Giving Back: ArcGNO

Nonprofit Profile
ArcGNO participants enjoy many community activities, including French Quarter Fest 2017


Founded in 1953 by parents of children with conditions such as autism and Down syndrome, Arc of Greater New Orleans (ArcGNO) is the region’s largest provider of comprehensive services to citizens with intellectual disabilities. ArcGNO’s dedicated staff currently support nearly 600 residents – from infants to senior citizens – in their homes, out in the community, at school and at job sites throughout a five-parish metropolitan area.

ArcGNO enables citizens with disabilities to live and flourish in the communities of their choice, helping them to fill their days with meaningful work and other activities that contribute to their autonomy, well-being and happiness. We assist parents in getting the most effective therapies for their newborns. We help clients at home with activities ranging from hygiene to budgeting. We provide job coaching and placement for those seeking marketplace employment, and we create additional employment opportunities through three social enterprises: a commercial janitorial crew, a groundskeeping company and the celebrated Mardi Gras Recycle Center, which, through the sorting, and reselling of carnival throws, currently funds over 80 jobs for individuals with intellectual disabilities.


ArcGNO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization whose principal source of income is Medicaid. Medicaid reimbursement rates have been reduced twice in the last decade and now stand below rates originally set in 2007. Thus, income from social enterprises and fundraising are critical to our financial health.

Individuals can support our mission through donations of cash, services, and, of course, Mardi Gras throws. Donations are always welcome through our website: Interested volunteers should contact Norelia Reed at or 504-324-1486.

ArcGNO also hosts two fundraisers throughout the year: Anything Goes in the fall and a golf tournament in the Spring. For more information on these events or if you are interested in supporting ArcGNO in any way, please visit or contact Dr. Stephen Sauer at or 504-837-5105.


•    Join our Circle of Friends at
•    Volunteer at one of our five community centers, offering daytime activities to adults with intellectual disabilities
•    Volunteer at the Mardi Gras Recycle Center, either sorting beads or assisting in our retail store
•    Volunteer in an administrative support function at our Metairie headquarters
•    Attend one of our fundraisers or host an event to introduce us to your family and peers.


Arc of Greater New Orleans is committed to securing for all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop, function, and live to their fullest potential.

(504) 837-5105
925 Labarre Road

ArcGNO professional staff assist clients so that they can remain autonomous and at home