Arc of Greater New Orleans

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L to R: Sherrana McGee-Stemley, Director of Mardi Gras Recycle Center; Jay England, Sr. Director of Quality Support; Melissa Buckley, Sr. Director of Operations; Sandee Williamson, Acting Executive Director


Arc of Greater New Orleans (ArcGNO) works to secure for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) opportunities to develop, function and live to their fullest potential. Their mission is to create—through education, advocacy and support—a greater New Orleans community that includes, accepts and celebrates people with IDD.

For 67 years, ArcGNO has worked to advance the independence and well-being of individuals with IDD, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. Currently, ArcGNO supports 600+ individuals throughout Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes with an array of services. These services include: Case Management for children 0-36 months; In-home Support for adults living either on their own or with family members; Day Services to facilitate skill building, social interaction and community integration; and Job Placement/Vocational Services for those seeking employment. All services strive to maximize each individual’s autonomy and range of opportunities.

Despite legislative advances, adults with IDD still encounter significant barriers to inclusion and acceptance in the greater community. Since 1953, ArcGNO has dedicated itself to fighting alongside and supporting individuals with IDD so they can claim their rightful places in society and pursue their passions.


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ArcGNO- Our purpose is to create, through education, advocacy, and support a greater NOLA community that includes, accepts, and celebrates people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


This year’s Mardi Gras was a success for the region and for the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center (MGRC). Through the generosity of local and regional Krewes, innovative organizations, and individual supporters, ArcGNO experienced a record year of fundraising through its collection, repurposing and retail selling of Mardi Gras beads and throws. In addition to fundraising via MGRC, ArcGNO welcomes volunteers and monetary donations. Visit


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Categories: Non-Profits Giving Back 2022