Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care



LCARC offers a variety of:

We have dedicated, thoroughly trained Direct Support staff who enjoy working with
and providing advocacy for our clients.

Most of our services are at no out-of-pocket cost to families. We will bill insurance or Medicaid if applicable (in most cases, families are not liable for co-pays). See below for more details for many of our services.

You may also contact us to learn more and ask questions to help determine what services might be appropriate and available for you and members of your family.

Adult Training Facility

Our Day Service provides individuals with opportunities to:

Depending on the participants interests and needs, services offered at the ATF may include:

Work outside the home

In addition to providing this opportunity for socialization and learning, participation in our day program allows time for caregivers to work outside the home and attend to their own needs or the needs of other family members.

We would be happy to meet with you for a tour and/or provide you with additional information.

Community Participation Services (CPS)

In addition to providing this opportunity for socialization and learning, participation in our day program allows time for caregivers to work outside the home and attend to their own needs or the needs of other family members.

Community Participation Services (CPS)

Community based support options are available, including for those who also receive Residential Services. 

This service focuses on community inclusion and interest exploration while building on the potential for employment. This service provides meaningful activities and relationships

Our professional staff are dedicated to providing this face-to-face support in the community usually between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All services are person-centered, times and locations are tailored to the individual’s specific interests.

Advocacy and Education

As a grassroots organization founded by parents of children with disabilities in the 1950’s, LCARC has been at the forefront to provide special education and community service opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than 60 years. 

LCARC is an active member of the local Right to Education TASK Force; this group is sponsored by Intermediate Unit IV. We understand that navigating service and education systems can be overwhelming, so the LCARC staff are available for assisting individuals and families with any questions or concerns.

Please feel free to ask for our help. Our experienced managerial staff look forward to hearing from you!

Apartment Living

LCARC supports individuals living in independent, HUD-sponsored apartments. Staff are present in the building from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. seven days a week.

They are readily available to provide companion services on an individual basis as well as to ensure safety throughout the night.

Early Intervention

For more information, see our Early Intervention website just for this program!

For over 50 years, LCARC’s professional staff have been helping young children prepare for successful transition to pre-school. We work with little ones and their families to promote healthy development in five critical areas:

If you or your pediatrician find concerns with your child’s development, please contact us. We will help you in getting your child evaluated. If they are eligible, we will make sure they begin receiving the services they need.

In Home & Community

LCARC staff provide direct, face-to-face services to individuals living in their own homes or with their family.

Service can be provided in-home to teach skills that will:

They can also be provided outside the home to:

These services and activities are flexibly scheduled to meet the individual’s needs throughout the week. Staff assist in achieving outcomes that the individual has chosen as part of their Individual Service Plan.

Personal Care Home

ARC Housing is a great option for higher functioning adults with intellectual disabilities or autism. The 29-bed personal care home provides:

Staff are present 24/7 to help with medication, doctor appointments, special diets, transportation and money management as needed.

Residents who have the safety skills pursue their own interests at home and in the community


Recreation is currently on hold and not occurring due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Every Friday night at our Adult Training Facility (1111 S. Cascade Street) we hold Rec Night in the gym!

Individuals, friends and family are all welcome to join us from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for music, games, sports and more!

The cost is only $5.00. Snacks, refreshments and supervision are provided. Come join in on the fun!

Residential Services

Our Residential Services are offered at 15 single family homes in and around New Castle.
These living arrangements allow individuals to live together as housemates and to live life the way they want. Each home is designed to meet the specific wants, needs and desires of those who choose to live there.

This program enables the adults we serve to have the independence and dignity that all people deserve, while also providing the medical and behavioral support that they need.

Direct Support Professionals at LCARC staff these homes 24/7 and serve as educators and mentors for the individuals who live there. Staff focus on providing the individuals with opportunities for recreation, community participation, learning experiences and more. The Agency and staff work closely with families to support their continued relationship and involvement in the resident’s life.

Summer Camp

One of our oldest and most popular programs, LCARC’s Day Camp has been providing a fun learning environment for school aged children and young adults for more than 50 years! Our caring and qualified camp counselors maintain health and safety while offering and participating in summer activities that relate to a weekly theme.

From mid-June to the end of July, campers enjoy sports, music, dance, arts & crafts, swimming, making new friends, and so much more! Our Camp is free to Lawrence County residents with developmental disabilities. Don’t wait! Registration begins in April.

For more information, contact the Program Director, Lori Malachow at 724.658.8515

Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care does not discriminate in making decisions based upon race, color, gender, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran’s status, or any legally-protected class.