Our Stories

AJ’s Story

AJ is 22-years old and graduated high school last year. He loves to listen to music, dance, and socialize. It was no surprise when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, things changed for AJ. He wasn’t able to spend time doing the activities he loved. AJ and his family wondered what would happen once he graduated in Spring 2021. Arc Triangle University Transitional Day program, funded by Wake County Schools provided hope for AJ.  AJ joined the program and has excelled! His favorite classes are cooking, music therapy, and art.  Unfortunately the program ends at the end of the school year.

What will AJ do when summer arrives? A summer ex... Read More »

Sarah’s Story

Sarah is 19 years old and loves school. She has a full schedule that includes learning new skills that continually challenge her. Sarah also has cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair for mobility and requires assistant for most of her day-to-day activities. When school is out this June, there are not a lot of options for her. 

Too many people like Sarah do not have access to a quality programming where they can be active participants: learning, playing, and living full lives. The Arc of the Triangle wants to change that. With your generous support we will create a summer experience for Sarah and ... Read More »

Maria’s Story

by Kylee Redmond, NC State Intern

March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month and the perfect time to tell an Arc Story! We would like to take the time to recognize Maria N. for her continuous hard work and dedication.

The Arc’s Employment Specialist, Natasha Pratt, who supports Maria, had this to say about her: “Maria is a fun young woman that loves to make friends everywhere she goes. When I first started working with her, she didn’t have a specific direction for where she wanted to work.

"I was looking for businesses with “now hiring” signs near Maria’s house when... Read More »

Your Help Counts!

The Arc of the Triangle is closing out 2019 with a feeling of gratitude for all of our families, supporters, and friends like you. I think of The Arc as a family when I look at all the ways The Arc touches the lives of children and adults with disabilities right here in our community. I am writing to ask that you consider an end-of-year gift in support of the great work The Arc does. The Arc has been around since the 1950s, started by parents for the love of their children. Over 60 years later we are a leader in ... Read More »

Saying Good-bye To An Old Friend

Gerald Baugh was born at the old Rex Hospital in Raleigh, the son of the late Roy and Eleanor Baugh and the brother of Tim Baugh. His dad worked for the railroad and his mom for Pine State Creamery. He grew up on Lyons Street and lived there until his mother died in 2001.

As a teen, he became one of the founding members of the Starnes Class at Hayes Barton UMC, where he was a beloved member for over 60 years. The class was started by Mrs. Starnes, one of the first special education teachers in Wake County. ... Read More »

Jimmy’s Story

The Arc of the Triangle wants to give you a glimpse into Jimmy's amazing life. The Arc is asking for your financial support to ensure our ability to continue to support Jimmy and the hundreds of kids and adults with disabilities that The Arc of the Triangle serves.

Jimmy is known as one of the most confident and expressive participants supported by The Arc of the Triangle. However, he hasn’t always been that way. Jimmy used to spend his days at home, letting his limited verbal skills hinder his potential. He went years without interacting with ... Read More »

A Sister’s Story

I heavily anticipated sisterhood all throughout my mother’s pregnancy. So when my brother Ethan came into the world four weeks before we expected, I was thrilled.

Just home from the hospital, I pleaded with my mother to let me hold his tiny body. Reluctantly, she placed the warm bundle in my arms and his presence overwhelmed me with certainty that I would never leave his side. I squeezed him softly and our souls melted together.

The months following Ethan’s birth, he had a doctor’s appointment nearly every week. There seemed to be ... Read More »

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