Ridge Area Arc was founded in 1957 by Franklyn and Mary Ellen Ward, along with a group of local parents who had children with developmental disabilities.
Our founding parents’ love for their children has grown into the Ridge Area Arc of today, which is the community’s largest, most comprehensive provider of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A special group of investors rallied around Ridge Area Arc in 1994 making large gifts to create the Ridge Area Arc Foundation.
The mission of the Foundation is to secure funds through estate planning and other measures and invest funds specifically for endowing the programs and services of Ridge Area Arc.
The Foundation is steadfast in its belief that with the help of caring members of our community, the Ridge Area Arc will continue to provide necessary programs for people with developmental, intellectual, and other disabilities for generations to come.