The ARC Marion 2021 Spring Newsletter, ARC’s THE POINT, has been released in a new format. Want to know where and when the next fundraising event is going to be?  Want to know how you can help ARC to continues to provide essential services to our clients? Then check out ARC’s THE POINT Spring 2021, it’s ready for download on our website!

HUGE “THANK YOU” to those that purchased a memorial brick! Due to Covid back orders it took awhile but they are finally installed! Yay!

Because of You ARC has been able to support Marion County’s most vulnerable citizens since 1959! Your generosity has been astounding over the year’s and with your help we can continue to provide these much-needed services. Become a permanent part of ARC by honoring a loved one, Veteran, 1st responder, graduate, pet, sports team or business just to name a few. ARC is counting on your commitment to make this happen. Please donate today to ensure our future!


Please call State Senator Dennis Baxley @ 352-789-6720
Please call State Representative Stan McClain @ 352-732-1313
Please call State Representative Joe Harding @ 352-291-4436

Tell them that due to the passage of the $15 per hour minimum wage bill this past November there needs to be an increase in the rates that ARC Marion receives for the services that they provide to the intellectually and developmentally disabled clients that they serve in their Group Homes, Adult Day Training and Transportation programs. Also, remind them that ARC Marion has been serving the intellectually and developmentally disabled citizens of Marion county since 1959. Please pass this along to your family, friends and business associates, we need all the support we can get!!!!

Frank Sofia, CEO, ARC Marion, Inc.


Advocacy Resource Center Marion, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that has been helping people develop their abilities since 1959. Advocacy Resource Center Marion, Inc. is a multi-service agency that provides a full range of support programs to hundreds of persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout Marion County, Florida.

The following are services that the Advocacy Resource Center Marion, Inc. provides:

  • Life Skills Development/Adult Day Training: Our ADT program provides a meaningful day program including employment through contracted work with manufacturers in the community, training in the activities of daily living, adaptive skills and social skills. All activities stress independence and self-advocacy in settings that are age and culturally appropriate.
  • Residential Habilitation/Group Homes: Group homes provide supervision and specific training activities that assist the recipient to acquire, maintain, or improve skills related to activities of daily living. The service focuses on personal hygiene skills, homemaking skills, and social and adaptive skills that enable the recipient to reside in the community.
  • Supported Independent Living: Coaches assist adults for supported independent living. We provide guidance and support in money management, cooking, housekeeping, shopping, health, and other needs as well as helping clients find a place to live, meet roommates to share expenses, and even assist persons in buying their own home.
  • Supported Employment: Coaches assist adults for supported employment. Job Coaches assist clients in finding jobs through assessment of work skill and interests, counseling, job matching and follow-along support. Job coaches help both employee and employer to ensure long term successful employment.