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JCA: JARC Records

Identifier: UR001521

Scope and Content

The records include general administrative documents such as correspondence and minutes, clippings and newsletters, as well as one box of videotapes. Important Subjects: Community-based social services, Developmentally disabled, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Social service, Vocational education.


  • 1969 - 1994


  • JARC (Organization)

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


This non-sectarian, non-profit organization was incorporated in 1969 by a group of parents of developmentally disabled children and young adults. The group was known as the Parents Association for Jewish Residential Care (PAJRC). It met at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit and shared concerns about the future of these children. The group advocated for residential, vocational and recreational services for their children as well as those people who were being released into the community from state institutions. Its goals included heightened community awareness and acceptance of the disabled.

Services developed slowly. In 1972, the first group home serving Jewish developmentally disabled adults opened in Detroit. In 1975 the group’s name changed to the Association for Jewish Retarded and later to Jewish Association for Retarded Citizens. In 1977, a landmark state decision prohibiting local governments from using zoning laws to exclude group and foster homes allowed the work of this group to flourish. In 1980, the group took the official name of JARC, since the language of the previous names was “no longer considered dignified or accurate to describe the people served.” (

Over the years, a constellation of services developed to serve people with a range of disabilities and their families. Programs include semi-independent apartment living, coordinated intervention services for dually diagnosed, and family assistance programs. By 1997, seventeen group homes existed throughout Oakland County. Annual fundraising programs augment state- federal (Medicaid) income to provide a high level of service to program participants.


2.5 Linear Feet (2 MB, 1 OS)


JARC, formerly the Jewish Association for Retarded Citizens, was incorporated in 1969 as the Parents Association for Jewish Residential Care. The papers reflect the activities of JARC, a non-sectarian, non-profit agency, which provides residential, vocational and recreational services for developmentally disabled children and adults in Oakland County, Michigan. Advocacy and family assistance programs are also part of JARC's mission.


The collection is not arranged in series. Folders are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes.


Documents deposited in 1992; videos deposited in 1994.

Related Materials

Other material in the Jewish Community Archives at the Reuther Library, particularly Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Records, Jewish Community Center Records and Benyas Photographic Negatives.


One box of videotapes (Box 4) was transferred to the Reuther A-V Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid revised by Aimee Ergas on February 8, 2016.


  • JARC (Organization)
Guide to the JCA: JARC Records
Processed by Aimee Ergas.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA