School of Hope

Our History

Arc of Wabash County began in 1954 as the vision of a few parents who wanted something better for their children. One of the parents donated a home that was converted into a classroom. All of the parents raised money through bake sales and other fundraisers to purchase supplies and hire a teacher. This classroom was for their children who were considered mentally retarded and unable to attend public schools. Since there was no “Special Education” in public schools in those days, this was the only hope these children had of receiving an education. Thus, this humble facility was named the “School of Hope.” A few years later, as these children were becoming adults and needed vocational skills training, a sheltered workshop named “Workshop Enterprises” was created in Wabash on Manchester Avenue across from where the Old County Home was. We moved from that location to a building on Canal Street in the 1970’s. In 1987 we moved to our present location at 595 South Miami Street, Wabash, Indiana.

Arc’s present location – 595 South Miami Street, Wabash, IN 46992

Arc Now

Arc of Wabash County is a Wabash County-based human service agency providing services and programs for children and adults with disabilities in Wabash County and surrounding areas since 1954. Arc is committed to: 

  • Preserving, protecting and promoting the dignity of individuals with disabilities;
  • Developing and utilizing natural community supports for individuals whenever practicable;
  • Using a “person-centered” planning process to deliver individualized services;
  • Presenting services in a caring environment;
  • Helping persons served give back to the community through volunteer service;
  • Working cooperatively with community agencies, businesses and organizations that can provide additional support services for individuals and their families;
  • Supporting our mission through sound financial management.