Established in 1954 as a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, The Arc of Hilo was the first and for a long time the only organization on Hawai'i Island devoted to embracing and assisting people with developmental disabilities lead productive, community-oriented lives.
Today, The Arc of Hilo is the largest employer of people with disabilities in Hawai'i County, serving over 220 families and contributing significantly to our island's workforce.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental and/or other disabilities on Hawai'i Island through recreational, educational, vocational and life skills training. We provide employment and residential opportunities to our clients and offer care solutions and support for their families. Our Board of Directors is composed of concerned community based volunteers.
From the start, The Arc of Hilo's founders set standards for serving people with disabilities that eventually transformed both public education and state law. The Arc of Hilo remains on the cutting edge by developing innovative, community-focused opportunities, offering adult day health care, housing, job training and placement, personal assistance and support to live independently.
The Arc of Hilo believes:
- People with disabilities have the right to live, work, and play in the least restrictive environment;
- People have the right to a comprehensive and integrated individualized program and services designed to maximize development, and;
- Families and caregivers play a central role in the lives of people with disabilities and are an important part of our organization.
At The Arc of Hilo:
- 220+ clients benefit from our programs.
- More than 80 people working in our Employment Training Service (ETS) programs represent a $300,000-a-year savings in government social assistance.
- More than 80 people are being served by Community Support Services (CSS) through our home- & community-based programs.
- 75% of our funding came from government sources only five years ago. Today, through our business service contracts and fundraising, our dependence on government support has dropped to 51%.
The Arc of Hilo is serving an increasing number of people with disabilities:
- Nearly 25% of Hawai‘i’s 1.2 million residents have some form of disability.
- 70% of disabled are unemployed or underemployed.
- Of 94,000 persons aged 16 to 64 in Hawai‘i County, 17,224 (18%) are listed as disabled and 11,000 are prevented from work due to their disabilities.
- Increased numbers of “ice babies” and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome children are moving through the school system.
- In the Big Island Schools alone, 3,564 students are presently classified as “Special Needs.”
Notifying the public of rights under title VI The Arc Of Hilo:
The Arc of Hilo operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with The Arc of Hilo.
For more information on The Arc of Hilo’s civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, you may contact one of the following offices:
|The Arc of Hilo
(808) 935-8534, ext. 226
1099 Waianuenue Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720
|Hawaii Department of Transportation
Office of Civil Rights, Title VI Specialist
869 Punchbowl Street, Room 112
Honolulu, HI 96813
|Office of Civil Rights
Att: Title VI Coordinator
East Building, 5th Floor – TCR
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590
|If information is needed in another language:
Contact: The Arc of Hilo
Ms. Karen Chow, Human Resources Manager
(808) 935-8534, ext. 226