The Arc Eastern Connecticut is home to a team of employment specialists who help companies in eastern Connecticut recruit, hire and retain quality people for full- and part-time employment.  As a supported employment provider with a full-time Job Development component, we have a proven approach, specializing in matching employers with qualified individuals who live with a disability.  

Prospective employees take advantage of a wide range of services, classes, trainings, and workshops, including:
•  Individualized skills assessment and development of career goals and desires
•  The option of trying multiple placements to see which job matches the person’s career goals
•  Career counseling, including resume preparation, mock interviews, how to conduct a job search, etc.
•  Job training workshops in a variety of career disciplines
•  Life skills including personal presentation, budgeting and finance, self-advocacy, using public transportation,

appointment scheduling, etc.
•    Empowerment/Enrichment programs offered through The Arc’s Community Life & Advocacy (CL&A) program. 


Hiring someone with IDD could be the best decision an employer ever makes.

The Arc ECT’s Job Development program has put together a portfolio of outreach materials for prospective employers that highlight the many benefits of partnering with The Arc to hire competent, well trained people.

Prospective Employers: View our Employer Packet here for information on why hiring people with IDD makes good business sense.

The packet contains the following:



The Arc Eastern Connecticut offers a wide range of employment programming that’s tailored to address each person’s needs and goals.


  • Individual and group employment placement and worksite support 

  • Life skills, job readiness and self-advocacy trainings

  • Career-specific programs in culinary arts, retail, landscaping, agriculture/aquaponics, hospitality/cleaning

  • Six micro-enterprises offering real-world experience that translates to competitive employment with area businesses


Find Out More

In the Northeast:

Contact Jennifer Ricci, Director of TES and Employment Services, at (860) 928-4727;

In the Southeast:

Contact Bonnie Jones, Director of Business Development and Transition at (860) 449-1529 x 301;

Download our employment brochure here

Our Employment Partners

The Arc Eastern Connecticut is proud to partner with employers committed to Real Work for Real Pay at minimum wage or higher.

Current Employment and Placement Sites
B.J.’s Wholesale Club
Burnett’s Landscaping
CW Resources—The US Naval Submarine base
The 100th Aviation and Repair Depot (AVCRAD)
Camp Harkness
DXC Technology
Fleet Reserve Association
Groton Marriott
Heritage Pines Condos
Holiday Inn of Norwich
Horses Healing Humans/Stonington Bed & Breakfast
Local Creations at Groton Senior Center
Lowe’s Distribution Center Plainfield
Mike Smith Transmissions
Mohegan Sun
New London Library
Rawson Materials
The Resident newspaper
Seely-Brown Village
ShopRite New London
Stop & Shop – Groton
Stop & Shop - Waterford
Walmart Brooklyn
Walmart Putnam
Waterford Community Center

Training Assessment Sites
Community Café
Coogan Farm
Day Kimball Hospital
Groton Senior Center
Hay Burr Inn Horse Rescue
United Community & Family Services, Norwich
Linda's House Pediatric Daycare and Preschool
Paws Cat Shelter
Valley View Riding Stables
Vineyard Valley Golf Club
Waterford Community Center
YMCA Putnam

Student-Specific Training Sites
Groton Municipal Federal Credit Union
Coogan Farm
Arc NLC Farm Stand
Arc NLC Culinary Department/Bakery
Groton Senior Center

Day Service Volunteer Sites
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) 
St Vincent DePaul Place – Norwich Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry
Panera Bread



The Arc’s School to Work Transition Program

—giving young women and men the tools they need 
to become adults in a complex world.

Read more here.

The Arc’s General Store & Bakery: Employment Training that Works

Read more here

Community Plus Day Supports

Read more here



The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc New London County merged in July 2019 to form The Arc Eastern Connecticut.  Both agencies were established in 1952 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities in order to ensure equal participation and choice in school, in the workplace, and in their communities. Combining program and staff strengths, The Arc Eastern Connecticut now serves the entire eastern CT region and is the largest chapter of The Arc in the state.


The Arc Eastern Connecticut

125 Sachem Street

Norwich, Connecticut 06360

T: 860.889.4435

F: 860.889.4662



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