My wife and I went for a walk Thursday night and walked right past The Arc of Larimer County.  Almost instantly we both asked the same question, "What is the difference between Arc Thrift Stores and The Arc?".

Actually, they are connected. The Arc Thrift Store raises money for The Arc and other organizations that help individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  Here is the mission statement for Arc Thrift Stores:

We are a non-profit organization operating 22 locations in Metro Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo. The proceeds generated through the sale of gently used clothing and household items at arc Thrift Stores are distributed to Arc Chapters and the Association for Community Living (ACL) throughout Colorado. The mission of the arc Thrift Stores is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families by providing funding to support the Arc and ACL Chapters in Colorado and Advocacy Denver.

Here is the mission statement of Arc of Larimer County:

Our vision is that people with developmental disabilities in Larimer County make their own life choices and that their voices will be heard and respected. Individuals with developmental disabilities are included in every aspect of community life as respected, contributing, successful, and equal community members. This includes: choices for paid employment, supported inclusive education, community-wide social, religious or spiritual, and recreational activities.