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Serving the Valley's Special Needs Community


ARCH is a 5-acre recreation center in the heart of Phoenix, offering a full range of skills-based programs and activities, enabling adults and children with developmental disabilities to obtain higher levels of physical well-being, pride, independence, and self-esteem.

Our History

We opened our doors on September 23rd 1975 to 25 teens and adults in an old cafetorium at the abandoned Alhambra Elementary School on Grand Avenue.

A founding premise of ARCH was that individuals with disabilities should be given every opportunity to develop, both physically and mentally, to the full extent of his or her potential.

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ARCH's 45th Anniversary Week:~

Mary Lees, one of the founding members of ARCH, was on the original Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Committee to develop Special Olympics in Arizona and eventually became its Area Director for Maricopa County. Special Olympics teams are a central focus of our health and fitness activities at ARCH and participants have excelled in many sports disciplines over the years including golf, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, tennis, bowling, swimming, softball, track and field.
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ARCHs 45th Anniversary Week:~

Mary Lees, one of the founding members of ARCH, was on the original Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Committee to develop Special Olympics in Arizona and eventually became its Area Director for Maricopa County.  Special Olympics teams are a central focus of our health and fitness activities at ARCH and participants have excelled in many sports disciplines over the years including golf, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, tennis, bowling, swimming, softball, track and field.Image attachmentImage attachment

15 hours ago

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Today is our actual anniversary day! – 45 years to the day since ARCH opened its doors. Enjoy these photos of ARCH recreational activities and community outings from the 1970s and 1980s :) ...

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Congratulations on the wonderful legacy of caring❤

What an amazing milestone!! So much for so many!!

There is a commonality among the pictures--smiles on the faces. God bless all of you.

Thank you from Robbie and me!!

Happy anniversary!

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1 day ago

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Kip and Vera’s mother, Mary Lees, was one of the founding members of ARCH and had been involved in setting up many of the first recreational activities for people with disabilities within Arizona, including Special Olympics. Vera recollects ““My mother noticed that people were falling through the cracks – there was nowhere for them to go, especially for recreation. There was nothing for them to do after school except sit at home and watch TV, eating and regressing. She saw many opportunities for change so she started running summer day camps and after school programs. All her kids volunteered or worked for ARCH and got involved one way or another”. ...

Kip and Vera’s mother, Mary Lees, was one of the founding members of ARCH and had been involved in setting up many of the first recreational activities for people with disabilities within Arizona, including Special Olympics. Vera recollects ““My mother noticed that people were falling through the cracks – there was nowhere for them to go, especially for recreation. There was nothing for them to do after school except sit at home and watch TV, eating and regressing. She saw many opportunities for change so she started running summer day camps and after school programs. All her kids volunteered or worked for ARCH and got involved one way or another”.

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She was the champion. Unbelievable woman. ❤

Thank you I didn't know that

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1 day ago

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ARCHKids made a thank you poster for our Executive Director Kip, to say thanks for her 45 years of service to ARCH 😊😊😊 ...

ARCHKids made a thank you poster for our Executive Director Kip, to say thanks for her 45 years of service to ARCH 😊😊😊

2 days ago

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It's ARCH's 45th Anniversary Week!:

Kip Murray was appointed as ARCH’s Executive Director in 1975. She has dedicated her life and 45 year career to the well being of ARCH and its clients. Her sister Vera, at a very young age, started volunteering and helping at special events and Special Olympics. Since 1982 she has been ARCH’s Program Director.

Thank you Kip and Vera!
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Its ARCHs 45th Anniversary Week!:

Kip Murray was appointed as ARCH’s Executive Director in 1975. She has dedicated her life and 45 year career to the well being of ARCH and its clients. Her sister Vera, at a very young age, started volunteering and helping at special events and Special Olympics. Since 1982 she has been ARCH’s Program Director.

Thank you Kip and Vera!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Congratulations Kip and Vivi🎉 Arch is so lucky to have 2 dedicated, loving and caring leaders!!! ❤️❤️

Two great women leaders! Love you to pieces for all you've done for this community!!!!

Wow, 45 years! Congratulations Kip and Vera!

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