The Arc of Ulster-Greene is a private not-for-profit agency founded on May 9, 1956 by a group of 50 local parents in Ulster County who believed their children with disabilities should receive educational services and have the same opportunities as their peers. During the first year, this new organization borrowed space at Temple Emanuel Kingston and provided school services to approximately 15 children.
The following year, a summer camp and school classes were established with the help from Kingston School District and Ulster County Community Chest. As the organization grew, its members continued to advocate with all local school districts to create a similar school in their areas. Ten years later teachers and staff moved into the former Number 4 School in Kingston, establishing a school that would provide educational services to preschoolers and children with multiple disabilities.
In 1967, a group of 50 local families in Greene County became the 49th chapter of NYSARC Greene County. Upon being established, they ran a five-week summer camp that supported 18 children.
In 1997, Ulster and Greene counties combined resources to create a more comprehensive offering of services to all of the people they support. As the organization grew, so did the number of people supported.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene Foundation was established in 1989 to provide continued financial backing to the organization.
In 2015, we rebranded and changed our name from Ulster-Greene ARC to The Arc of Ulster-Greene. “The Arc” symbolizes the support we provide throughout a person’s life and represents our strength and solidarity as part of the country’s largest family-based organization advocating for the support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We currently provide 1,300 people in our community – from preschool through adulthood – services so that they will have the opportunity to live and experience full lives.