The Arc of Northern Rhode Island

The Arc of Northern Rhode Island (The Homestead Group) is a not-for-profit human service agency providing supports and services for people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

The Arc has a long and rich history, formed more than fifty years ago by volunteer-parents seeking support and services for their children with disabilities.

Today, The Arc operates a Habilitative Services Division, a Residential Services Division, and an Independent Living Services Program. Altogether The Arc provides services to over 350 individuals.


The mission of The Homestead Group is to help the people we support lead the lives they want and deserve.


  • Our services will be participant centered.
  • The community is where people we support live, work and play.
  • Systems of support as a means to an end.