About Us

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“To provide education, advocacy, and support to children and adults with disabilities to foster empowerment and full inclusion in the community.”


The Arc of Bismarck is a private, non-profit 501(C)3 advocacy organization formed in 1957. Initially founded by a small group of parents and stakeholders, The Arc has offered various services and supports over the years, always morphing to meet the current needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. The Arc of Bismarck is dedicated to improving community support and services, influencing public policy at all levels, providing education and training for advocates, self-advocates, and parents, and achieving full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. 

The Arc Thrift Store:

    • Generates financial support for The Arc’s programs.
    • Provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.


The Arc of Bismarck:

    • Focuses on community-based programs dedicated to individuals with disabilities and their families.
    • Engages in advocacy for people with disabilities by actively participating in crucial projects and committees at both the local and state levels.

Both arms heavily rely on fundraising efforts to sustain their activities. The unique combination of these diverse funding streams results in significant positive changes for individuals with disabilities, enhancing their access to essential support, services, and advocacy.