The mission of The Arc Advocacy & Resource Center of Ottawa County is to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are valued in order that they and their families participate fully in and contribute to their community.

The Arc provides information on disability related issues and community resources. We also lend an understanding and listening ear to parents who are overwhelmed with the demands of caring for a loved one with a disability at any age.

This chapter was established in 1968 by parents who were seeking services for their children with developmental disabilities. At that time there was no guaranteed education for children with special needs. The families who were founding members of The Arc were instrumental in creating Ottawa Area Center.  

Staff:

Linda VanOpynen, Director of Administrative and Adult Services
Peggy Fakler, Director of Family Support

Board of Directors:

Joe Bechard
Arvile Carroll
James Gurd
Connie Holley
James Holley
Nadine Nordin
Dawn Timmer
Steve Waters
Donna Wehrmeyer
Ron Wolthuis 

Since the beginning, our board of directors has been comprised of family members of a person with a developmental disability and professionals in the field. For over 30 years we have had persons with cognitive impairments serve on our board as well.

We are affiliated with The Arc Michigan and The Arc of the United States