St. Bernard Parish
Chalmette Community Center
3700 Jean Lafitte Pkwy.
Chalmette, LA 70043
St. Tammany Parish
Covington Community Center
106 E. 25th Avenue
Covington, LA 70433
A United Way Partner Agency
Accredited by: CARF
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
– Anatole France, Author
It started out as an idea in 1953 by a group of concerned parents. Originally known as the Association for Retarded Children, a small, but extremely determined gathering of parents organized and implemented an action plan as a means of helping each other and their children affected by mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. Slowly, limited education services were initiated with the determination of parents-volunteers leading the efforts.
Now known as Arc of Greater New Orleans, the organization and its services have flourished over the years to now serving some 1000 children and adults in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes. Arc provides various services throughout the entire community including Early Intervention, Family Services Coordination, Respite, Personal Care, Employment/Habilitation and Supported Living assistance.
Board of Directors
Marc Chevis, President
Jennifer O'Neal, Secretary
Duane Superneau, M.D.
Cliff Doescher, M.A., Executive Director
Vance Levesque, C.P.A., Controller
Michelle Chaisson, PHR, Director of Adm. Supports
Malbert Helton, Maintenance Director
Milton Batiste, M.A., Transportation Director
FAMILY SERVICE COORDINATION
Caroline Cottingham, B.A., Director
INDIVIDUAL OPTIONS/EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Tom Barnes, B.A., Director
Valerie St. Amant , B.A., Associate Director
Nicole Blair, M.A., Director
Glenda Dickinson, B.S., Director
Lori Malbroue, B.S., Director
UPTOWN LEARNING CENTER
Lavinya Veals, Interium Director