Union County

The Arc of Union County started alongside The Arc of Mecklenburg County in Charlotte.  In 1981, The Arc of Union County became its own 501(c)(3).  We have had a rich history of providing advocacy services to the residents of our county ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in the comunity. 

Our Monroe office is located just off Highway 74 at the eastern edge of town, just across the street from Hilltop Bistro and inside the Metro Medical Campus. 

Below is information about specific services provided in Union County. For a full listing of our services, please visit our services page

Information and Referral

We provide information and referral in response to telephone and web inquiries about services, resources, and issues related to developmental disabilities. We provide information about educational issues and opportunities for children and adults, people's rights in school and community settings, transportation options, leisure and recreational activities, guardianship and alternatives, housing options, vocational and job opportunities, parent and family support, respite care, in-home support, Cardinal Innovations Behavioral Healthcare, faith communities, how to apply for benefits, futures planning, and various other requests. We make referrals to public and private agencies. Contact our office at 704-261-1550.

Aktion Club

In conjunction with the Monroe Kiwanis Club, The Arc has joined forces to sponsor a service club for adults with developmental disabilities. The club meets monthly with an agenda to foster service to other charities in Union County. The Arc provides support and meeting space for these individuals with developmental disabilities in the Aktion Club.

The Aktion Club of Monroe usually meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at Benton Heights Presbyterian Church located at 2701 Concord Highway, Monroe, NC. Contact Steve McIllwain at (704) 261-1550 ext. 201 or for information about Aktion Club activities.

First In Families of the Southern Piedmont

We serve as the housing agency for a local FIF chapter. First In Families (serving Union, Cabarrus, Stanly, Rowan, and Davidson counties) is a family support initiative operated by a family/consumer management team, providing supports to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their family member(s). We have the funding and ability to provide small grants (as our funds and policies allow) to qualifying individuals to distribute funds for emergency expenses, special equipment or non-covered medical needs. We also leverage these dollars so that this becomes an initiative to empower, not enable, our community. Please call Cindy Carroll at 704-261-1550 x 204 for more information.


accepting registrations now! Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities. The Sibshop curriculum is used throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Guatemala, Turkey, and Argentina. It is designed for children ages 8-13 who have a brother, sister, or relative living in their home who has special needs. Please call Melanie Miller at 704.261.1550 x 203 for more information.

Circle of Parents

Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent support group program that gives parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. Our bilingual Circle of Parents group focuses on the successes and challenges of raising children from birth to age 5 with special needs.  Participants learn how to advocate for their children and how to parent in a positive way. They also build leadership skills and gain a network of support. For more information in Spanish, reach out to Nanette Vallecillo at 980-337-7652 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information in English, reach out to Amy Oster at 704-441-7029 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Circle of Parents is funded by Alliance for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, education and emotional development of children birth to age five. To learn more, visit www.theAllianceforChildren.org or call 704-226-1407.