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Our Work in Action: Stories from The Arc's Programs

The Arc of King County serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, from as early as a prenatal diagnosis throughout their lifetime. We connect families together for a network of support, and provide information and referral, community engagement and leadership training, representative payee services, and community residential supports. We promote and protect the human and civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting their full inclusion so that they can live, learn, work, and play in the community – making the world a better place for us all. 


Joel's Story - 2018

Produced by Madison Njos

In 2017, there were 11,643 people who were homeless in King County. It's estimated that 40% of the homeless population has a disability.

Joel has been supported by The Arc of King County for over 27 years, and lived in Ballard since the 1980s. In September of 2016, he was forced to leave his home of over 20 years and left without permanent housing for 12 months while The Arc, PROVAIL, and Parkview Services worked to get Joel back to his community of Ballard. 

In November 2017, Joel moved back home to Ballard. This is his story. 


Where is Christa Now - June 2017

Produced by Madison Njos

Three months after the Legacy Gala and Awards, we caught up with Christa to see how she's doing in her new home. Check out how she's doing today. 


Christa's Story - 2017

Produced by Red Element Studios

More than 40 percent of the homeless population are people with disabilities. Increasingly, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are navigating crises brought by lack of affordable housing and  the limited financial resources of a fixed income.

Christa Grant was diagnosed with a disability at birth: she has been interacting with a number of systems her entire life. In 2014, a domestic violence situation left her homeless, with no family or natural supports to help. She spent two years couch surfing and sleeping on the streets while working with The Arc's Representative Payee and Information and Family Support programs to regain stable housing.


Living Our Legacy: 80 Years at The Arc of King County - 2016

Founded in 1936, The Arc works with families from prenatal diagnosis through end of life care. This video highlights former Board Trustee and honored community member, Margaret Lee Thompson, and the Urite Family, longtime participants in The Arc's Parent to Parent and Information & Family Support programs. 


Joel Romeo, Supported Living Participant - 2014

Produced & Directed by Marcy Stone-Francois

At The Arc of King County, we provide Supported Living direct care to about 45 people and we see both the immediate need and tremendous benefits of community residential services. We know having a friendship or relationship with someone with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) changes attitudes and beliefs about what people with I/DD can accomplish and raises expectations for what they can achieve and contribute in their lifetimes. 

The Supported Living model is the most cost-efficient for residential care and the most person-centered, connecting people with natural supports so they can thrive. Joel is a longtime program participant who has been embraced by his neighborhood community in Ballard. This film was produced and directed by Marcy Stone-Francois, edited by Mikhail Skopstov, with Cinematography by Futsam Tsegai and Cozell Wilson. Nobody Loves Joel Romeo won "Best Film" and "Best Original Score" at the 2014 International Documentary Challenge at Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.