1949 - 1959
Westchester Arc founded.
Westchester AHRC opens its first school with three young pupils.
The agency hires its first executive director, Elizabeth W. Buck.
The first workshop is opened in Mount Vernon with five individuals.
The Children’s School for Early Development is established.The first of its kind in the county.
1960 - 1969
Employment workshop moves to White Plains. Forty people attend program.
The Yonkers League, a parents auxiliary, holds its first meeting.
Agency’s first community residence opens in White Plains.
PACDS (Parents Association for Children with Down Syndrome) support group formed.
Guardianship program established.
Building at 121 Westmoreland Avenue, White Plains, is named in honor of Herbert Katzenberg.
Mount Kisco Doris Hosmer training center opens.
Camp Echo opens.
Workshop-to-community employment program starts.
Agency opens Westchester’s first pre-school class for children with autism.
MBIA Golf and Tennis Invitational kicks off.
Crisis intervention program established.
First Spring Ball held for program participants.
Transitional services launched to prepare high school students for the adult world.
Pre-school children begin to move into inclusionary settings.
Dr. Beth Mount trains staff in person-centered planning.
The Ann Manzi Center in Mount Kisco opens..
First annual art show held.
NYS CARES housing initiative launched with first house in Bronxville.
Children’s School opens first inclusion class for children with autism/PDD at Small Miracles Pre-School Center, Ossining.
First Annual Golfing for Kids Fundraiser for PreSchool.
Agency launches pre-vocational services
Adult day services pilots “Without Walls,” through which participants go directly from their residences to in-community activities.
Pre-school staff attends verbal behavior workshop conducted by Dr. Vince Carbone.
Echo College holds first on-campus program
The Arc Westchester Foundation established.
Agency purchases land in Hawthorne for new resource center.
Pre-school collaborates for first time with a public school system, Lakeland School District, to operate an inclusion class.
Recreation pilots Echo Onstage.
First A Matter of Taste Fundraiser is held.
The Arc Westchester and The Arc Westchester Foundation launch capital campaign.
Groundbreaking for Gateway to the Community, a new resource center in Hawthorne, N.Y.
The Arc Westchester opens its first residence offering medically enhanced services.
Agency acquires new building for mailroom, micro graphics and e-DocNY business services.
The Arc Westchester closes White Plains Workshop due to successes in community employment. Administrative Headquarters move to new Gleeson-Israel Gateway Center in Hawthorne.
The Arc Westchester achieves National Standards of Excellence accreditation.
Closed all our sheltered workshops and moved into community placement.
Ann Manzi Center opens community garden in collaboration with Food Bank for Westchester.
The Arc Westchester is awarded Westchester Green Business Certification
The Arc Westchester becomes certified by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)
The 1st Technology Conference for Cognition was held at Mercy College
Opened new home in Westchester for young adults graduating from residential schools
The Youth Connection site based program opens in Yonkers and Mount Kisco
Establishment of The Virginia Donovan Charitable Fund
Tibi Guzmán appointed Executive Director/CEO
Opening of Senior Connection, a multi-generational space at The Ann Manzi Center
The Arc Westchester receives Feeding Westchester Award for voluntary services
Richard Swierat receives Lifetime Leadership Award from The Arc US