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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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3 days ago

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A huge thank you to AZSTA (Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority) for their grant to help us buy two new nets for our gym and lots of new sports equipment!

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A huge thank you to AZSTA (Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority) for their grant to help us buy two new nets for our gym and lots of new sports equipment! 

@arizonasportsandtourismauthority
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2 weeks ago

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So excited for our much needed upgrades!! Thank you to all who made the Invest in Us campaign a success! ...

So excited for our much needed upgrades!! Thank you to all who made the Invest in Us campaign a success!Image attachment

4 weeks ago

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Not all heroes wear capes.
Thank you so much Raymond Ketcham FNP. You gave your own time to come down and perform Special Olympics physicals for ARCH athletes in need of one to start off the upcoming sports season.
You are greatly appreciated.
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Not all heroes wear capes.
Thank you so much Raymond Ketcham FNP. You gave your own time to come down and perform Special Olympics physicals for ARCH athletes in need of one to start off the upcoming sports season. 
You are greatly appreciated.

4 weeks ago

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Facebook 45th anniversary celebrations this week!
Thank you for being a part of ARCH’s story – whether you are a client, a family member or caregiver, a guardian or a provider, a volunteer or an ARCH supporter or donor, or a Facebook follower– We appreciate everything you have done to ensure we are still here, 45 years later, still serving this community and still providing more and more opportunities for joy, happiness, well-being, skills development, confidence, and friendship.
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Facebook 45th anniversary celebrations this week!
Thank you for being a part of ARCH’s story – whether you are a client, a family member or caregiver, a guardian or a provider, a volunteer or an ARCH supporter or donor, or a Facebook follower– We appreciate everything you have done to ensure we are still here, 45 years later, still serving this community and still providing more and more opportunities for joy, happiness, well-being, skills development, confidence, and friendship.

4 weeks ago

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ARCH's 45th Anniversary Week:~
ARCH has continued to develop and improve its facility, adding on new areas and more opportunities for sports and recreation. In 2002 a new gym was built which is now used by over 30 fee paying groups when not in use by ARCH, making ARCH a valuable community resource. In 2008, we built our new universal sports and fitness park. In 2015 we built the ARCHKids Building for our kids programs and then our new ARCHKids playground. In 2017 with the help of local Foundations and many individuals, ARCH was able to purchase our land from the City of Phoenix, thus securing our site for future generations to come. In 2018, iwith the help of 250 volunteers, we rebuilt our ARCHKids playground after the first one was destroyed by an arson fire, This year we will be updating our HVAC units, lighting and doors, restrooms and kitchen, as part of our Invest in Us project to enhance energy conservation.
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ARCHs 45th Anniversary Week:~
ARCH has continued to develop and improve its facility, adding on new areas and more opportunities for sports and recreation. In 2002 a new gym was built which is now used by over 30 fee paying groups when not in use by ARCH, making ARCH a valuable community resource.  In 2008, we built our new universal sports and fitness park. In 2015 we built the ARCHKids Building for our kids programs and then our new ARCHKids playground. In 2017 with the help of local Foundations and many individuals, ARCH was able to purchase our land from the City of Phoenix, thus securing our site for future generations to come. In 2018, iwith the help of 250 volunteers, we rebuilt our ARCHKids playground after the first one was destroyed by an arson fire, This year we will be updating our HVAC units, lighting and doors, restrooms and kitchen, as part of our Invest in Us project to enhance energy conservation.Image attachment
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