, career preparation and health advocacy programs are designed to do, evolving as the needs and goals of our clients change.”
    Event guests included a broad spectrum of supporters including California State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener, San Francisco City College Board Chair Rafael Mandelman and business leaders from Union Bank, AT&T, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Kaiser Permanente and the California Academy of Sciences.
    The inspiring morning was part of a month-long spotlight on The Arc through fundraising and educational events and an awareness campaign featured on public transit throughout San Francisco.
    The Arc San Francisco is a learning and achievement center for over 750 individuals with developmental disabilities in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. For over 60 years, The Arc has been recognized for its innovation in education and career programs as well as independent living services, health advocacy and a broad range of arts and recreation opportunities. The Arc supports individuals with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities to meet the challenges of adulthood while achieving personal goals and lifelong success. Our affiliations with over 120 business, education and health partners enable us to provide successful internships and employment opportunities while offering a more diverse, enriching life experience for those we serve.
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