Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores began in 1982 and provide vital funding for The Arc Greater Twin Cities. The Arc Greater Twin Cities provides programs and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families here in the Twin Cities Metro Area.


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Employing People With Disabilities

Employing People With Disabilities

There are a number of powerful myths that exist about people with disabilities in the workplace and in our culture. Many of these beliefs are false, and should not be broadly applied to people with disabilities. Despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work the majority of people with disabilities continue to be unemployed or...
Autism: My Experience and How The Arc Helped

Autism: My Experience and How The Arc Helped

As a child, I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I struggled making friends, I had a difficult time expressing myself in a positive manner when faced with changes in my routine, or when facing new experiences. I struggled with anxiety and depression; skipped school and struggled to finish high school even though I...
Behind the Curtain – What’s it really like to run a thrift shop?

Behind the Curtain – What’s it really like to run a thrift shop?

Kathie Olson, Arc’s Value Village Thrift & Donation Center Richfield. I never intended to manage a thrift store. That really wasn’t what I was shooting for. I mean, I always loved working in fine retail as a hobby for something fun to do when I needed some extra cash or was between “real” jobs, but...
Mattress Matters

Mattress Matters

When it comes to choosing the right mattress there are a lot of options out there, though these days it seems far too many come with an inflated sense of urgency through hyped and gimmicky sales events.  Comparison shopping can be tricky and sales staff can often be woefully under-informed or intent on pursuing their...