Disability agencies in the Triangle announce merger
The three Arc chapters in the Triangle area of North Carolina -- Durham, Orange, and Wake -- have announced a merger. The Arcs of these three counties will join to become The Arc of the Triangle.
Each Arc chapter advocates for and supports individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The merger required the approval by the three boards of directors and the general membership in each county. The merger is effective Tuesday.
With the merger, The Arc of the Triangle will share resources with the goal of keeping costs to a minimum, especially related to expanding rehabilitative and respite services requiring Medicaid and state funding for children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Additionally The Arc of the Triangle expects to be able to increase fundraising, expand its volunteer base, and transfer model programs among the other counties. This new agency will continue to partner with other community agencies, as well as, The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States.
According to Prince Bull, president of the board of the Arc of Durham County, "A larger, more powerful, and more visible Arc of the Triangle organization means effective advocacy, active fund raising for programs, and quality of services and programs.”
There will be a continuation of current services to Arc clients and maintenance of the staffs of all three Arc offices. The local offices in Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh will be maintained to keep programs and services near to the approximately 420 clients they serve. Orange’s current executive director, Robin Baker, said, “A partnering of the Arc chapters in Orange, Wake and Durham counties positions the Arc to continue and expand quality driven supports, services and advocacy across a greater geographic area.”