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Our History

We have been serving people with I/DD and their families since 1954.

Timeline of Events

2021

  1. The traffic circle and garden in front of the F.M. Kirby Administrative Center is dedicated in former Executive Director William R. Testa's name.

2020

  1. Executive Director William R. Testa retired after 38 years of dedicated service

2019

  1. In memory of his Uncle James Krauklis, Matt Dinday rode his bicycle cross county from San Francisco to Portland, ME to raise awareness and funds for the agency

2017

  1. Agency-wide Family Picnic held at the Loretta & Julius Krauklis Center in Flanders with over 250 in attendance

2016

  1. Re-opening of former Chatham Respite Home as Chatham Group Home

2013

  1. Opened the Rubenstein Respite Home

  2. 25th Annual Arc/Morris Foundation Golf Outing Held

2011

  1. Completed Expansion of the Hanover and Dover Adult Training Centers

2010

  1. The newly renovated and re-named central office, The Arc/Morris Chapter’s F.M. Kirby Administrative Center, is dedicated.

2008

  1. The opening and dedication of the new Loretta & Julius Krauklis Center takes place.

2007

  1. Purchase of Flanders School

  2. Secured long-term, 25 year lease for Central Administrative Headquarters

  3. Initiated first Capital Campaign to raise $3,000,000

2014

  1. Parsippany Access I Group Home opened (#18)

  2. 50th Anniversary celebrated

  3. Walkathon held for the first time

2001

  1. Dover Adult Training Center opened, serving Medical and Senior Special Needs

2000

  1. Saturday Respite Program established

  2. Hanover Township Mountain Avenue Group Home opened (#16), our first donated home

1994

  1. Aftercare Respite Program Established

1993

  1. Morris Township Ketch Road Supervised Apartment Program opened, dedicated as The Harry F. Wilkinson Arc House for Independent Living

1992

  1. Agency name changed to The Arc/Morris County Chapter, New Jersey, Inc.

  2. First Annual Radiocast held

1991

  1. Supportive Living Program established

1990

  1. Randolph Township Group Home dedicated (#12), our first newly constructed home funded by HUD

1989

  1. Special Needs Adaptive Preschool (SNAP) opened

1988

  1. In-Home Respite Program established

  2. Morristown Behavioral Special Needs Group Home opened (#11)

1987

  1. Hanover Adult Training Center opened

1986

  1. St. Elizabeth's Adult Training Center opened

1985

  1. Developmental Day Care program established at the St. Elizabeth location

1984

  1. Supported Employment Program started

1983

  1. Flanders Adult Training Center opened

1982

  1. First Group Home opened in Lake Hiawatha, Parsippany Troy-Hills Township

1980

  1. Administrative Office moved to Central Avenue on the Greystone Psychiatric Hospital Campus

1978

  1. Morris County Adaptive Recreational Program (McARP) established

1977

  1. Purchased the Garland School, relocated offices to this Chester site and renamed it Deerhaven

1972

  1. Early Intervention Program established

1970

  1. Two new school busses were purchased to transport Day Training pupils

1964

  1. Day Time Care Training Center started

1963

  1. "Happy Day" Camp begins with 14 campers

1959

  1. Boy Scout Group & Girl Scout Troop started

  2. First office opened in Morristown

1958

  1. Nursery class established

1957

  1. Sheltered Workshop Program established

1954

  1. Formally incorporated as the New Jersey Association for Retarded Children, Morris Unit and joined the National Association for Retarded Children