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Who We Are

About The Arc

The Arc of Central Virginia was started over 50 years ago by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who fought against society’s expectation that their child be sent to a state institution. Thanks to their work, and the movement they created, life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families is far better than it was in the early 1960’s.

We have served the Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell and the City of Lynchburg since 1962. The Arc of Central Virginia is dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals in the community and their families to prevent institutional placement, now and in the future. We believe that individuals need choices. We encourage individuals to choose opportunities and activities that will help them reach their full potential.


The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime.

Day Support Professionals

Sandra Lindsay
Angie Thomas
Tameka Sparrow
Machelle Tucker
Anissa Crawley
Avery “LA” Robertson
Beverly White

Teresa Johnson
Donna Branham
Barbara Jones
Cindy Kidd
Katie Wilson
Ruvenia Coleman
LeBre Annan

Hazel Morris
Cordelia Shearer
Arlene Braxton
Minnie Giles
Curtis Staton
Felicia Turner

Stella Culpepper
Medical Aide: Renee Allen
Simone Bradley
Anna Davis
Ray Thomas
Bernard Reeves

Board of Directors

Ed Pollaway – President
Mary Jo Matthews – President-Elect
Diane Kitts – Past President
Beth Rinckel – Secretary
Lauren Dixon – Treasurer
Ida Powell – Director Emeritus

Don Hamilton
Donovan Huffer
Dana Koenig
Sierria Lopez

Lyn Long
Jennifer Porter
Dan Raessler

Sarah Raessler
Jeremy Welsh
Jan Wiley

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