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recognizing the contributions of our citizens with

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The United Arc
294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Tel (413) 774-5558
Fax (413) 863-5219

Family Support Office
Tel (413) 774-2105

Welcome to The United Arc

The United Arc provides an array of flexible services for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. During fiscal year 2014, The United Arc provided services to more than 900 individuals and families from 47 communities in Franklin and Hampshire counties and in surrounding communities. We are pleased to be serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 63 years!

   ~ Ed Porter,Executive Director

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New Employment Opportunities

*Direct Support Professional

*Community Support Direct Care

* Residential Direct Care



Ed Porter's Retirement Celebration

Retirement Open House
August 26, 2015 4-7PM
Terrazza Ristorante
244 Country Club Road, Greenfield, MA
hors d'oeuvres ~ cash bar ~ photo booth

Join The United Arc as we say farewell to Ed Porter after 39 years as our Executive Director! 
Reminisce with families, friends, and staff as we celebrate Ed's contributions to our community and wish him luck as he sets sail on his next adventure!

We are collecting stories and photos for a memory book for Ed! Please bring your favorite photo or memory to share with him. Include your address to have your photo returned.

For more information or to contribute a written memory or photo to share with Ed, please contact Felicia Spiess at (413) 774-5558 x1058 or

Ed Porter Staff Education & Development Fund

Throughout his career, Ed has fostered an environment that encourages employees to follow their educational aspirations. From direct care to senior management, he has seen first hand that providing opportunities for staff to broaden their knowledge directly impacts the quality of services we offer, and allows us to develop new ways to meet the changing needs of our community.

Help us continue his legacy of supporting staff excellence!
This ongoing fund will provide financial support to staff pursuing professional certification or higher education, allow us to offer internal trainings, and create opportunitites for staff innovation.

Our Goal is $10,000! Will you help?
(click above be taken to our donation page!)

For more information or to make a contribution to this fund, 

please contact Felicia Spiess at (413) 774-5558 x1058 or




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Vision Statement

The United Arc affirms that all people are valued and interdependent and that each person deserves opportunities and support to pursue individual goals and achieve maximum potential.  We envision a society that respects, includes and promotes the contributions of all community members.

Mission Statement

The United Arc is committed to ensuring that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have full access to systems and opportunities that uphold human rights, enhance growth and wellbeing, offer choice and promote full inclusion in society.  This mission is carried out by providing services, conducting advocacy, identifying resources and creating community partnerships. 

Read the article in Time Magazine about The United Arc - Vol. 178, No. 10, September 2011

Read the article from the Arc of Massachusetts newsletter regarding our 60th Anniversary Celebration!



    The new, revised, legal definition of an individual with an intellectual disability consistent with the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


View our 60th Birthday historical review HERE.

A short collage of some events and people through the years.


Explanation of our new logo colors.