The Arc of Mercer County

850 North Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA 16148

P: 724-981-2950
F: 724-981-1877

E: mcar@mercerarc.org

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Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

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About Us

Since 1952, The Arc of Mercer County has been a leading provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Mission

To provide advocacy and comprehensive support to persons with disabilities that empower them in all aspects of life.

Our Organization

We are a 501(c)3, tax exempt, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Governed by a Board of Directors, we are a chapter of The Arc of Pennsylvania and The Arc of the United States, the nation's largest volunteer-based organization devoted to issues affecting people with disabilities. As a member of these organizations, we provide unparalleled opportunities for those with disabilities, educate the public about disabilities and promote the betterment of services offered to those with disabilities. The Arc is the parent organization to a family of private, non-profit organizations. This family consists of MCAR, The Arc Foundation, MCRA and Fairfields, Inc.

MCAR

provides a wide range of services to adults with disabilities

THE ARC FOUNDATION

provides special needs planning resources for families while also supporting The Arc and MCAR through private and public donations, fundraisers and grant funding

MCRA

provides transitional rehabilitative work for disabled individuals with occupationally related injuries

FAIRFIELDS, INC.

manages MCAR's rural property and homes

Executive Management

Diane O'Rourke

Chief Executive Officer

Lyndsey Vogan

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Engelmore

Chief Compliance Officer

Jeffrey Oprean

Human Resource

Director

Our History

Since its humble beginnings in 1952, The Arc of Mercer County has striven to advocate and provide services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1952, our nonprofit organization has expanded to include not only educational opportunities, but also residential and vocational opportunities. 

in the spring of 1952, in Sharon, Pennsylvania a small group of mothers advocated for better education for their mentally disabled children

1952

in June of 1952, these women were recognized by the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children as the Mercer County chapter

1952

three months later opened a Day Care Training Center for young children with special needs, one of the first schools of its kind in northwest Pennsylvania

1952

began offering services for young adults with disabilities and became known as the Mercer County Association for the Retarded

1956

after initiating a Residential Program in 1971, MCAR opened its first group home for 12 women, the largest single facility MCAR has operated

1973

opened its first small home for formally institutionalized individuals and continued opening homes until the middle of 1979

1978

MCAR revised its structure into a family of nonprofit subsidiaries with the parent company established as The Arc of Mercer County

1996

MCAR changed its name to MCAR, Inc. - it is no longer an acronym and its letters no longer stand for any words

1996

today, The Arc of Mercer County and its subsidiaries are recognized as the largest, oldest and leading nonprofit organization in Mercer County serving families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

2018

OUR SERVICES

We provide unparalleled opportunities for employment, housing, older adult care, transitioning and vocational training. We also offer unconditional support through advocacy efforts and family services. 

GET INVOLVED

Whether it's becoming a member or donating a monetary gift, help us raise awareness and create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are a number of different ways to get involved with The Arc of Mercer County.

DONATE

Help us continue to provide services that improve the quality of life for people with special needs.