Helping People With Disabilities

Wednesday December 14, 2022

REGIONAL – Northeast Arc has received more than a million dollars in donations to support people with disabilities on the North Shore.
Steven P. Rosenthal, a Marblehead resident and chairman of West Shore, donated $1 million to fund the non-profit organization. This is Rosenthal’s second million-dollar donation since 2017.
The Institution for Savings also made a $50,000 contribution to Northeast Arc’s Campaign for Linking Lives.
Northeast Arc plans to use these donations to focus on workforce investment through its Pathways and Opportunities program. It plans to replicate successful programs and services, such as the Center for Linking Lives, in a wider geographical area while also expanding the use of technology for the people the agency serves.
“When Steve made his initial $1 million donation it was a real game-changer for us,” said Jo Ann Simons, President and CEO of Northeast Arc. “Since that time Steve has been actively engaged with the Northeast Arc and has challenged us to look beyond what we are currently doing and finding new and exciting opportunities. This second $1 million gift solidifies his belief in what we are doing to change lives for people with disabilities and their families every day.”
Northeast Arc serves thousands of people in nearly 200 Massachusetts cities and towns each year.
Services include Adult Family Care, the ArcWorks Community Art Center, Family Support, Autism Services, Black Box Theater, Breaking Grounds Café, Continuous Care Nursing Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, The Learning Center Childcare and Preschool, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential, Shared Living and Transition and Skilled Intermittent Home Health Care.
Simons was recently honored as one of six Women Who Mean Business by the Boston Business Journal.
Tim Brown, Northeast Arc’s chief innovation and strategy officer, received the Program Innovation Award during the annual convention of the Arc of the United States. Brown has led the agency’s innovative approaches to service delivery. These include Breaking Grounds Café, a coffee shop that serves as an employment training program for individuals with disabilities,
For more information about Northeast Arc, visit

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