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.