about us


The Arc of Union County was founded in 1949 by parents of children with disabilities who wanted to ensure their children had a place that would serve and advocate for them.



The Arc of Union County, Inc. is a non-profit, 501c (3) organization headquartered in Springfield, NJ, dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc serves more than 1,000 adults and children each month from the 21 towns in Union County, as well as the greater Northern and Central NJ counties.

The Arc of Union County is affiliated with The Arc of New Jersey and The Arc of the United States. Our programs are licensed by the New Jersey State Departments of Health and The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Licensing. The Arc Kohler School is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and the agency holds distinguished accreditations from CARF, which are nationally recognized authorities.


board of directors

July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017


vice president:



past president:

senior director:

senior director:

executive director:

Beth Eckenrode

Brian Hegarty

Jeannine Hyman

Lynn Warmke

Judith Witterschein

James Kelly

Bill Brown

Frank Caragher


Lisa Abreu

Julia Cassisi

Kristin Couch

Linda Darge

James DellaVecchia


Paul Eilbacher

David Light

Seth Shaffer

David Thaler

James Whelan

  • The ARC of Union County helps so many people lead happy and productive lives through their efforts in providing educational, employment and recreational services to more than 1,000 individuals and their families. I am deeply gratified be associated with this dedicated organization that gives so much to our community.

    John Nietzel Senior Vice President of Investors Savings Bank
  • I know Kohler is the biggest reason Zybreyah has come so far in such a short period of time.

    Robin Culver Smith Parent, The Arc Kohler School
  • If I didn’t have The Arc, I don’t know what I would do. I don’t have babysitters… it’s hard. I love The Arc.

    Patricia Nadel Parent, Family Support’s Afterschool Program
  • There are very few programs available for working families with special needs children. The support The Arc provides to the community is immeasurable.

    Alicia Poaches Parent, Family Support’s Afterschool Program
  • When Alina was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we were nervous about how she would react to working with the therapists. Our concerns quickly diminished as it is clear that each and every one of them genuinely cares for our child and strives to make Alina's life easier every day. The dedication to their work is incredible to watch and the difference we see in Alina is too great for words. Alina has improved so much and we could not have gotten to where we are now without them.

    Ishrat Ansari and Vincent Ortmann Jr., Parents, Early Intervention
  • Donating time and support to The Arc has is just a small way of saying thank you for all that has been done for Rachel and for all the others needing the valuable services that they provide.

    Linda Darge Volunteer and Parent, Adult Social Day Program
  • "It is a pleasure to work with The Arc of Union County.  Your work is always done with great care and understanding of our needs.  The Arc is professional, courteous, and fast.  Their pick-up and delivery services can't be beat!"

    Natalie Levine Nifty Products
  • "I can't say enough about what a great experience it has been having a partnership with The Arc!  They are nothing short of professional & accommodating - not to mention a complete pleasure to work with!  They have completed countless jobs of all sizes for us over the years, and have exceeded our expectations every time.  I would recommend The Arc and their services to anyone not only looking to have work completed, but also to create a lasting partnership with an extraordinary group of people."

    Kathryn Smith Bentlin Products