Services Through The Arc
The majority of our services through The Arc are authorized through Crawford County Human Services (CCHS) with state and federal funding. We also receive funding from private sources and the United Way of Western Crawford County. If you do not have a Supports Coordinator through CCHS, you should contact their main switchboard at (814) 724-8380 to begin the intake process.
Home and Community Habilitation Program/Day Program
Home and Community Hab, typically referred to as “Day Program,” is a direct service providing support either in a person’s home or in the community to assist them in achieving goals as outlined in their ISPs. With each program individualized to fit the person’s needs and interests, Home and Community Hab. services allow for individuals to partner with community members to work on building their independence in various aspects of their daily lives including but not limited to socialization, self-care, personal hygiene, communication, and accessing community resources. These partnerships provide lasting relationships for individuals to connect with and learn from others, creating a community support system for each person. Home and Community Hab. services through The Arc help each individual create their own lives and explore interests with the safety of a community member with them to guide and assist with any problems the individual may have, opening up new opportunities for each person.
Family Support Services
- Companion Services
Companion services allow for individuals to enjoy the company of a community member while they are at home or in the community to help ensure their health and safety throughout the day. Companions assist in taking care of individuals by helping prepare meals, doing chores, and various other tasks the individual may need.
The OASIS club is a group for adults with various intellectual disabilities to be able to meet once a month and explore the community with each other. Together, the members of OASIS attend community events and functions with the supervision of Arc staff, allowing them to socialize with peers in a safe environment. Past OASIS outings have been to Christmas parties, camping trips, theme parks, and more.
- Drop-In Center
The Arc’s Drop-In Center is based at 222 Chestnut Street in Meadville and is open to adults 18 and over who choose to use the space for social and recreational activities. Open Monday through Friday 6-9pm and Saturdays from 12-4pm, the Drop-In Center provides a space for individuals to spend time with peers with Arc staff monitoring and facilitating events such as bingo, movies, video games, cooking classes, crafts and more. These events allow for individuals to develop skills as well as spend time in a space created for them and adapted to their specific needs.
- Respite Services
Respite is a short term service designed to supervise and support individuals living in private homes. Services may be needed due to the absence or need for relief of those persons normally providing care. Respite can be provided either on a daily or 15-minute basis.
- Teen Camp
One of The Arc’s most popular activities, Teen Camp is a summer program held at The Arc for individuals 13-21 who would like to engage in social and recreational activities with peers. The Arc staff work closely with individuals in Teen Camp to explore the community, build communication skills, and learn new talents.
Representative Payee Services
Representative Payees work closely with individuals to help manage and allocate individuals’ funds appropriately to ensure bills are paid on time. Payees also assist with tracking and accounting for monies spent, budgeting, and tenant-landlord communications to ensure each individual receives the support necessary to live as independently as possible. Representative Payees are financial advocates for everyone they work with.
Licensed Residential Habilitation – Community Homes
- Group Homes
Group Homes provide the opportunity for many individuals that need extra care to live in a home environment with the support of 24-hour staff to assist in daily activities. Typically built for one to four individuals, Group Homes create an environment in which each individual can learn to increase their independence while socializing with peers and in the community. Group Homes integrate themselves seamlessly into their communities, providing a comfortable setting where each person can learn at their own pace.
- Family Living Program
The Family Living Program matches individuals with an intellectual disability with a family or person in the community to live together. The families that take in these individuals, known as Family Living Providers, are an integral part of the individual’s supports team and assist the individual in the home with increasing their independence through daily living activities, social skills, and communication skills, all while maintaining the individual’s health and safety. As a result of this arrangement, many individuals feel empowered to further integrate themselves into the family and community, creating lasting bonds between the two.
Because the Family Living Program is so unique to each individual, The Arc makes every attempt to ensure the right fit between the family and the individual prior to moving them in together. This process promotes a higher success rate of the program for both parties. To do this, the family’s and individual’s personal preferences and personalities are compared to ensure compatibility while the physical space is assessed to ensure it meets the needs of the individual. If you would like to know more about the Family Living Program or becoming a Family Living Provider, please email the Family Living Program Manager by clicking the link.
- Domiciliary Care
A partnership between Active Aging and The Arc, Domiciliary Care is a program in which individuals can choose to live with a family in a protected living arrangement in the community when they otherwise could not live independently due to social and economic situations. Individuals in the Domiciliary Care program do not require institutional or nursing care but may have difficulty with everyday living because of their age or due to a physical, visual, or mental impairment. They also must meet financial guidelines to be eligible for the program. While many individuals in Domiciliary Care do have intellectual disabilities, it is not a requirement of the program.
To learn more about entering Domiciliary Care or becoming a provider, please email the Program Manager by clicking the link.
The Arc of Crawford County
222 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: (814) 724-7346
Fax: (814) 724-7373
Hours of Operation
The Arc's regular business hours are:
Drop-In Center hours are: