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Community Guide

Community Guide Services provide support to individuals in developing social networks and connections within local communities. The purpose of the service is to promote self-determination, increase independence, and enhance the individual’s ability to interact with and contribute to his or her local community.

Individual must have Medicaid to receive Community Guide Services.

Community Guide can assist:

• with locating non-Medicaid community supports and resources; this includes social activities, classes, volunteer opportunities, and educational resources.

• the individual and family with advocating for school services.

• in locating options for renting or purchasing a personal residence; assist with purchasing furnishings for the personal residence.

• the family in locating day/child care options.

• the individual with identifying a self-advocacy organization or other advocacy resources.

• with explaining guardianship and alternatives to guardianship.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Smith at 919-316-9937 or


Employment Services

The Arc of the Triangle’s Employment Services
provide support to adults looking for permanent employment in the community. 
Services include assessment, job development, coaching, intensive training, and long-term follow along.

Your Arc of the Triangle Employment Specialist will:

  • Meet with you to learn about your skills, abilities and interests to help you find a job.
  • Work with you to create a resume and build interview skills.
  • Advocate to find potential job opportunities.
  • Take you to meet employers and help you through the application and interview process.
  • Provide you with a job coach to provide on the job training to ensure maximum independence and success.
  • Assist you with transportation training if needed.
  • Monitor your work and progress.
  • Help you to become part of the work team.
  • Provide long term supports and follow-up as needed. 

It's easy to get started!

Durham County:
By being referred through VR:
4312 Western Park Place
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 560-6810

Orange County:
By being referred through VR:
548 Smith Level Road
Carrboro 27510
(919) 969-7350 

Wake County:
By being referred through VR Services (ages 22 and older)
4900 Waters Edge Dr
Raleigh, NC 27699
(919) 859-8301

VR Services through Wake County public school system (ages 17-21)
530 E. Perry Avenue
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 694-0530

For more information on Vocational Rehabilitation, click here!



FOR EMPLOYERS: The Arc of the Triangle supports the principle that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities [I/DD] should have the opportunity to work in their communities. 

  • People with I/DD are reliable and dedicated employees
  • Customer loyalty increases - people feel good spending money at a business that supports the community
  • Workplace diversity
  • Tax credit and other government resources
  • Community Awareness
  • No-cost job candidate pre-screening - offering the best possible candidate
  • On the job training assistance - setting up new employees for success


All Employment Services participants are subject to The Arc’s policy on non-discrimination. Participation is not based on race, color, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or any other consideration protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Individual Services

Individual Services offers a unique approach to serving individuals who have funding sources like the Innovations waiver. The Arc hires, trains and supervises support staff. Services based on individual need as well as funding.

Please call one of our offices to speak to staff. Or click here download our Information and Referral form to get started.

Project SEE



Project SEE [Supported Employment Experience]

A summer internship program for Wake County high school age students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities that helps students to:

  • Occupational Course of Study [OCS] high school credit
  • Enhance job skills that can lead to long term employment for many
  • Training and support at every job site

Project SEE (Supported Employment Experience) gives students the opportunity to develop or enhance their social skills and gain valuable work experience through a 6 week summer program while earning 135 hours of competitive employment towards their OCS graduation requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

The Project SEE Program Director and Admissions Committee will assess the eligibility of each student who submits an application. To determine eligibility, the Program Director will review documentation of the student’s disability, verify OCS credit needs (as applicable) and interview the student with his/her parent or caregiver. Priority for selection is given to eligible students who are aging out of the school system and who require at least 135 credit hours towards graduation.

Students eligible for Project SEE are those who:

  • are between the ages of 17 and 22 and have mild to moderate developmental disabilities.
  • demonstrate emerging vocational skills and the ability to engage in purposeful activity.
  • want to learn to work in the community and have families/caregivers who are supportive of their participation in Project SEE.
  • have or can arrange for their own transportation to and from the job site
  • need on-site support on the job in order to work in the community.
  • are able to work in a public job site in a ratio of 2 students to 1 job trainer.  (Students who need 1:1 support may be considered if they have a personal assistant attending throughout the program)
  • have personal care skills and behaviors which can be accommodated at a public job site.
  • have the health status and availability to commit to the full 6 weeks. Vacations and summer camps are not to be scheduled during the 6 week program
  • have the stamina and physical ability to work 4.5 hours per day, 5 days per week


  • Students must be available to work the entire 6 weeks. Students who have vacations or summer camps scheduled during the program are not eligible.
  • Students accepted to the program are matched to jobs based on interest, location and abilities. We strive to keep students within a 20 minute drive of their homes
  • Families are responsible for transportation to and from the job site daily.

*Completed applications are to be mailed or hand delivered to The Arc of the Triangle, 5121 Hollyridge Dr., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612, no later than April 12, 2016 along with the $30.00 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Project SEE Opportunities

Volunteer Program

This program is for students who attend Wake County Public School’s Occupational Course of Study who are in their final 12 months of school who require at least 135 more work credit hours for graduation. (Verified by student’s OCS teacher)

This program is a volunteer program and students will not be paid for the work experience however, they will receive up to 135 credits towards graduation from the OCS program. Federal Labor laws allow students to volunteer in a summer job as long as they are earning school credit.

Priority will be given to these students as we are partnering with Wake County Schools to encourage students to earn a diploma rather than a certificate of completion.


Paid Program

This program is for homeschoolers, students who attend private school, students who are not in the OCS program but need work experience or students who do not need at least 135 credit hours towards OCS graduation

In order to abide by all labor laws, this is a paid work experience and the tuition for participation is $1000.00 (the amount of pay the student will receive during the summer, minus taxes plus minimal administrative fees).

Students will be paid this amount through their biweekly paychecks, minus taxes and administrative fees, when they participate in the entire 6 week program. Days missed for any reason will not be paid or refunded. Payment plans for tuition are available and information will be provided in the acceptance packet.


Program dates:  Monday, June 27 to Friday, August 5, 2016.

Students work 9:00 am -2:00 pm Monday - Friday with a half hour break. 

Mandatory Meeting (Students, Parents, and Job Coaches): Thursday June 23rd between 6 and 8pm

End of Program Celebration: Friday August 5th, 12:30 -2:00 pm.


Call 919-832-2660 x133

or email Susan Swearingen

Representative Payee

Representative Payee assists adults with money management. Individual must qualify for service.

Residential Services

Housing is now available in Orange County for adults with I/DD who qualify. The six-unit apartment complex is in Meadowmont in Chapel Hill.

Respite Services

Respite Services provides relief to primary caregiver(s). Families need to know their loved one is in good hands and being supported.

Durham Voucher Respite Program (Durham County residents only): The Respite Voucher Program is meant to support caregivers and parents who take care of a loved one with a qualifying developmental disability and need financial assistance to pay for respite care. The Managed Care Organization,  Alliance BHC, funds The Arc of the Triangle each year so we can pass the money to our Durham County families that are waiting for state or Innovations Waivered services for their family members. The program requires that the money only be given to a caregiver, that is hired and scheduled by the family, that lives outside of the home. This ensures that the household members are truly getting a few hours break from caregiving each month.  

Summer Work & Wellness Program

Summer Work & Wellness Program* (funded & private pay)

Application deadline is April 15th, 2016



A vocational training and wellness program with one on one supports for students ages 15-22, with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities

    •   real life vocational experiences

    •   health and wellness education

    •   social activities

SUMMER 2016     June 13 - August 12     Monday—Friday  9:00 am—4:00 pm

Cost: $160 a week (includes all activity costs; meals are not included.) for those who have full funding through the Innovations Waiver, IPRS or B3*  

Staffing: If not on the Innovations Waiver please contact us immediately to discuss if there is funding for your child to attend.*

*Did you just read all that and say to yourself, “huh”? Then call or email Mike Kirschner today! 919-942-5119 x121;