Mission Statement

To promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities while actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Our Programs

Established in 1938 by a small group of concerned and passionate parents and community members, The Arc of the Peninsulas has become a catalyst for changing the public perception of children with disabilities. 


Our programs encompass services critical to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who reside in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Mason counties. Our programs include Parent to Parent Support, Advocacy; Community Engagement, Healthy Relationships training, Success Job training; The Arc Enrichment Center/Friday Night Social (Dance), Specialized Habilitation, Explore Kitsap, Virtual Social Hour; Representative Payee.

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Taking Action

The Arc communicates with local, state, and national lawmakers so they can make informed decisions regarding the well being of Washington’s citizens with developmental disabilities. The Arc works diligently to preserve fundamental human rights and to assure that necessary programs and services are available.

Through individual, group, and systems advocacy, The Arc promotes opportunities for living, learning, playing, and working in the community. Read the latest The Arc United States governmental affairs information and Washington State political affairs information to stay informed on issues of concern. See the Arc website for information.

Read the latest The Arc United States governmental affairs information and Washington State governmental affairs information to stay informed on issues of concern. See the Arc website for information.

The Arc of Washington (www.arcwa.org)

The Arc of the United States (www.thearc.org)

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The Arc Enrichment Center

Making a Difference

The Arc Enrichment Center is a social and recreational activity center for adults with developmental disabilities. Our center is an inviting place where members can enjoy the company of friends, play games, learn a craft, create art of all varieties, and take part in weekly outings in the community.

Activities Include:

Daily activities at the center include arts and crafts, games, movies, karaoke, bingo, and educational classes.

Weekly Explore Kitsap outings include: museums, parks, beaches, library, shops, among many others. 


3243 N. Perry Avenue

Bremerton, WA 98310

(360) 377-3473


Please refer to our monthly calendar on our program software:



Hourly Rate: $15.00/per hour

Friday Night Social: $8.00/per event

Specialized Habilitation

Specialized Habilitation support can help individuals enhance their well-being, create healthy relationships, navigate challenges, and improve their overall quality of life. Specialized Habilitation helps people learn or maintain a range of life skills in any of the following categories:

  • Self Advocacy  

  • Safety Awareness

  • Self Empowerment

  • Learning New Skills

  • Managing Daily Tasks

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Effective Social Communication

  • Coping Strategies for Everyday Life Challenges


Specialized Habilitation is for anyone enrolled in the Individual and Family Services (IFS)*, Basic Plus, Children’s Intensive In-Home Behavior Support (CIIBS) or Core waiver (and not receiving residential habilitation services)


Community Engagement

Services are designed to develop creative, flexible, and supportive community resources and relationships. This service helps connect individuals to resources in their community and supports them to participate, engage, and integrate into the community. This service is available in the Individual and Family Services, Basic Plus and Core waivers.


Friday Night Social is BACK

Creating Community

“The Dance” is one of The Arc’s most popular program since 1978 and strives to increase social skills, meaningful participation, and self-determination, all in a recreational opportunity. It is an evening where the community comes together in a safe environment to have fun, meet friends, and of course, dance.

The dance is most Friday nights from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Adults 18 years and older only. 


Healthy Relationships

Education & Outreach

We teach an 8-week Healthy Relationships Program to participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We are addressing an unmet educational need: what makes ANY relationship healthy or unhealthy.

Education about healthy relationships gives participants practical information to help them establish and respect boundaries.  This program teaches participants the concepts of respect, choice, and trust as well as details on identifying and reporting abuse.  Our curriculum is based on the inherent value and worth we each possess as human beings. 

The Healthy Relationship Program is provided free of charge to participants, and we provide all materials and all instruction.  Healthy Relationships is an 8-week, hour-long program offered once a week.

This program has been adapted from the solutions-focused “Healthy Relationships” curriculum developed by Theresa Fears, MSW, at The Arc of Spokane. 


Parent 2 Parent

Connecting and Supporting Families

The Arc of the Peninsulas provides Parent to Parent services to Kitsap and Jefferson Counties.

For parents, supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) can be

challenging. Talking to someone who has traveled a similar road can be tremendously helpful.

In Washington, about 70% of people with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) live

at home with a parent or family caregiver. Supporting an individual with I/DD comes with many responsibilities and some challenges along the way. The Arc of the Peninsulas' family support

programs can help parents and family caregivers develop resiliency, connect to services,

and plan for the future. 
Matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained,

experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues.

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Representative Payee

Safeguard your future

The Arc provides protective payee services to individuals who receive Social Security benefits. Our financial counselors are experienced professionals who work confidently with clients to help them meet their personal and financial goals. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those receiving Social Security benefits achieve greater financial stability and independence with support from The Arc's Representative Payee Services. Our trained financial counselors provide personal assistance to help clients manage their monthly income, pay bills, stay on budget, and avoid predatory lending and financial exploitation.


Stephens Neighborhood

Fostering Support for Young Adults with Special Needs in North Kitsap

Stephens Neighborhood is a grassroots gathering of people in North Kitsap who love kids and are concerned about helping Special Needs young adults have full and rewarding lives.

Our schools do a great job, but we—as a community—need to step in to continue this vital process when these young people “age out” of the educational system. This is not a parents-only organization. To be effective it requires the talent and commitment of many members of the neighborhood who simply care. There are numerous ways to volunteer.

Stephens Neighborhood, which consists of North Kitsap area parents, educators and other interested community members, started a conversation regarding the needs for services in North Kitsap.