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The arc Thrift Stores mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Arc Thrift Stores is a non-profit organization operating 20+ thrift stores in Metro Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The proceeds generated through the sale of gently used clothing and household items are distributed to Arc Chapters throughout the state of Colorado. The Arc Chapters are able to provide their much needed services and advocacy to their clients because of the funding generated by Arc Thrift Stores. We believe that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have the opportunity to decide how they‌live, learn, work, and play.

Since opening the first arc Thrift Store in 1968, over $100M in funding has been generated for The Arc chapters.

This funding does not leave Colorado, but rather goes to work in communities across the state. arc Thrift Stores employs over 1400 people statewide of which over 300 have intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, another 150 people participate on a volunteer basis in our stores. The revenue generated at the retail locations is the primary source of funding for the 14 Arc chapters in Colorado.

The Arc protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and promotes their full inclusion in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc chapters in Colorado are a part of the over 700 chapters of The Arc across the United States.

HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS In the early 60’s, newly formed chapters of The Arc relied on small garage sales and bake sales to provide funds to support their programs. In 1963 the chapters created the Metropolitan Arc as a separate fundraising entity and non-profit organization with the sole purpose of raising funds for the chapters. Several years later a board member from the Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties attended training in California where he toured a thrift store operation. This board member brought the idea back to the Metropolitan Arc and one year later, in June of 1968, the first arc Thrift Store opened on South Broadway.

MISSION HIGHLIGHTS Today arc Thrift Stores operates 20+ successful thrift stores in Colorado’s Front Range communities. The revenue generated from the very generous donations in these communities has provided millions of dollars in funding to the Colorado Arc Chapters. These funds make it possible for the Chapters to advocate for countless people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. arc Thrift Stores is one of Colorado’s largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; affectionately known as arc Ambassadors. Not only an employer; arc provides post-secondary classes in basic life skills to Ambassadors through arc University as well as monthly social events such as bowling and movie nights. arc Thrift Stores is a place of acceptance and inclusion for everyone. arc Thrift Stores also operates a Vehicle for Charity Program that benefits hundreds of charities including Colorado Public Radio, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Cerebral Palsy Association, Alzheimer’s Association of the Rocky Mountains, Goodwill Denver as well as hundreds of other charitable organizations. arc Thrift Stores is a resource during disaster relief efforts providing vouchers to the Red Cross and local disaster relief organizations during emergency situations throughout the state. arc Thrift Stores has worked with countless charitable organizations throughout Colorado to assist people in times of need over the last decade. arc Thrift Stores annual food drive provides over 170 tons of food to the Volunteers of America and stocks their Meals on Wheels program for the entire year. This collaborative food drive has recently become Colorado’s largest food raising effort; filling over 20 semi-trailers for food insecure Coloradans. arc Thrift Stores has donated over 1,000 tons of food over the last decade.


Kingahnah Grant graduated from Overland High School in 2012. Kingahnah works at the Centennial Arc Thrift Store as a shoe department assistant. He is also an Arc Ambassador. He worked for a short time with P.R.C. doing warehouse work and answering phones before he came to Arc in 2015. Every day he comes to work at Arc – where he helps organize and clean shoes – he has a great time and really enjoys working, seeing his friends, and helping customers. He loves music – especially pop – and it’s his dream to one day be a D.J. Kingahnah is a pop culture enthusiast. He knows everything about the latest music and the latest trends. He is planning to start a video blog that will talk about current issues, the local music scene, and that will offer his many fans his particular spin on all things hip and cool. But, Kingahnah is also an artist; he enjoys writing poetry and stories. And, he also loves playing video games when he’s not at work.


Elizabeth, or Beth as her friends call her (and she has A LOT of friends!) is a Golden High School and a Red Rocks Community College graduate. She works at the Green Mountain Arc Thrift Store as a department assistant, customer service representative, and cashier. She is also an Arc Ambassador. She is also this year’s valedictorian from Arc University. At Red Rocks Community College she received two certificates in theatre. She studied Stage Hand Basics and Costume Basics. As an actress, her favorite character she has played so far is the wicked witch of the west in a production of The Wizard of Oz. A lover of travel and of soaking up foreign cultures, Elizabeth has seen more of the world than most people. She has been to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and to Botswana. While there, she was lucky enough to see the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and water buffalo. She has also been to Saint John, VI, and to the Bahamas. A gifted speaker, Elizabeth presented a workshop at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention about stage make up. She also sits on the board of the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association as a Self Advocate. She is an altar server at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Golden, and was a model in Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show and at last year’s ARC’s Born to Be Me Gala. A dynamo of boundless energy and endless ambition, she has her sites set on getting her own apartment and on helping other people with disabilities.


