The Arc of Central Virginia Celebrates 50th Anniversary

      Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg nonprofit that serves those with developmental disabilities celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday.

      The Arc of Central Virginia serves 73 clients Monday through Friday, with social and recreational activities.

      A group of parents started the center to give the developmentally disabled opportunities to learn and grow.

      Mayor Mike Gillette presented board members with a proclamation, congratulating them on the milestone.

      For the president of the board of directors, the anniversary falls on another special day.

      "This has been a program near and dear to my heart and my family's heart because my brother has been a client here for over 25 years," Allen Layne said, adding it's also his brother's 50th birthday.

      The executive director expects to see a growing need for their services as state training centers begin to close.

      Along with their day program there's a small residential facility as well.