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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

Employment Opportunities & Events

New Employment Opportunities

*Office Assistant

*Parent Educators

*Community Support Direct Care

* Residential Direct Care



Ed Porter's Retirement Celebration
August 26, 2015

Time & Location TBA

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


From ME, MYSELF, and I to YOU, ME, and WE:

A series on Friendships, Dating, and Community


Wednesday, May 6 & 20, June 3 &17


The United Arc Conference Room

294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA


Do you want to expand your social life, or learn how to voice what you want (or don't want) in relationships? This series invites adults 18+ to do just that in a safe, fun, and interactive space!


Come to one or all!

*Pizza will be Served*

  • May 6th: Who Am I? What Do I Want?
  • May 20th: How to Say Yes: Asking for What You Want
  • June 3rd: How to Say No: Keeping Yourself Safe! Featuring Self-Advocate James Miller!

  • June 17th: Other Topics: Your Questions Answered!

For more information or to register

Contact Ness Bellini 

413-774-5558 x1004 or

See our flyer: HERE

22 Free things, services, grants for kids with special needs!

Family Support Picnic


Wednesday, June 24th

Camp Keewanee

1 Health Camp Road, Greenfield, MA 

Provided: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Rolls, Condiments, Beverages, and FUN!

Please bring a salad or dessert to share!


Swimming * Basketball * Crafts

Face Painting * Music & Dance


Please RSVP so we can plan enough food!

Call Rachel at 413-774-5558 x1042 or

Jen at 978-249-4052

Bus Transportation is available from Athol & Orange.
Please speak to Jen to reserve your seat!

View Flyer HERE


The Franklin County Diaper Task Force and The United Way of Franklin County


Franklin County 

Diaper Drive Drop-Off!

Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM

June 1st-20th

The United Arc

294 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

Bring a package of diapers to help a family in need!Despite being a necessity, Diapers are not eligible for purchase through Food Stamps, WIC, or Food Bank partnerships! Help families provide this necessity to their children and ensure they are able to be changed frequently and sanitarily!

View Flyer HERE
Diaper Drop off - site list



June Constant Contact Update


June is here already! On June 24th we will hold our annual Family Support Picnic at Camp Keewanee, and Frontier Club will be holding their Self Advocacy Prom at the Athol Town Hall on June 13th! We are collecting diapers here at 294 Avenue A all month for low-moderate income families in need, which will culminate in the United Way Day of Action Franklin County Diaper Driveon June 20th at the Greenfield Town Common! Despite being a necessity for babies and small children, diapers aren't covered by traditional assistance programs, and families often struggle to purchase them. This drive will help alleviate this cost to families and give much needed relief to babies in need of a change! 

We have also announced the date of Ed Porter's Retirement Party for August 26th! Make sure to mark your calendars and prepare your stories to share.

The FY2016 state budget is coming along and is now in conference committee.Both the House and senate showed strong support for programs supporting people with I/DD, and we are supporting a combination of the two versions. Please take a minute to email your legislators to thank them for prioritizing supports for people with disabilities and their families, and encourage them to support the conference committee suggestions below.

Awards Ceremonies & Annual Meetings

On May 15th, GAAAFSN held their Annual Meeting and honored Bill Graziano, Mary Lunny, and Quabbin Mediation for their commitment and support of people with I/DD and the North Quabbin Community. GAAAFSN's first year of scholarships were awarded to Krista Bailey, Robert Godley, Halden Charter, and Brittany Miller, with Nathaniel Marshall receiving the Hinchey Scholarship in honor of Virginia & Patrick Hinchey. Special recognition was also given to Bill Hinchey by Board Member Doreen Gallien. Thanks to Susannah Whipps-Lee for helping honor these community members!

On the 21st, we held The United Arc Annual Meeting at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory with an amazing turnout! Barbara Morrell received the Marguerite Canedy award for her long-standing commitment to the I/DD community, and Kathy Arsenault and Betsy Misch were recognized as employees of the year. Americorps volunteers BJ Miller, Ness Bellini, and Bobby Falco-Killoran, and Family Friends volunteers also received recognition for their work supporting our families. We were also honored to recognize the legal team behind the recent landmark case affirming the rights of parents with disabilities to raise their children. We closed the evening with a recognition of Ed Porter's many years of service to The United Arc with words from Arc family members and long-time colleagues. 




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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.