A little bit about our Owner...
Concerned parents banded together in 1952 to form a non-profit charity under Internal Revenue Code section 510(c)3. Today, it is known as Advocacy for Respect and Choice--Long Beach, Inc., or simply AR&C-Long Beach. Every weekday, AR&C serves more than 400 persons with intellectual disabilities, and their families. AR&C operates these four programs:
-Day-Training Activities Center
-Special Needs Program
-Supported Employment Services
Not all 400+ clients report to the campus, located at 4519 E. Stearns St., Long Beach, Ca 90815. Instead, many are working in the community at jobs for private employers, with AR&C's job coaches helping them succeed, that's called Supported Employment.
California's taxpayers provide the bulk of AR&C's funding through state grants voted by the legislature, as mandated by the Lanterman Act. In order to augment those state funds and so improve its services, in 1962 AR&C opened its first Value Village Thrift Store. Value Village Thrift store is wholly-owned and operated by AR&C. All profits from your business directly benefit people with intellectual disabilities.