Joaquin Rondo works at the Austin Bluffs Arc Thrift Store in Market Center in Colorado Springs as a department assistant and is an Arc Ambassador. Joaquin has quite a story. Let’s start at the beginning. On November 6, 1984, Joaquin Jamar Rondo was born – three months early. He only weighed 2 lbs. But, he was a fighter, even then. He stayed in the hospital for 45 days, but was finally able to come home on Christmas Eve. When he came home from the hospital he was still so small that he slept in a sheepskin lined shoebox. He has now grown into a fine young man. He’s worked for the Arc Thrift Stores for six years, but he started as a volunteer until he was hired. Now he works in production sorting shoes. Joaquin loves to play video games and watch Godzilla over and over again…all 28 movies! He takes kung-fu lessons and has achieved an orange belt in black ancient oriental weaponry. He loves going out with his friends to the movies and to dinner. More recently, he has started experimenting with drones. When he was one year old he got to meet Muhammad Ali, one of his heroes to this day. He is very knowledgeable about animals, most especially alligators, baby tigers, eagles, baboons, and tarantulas. He loves these creatures so much that he has actually had his picture taken with EACH of them! He can’t have a tiger at home, of course, but he does have a cockatiel and three dogs. Joaquin’s goals in life are to live independently and to travel the world. Joaquin has a wonderful smile and a good sense of humor and he is loved by everyone at Arc!

STORE HIGHLIGHTS arc Thrift has provided millions and millions of dollars of mission-critical funding to chapters of The Arc in Colorado’s front range communities, allowing us to collectively advocate for countless people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a non-profit organization operating in Metro Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, arc Thrift Stores operates 20+ retail locations throughout Colorado. • Over 4 million customer transactions at arc Thrift Stores last year. • Over 18 million items were sold in arc Thrift Stores last year. • arc Thrift Stores opened its 24th store in 2015, which has established a new industry standard for thrift operators across the United States. Growth Continues. As we look to the future plans are in place for additional new store openings and multiple donation drop off locations. Recent new openings have exceeded all expectations.


Over 60 million pounds of clothing, household items and furniture were donated in 2014. Our new online donation pick up scheduler went live and has met with great success. Innovative approaches to sourcing donations has provided significant additional product. “Jane with arc Thrift Stores� has become a household name. When Jane calls, you know its arc calling to schedule your donation pickup.


The positive eco-impact that Coloradoans create through arc Thrift Stores is staggering. Over 60 million pounds of clothing and household items were donated and diverted from the landfill over the past twelve months. This equates to approximately 6,000,000 cubic feet of landfill space. For every clothing item donated to arc, about 7 pounds of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is offset from the air we all breathe.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS Number of Employees with Developmental Disabilities 300 250 200 150 100 50 0

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011



2014 2015 2016


2014 2015 2016

Distributions to Arc Chapters $8,000,000




2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011


FINANCIAL SUMMARY This annual impact report includes retail and financial data for the fiscal year ended September 25, 2016

ARC THRIFT STORES RECEIVED FROM THE COMMUNITY(REVENUES) Retail stores Auto donation program Scrap & recycled goods Public support Other TOTAL

Dollars in Thousands

% of Revenue

$66,175 4,361 1,662 950 635 $73,783

89.7% 5.9% 2.3% 1.3% 0.9% 100.0%



1,146 124 5,546 $59,164

1.6% 0.2% 7.5% 80.2%



9,360 2,305

12.0% 2.4%

2,799 $14,464

2.4% 19.6%



ARC THRIFT STORES RETURNED TO THE COMMUNITY (EXPENSES) Retail stores Operations Auto donation program Operations Fundraising General and administrative TOTAL OPERATING CASHFLOW Before payments to charities and support of charitable programs Distributions to arc chapters & other charities Employment of individuals with disabilities Payments to charitable organizations from the auto donation program SUBTOTAL


Before capital acquisitions & improvments

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman Vice Chair Secretary Past Chair President, CEO

Charles (Chuck) Sather Mark Wilson Christopher Camut Dean Boosalis Lloyd Lewis

Board Members

Audit Chair

Scott Chandler Chris Burnett Luke Stahmer Michelle Sie Whitten Cleo Parker Robinson John Beckman Lucinda Hundley Debbie Portwood Stephen Burg Cory Foreman Tamra Ward Bobby Pesavento Frank Zaveral


A MISSION OF FUNDING ADVOCACY AND INCLUSION. arc Thrift Stores 12345 W. Alameda Pkwy, Suite 111 Lakewood, CO 80228

Arc Annual Report 2016  
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