Shared leadership as both agencies continue to study the viability and benefits of merging or consolidating various operations.
BREMERTON, WA, September 7, 2023 -- The Arc of the Peninsulas today announces that it has entered into a definitive affiliation agreement with Peninsula Services to study the viability and benefits of merging their programs and operations. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, both agencies will remain separate legal entities, each with an independent board of directors but a shared principal executive officer. Chris Tibbs has been named Chief Executive Officer for both The Arc and Peninsula Services.
"Our natural alliance and shared vision of bringing housing and employment for those we serve is a historic step forward for our community, continuing the long legacy of these two nonprofit organizations. We are stronger together", stated Holly James, CEO of Peninsula Services
The Arc of the Peninsulas recently made local news with the announcement of its $9.9M affordable housing project, The Bill Mahan Apartments, a new integrated multifamily project located in downtown Bremerton. Grants from the Washington State Department of Health & Human Services and Kitsap County will fully fund the project's construction.
Best known for its All Shred, ServMart Stores, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Peninsula Services, with an annual budget of $9.5M, employs more than 100 individuals throughout Kitsap County, many with a diagnosed disability.
"Employment and Housing are a natural fit," said Chris Tibbs, CEO of The Arc of the Peninsulas. "We are confident that here in the not-too-distant future, a merged entity will be the catalyst for empowerment for persons with differing abilities."
About The Arc of the Peninsulas
Founded by Senator Lulu D. Haddon in 1938, The Arc of the Peninsulas has provided services locally to thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the Olympic Peninsula region. The Arc has tirelessly promoted the acceptance and inclusion of people of all abilities, advocated for the most current research-based improvements, and opened new doors in helping people achieve a lifetime of success.
About Peninsula Services
Peninsula Services was founded in 1971 by parents and community advocates concerned with the lack of opportunities for their children with disabilities to receive practical training services for a meaningful life. Since its beginning, Peninsula Services has believed in expanding opportunities for adults with disabilities. Peninsula Services is dedicated to the philosophy that all people have the ability to excel, to grow, and to achieve personal goals. At the core of Peninsula Services is a highly dedicated team of professionals who work together with people who deserve an equal chance at life.