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It is with the greatest sadness we share the untimely passing our our board member, Melissa Brickey. Melissa passed due to complications of a heart attack last week. Viewing is February 9th with a Celebration of Life February 10th at 1 pm at Nelson Funeral Home Ashland, Virginia.

Melissa served on the board of the Arc of Hanover for many years, most recently as secretary. That title doesn't begin to encompass her contributions. She was our technology guru, able to learn and execute programs she had never seen before with unbelievable speed. She wrote articles. She helped design events. She helped open our Thrift Store. There was nothing she couldn't do. But, most importantly, she was an amazing mother to her son Riley and advocate for him. 


There are no words that will soften the pain of losing her. Her family is in our hearts as we grieve together. We love you Melissa. 

The Arc of Hanover 

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Upcoming Events

January 17, 2024 - Rally Day

Get ready to be seen and heard at the State Capitol on January 17, 2024, as we rally for people with IDD! With the recent changes in Virginia's General Assembly, it's more important than ever to show up and show our lawmakers we are here! Your presence matters and can make a difference in the legislation that affects us all. Register now to take the bus from Home Depot on Lakeridge Parkway at 9:15 am, or meet us at the Bell Tower on Capitol Square at 10:30 am on 1/17/24. Wear orange if you have it!

Sign up here to ride the bus: I'm Riding the Bus! 

Art Class!  

On January 23rd the Arc of Hanover will host an Art Class led by Renay Czajka. The class will have only six people with special needs in it, so lots of hands on attention. The location is 417 England Street, Ashland VA 23005. Contact Renay Czajka on Facebook or the Arc at The event is first come, first served and is no cost to participants. Fun!!!


Arc of Hanover Thrift Store
10193 Washington Highway (old Green Top Building)
Open for shopping & donations: 
Thursday and Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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The Arc of Hanover is the leading advocacy, service and awareness organization for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hanover County.

The Arc of Hanover currently serves 200+ individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through advocacy, information and supports. We provide direct services to Hanover County residents and assist many in the neighboring localities with information and referral.


The Arc of Hanover advocates for the rights and full participation of children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Together with our members and affiliated chapters across the nation, we provide and improve systems of supports and services; connect families, inspire communities and influence public policy. People with developmental disabilities are valued as classmates, coworkers, neighbors and friends.

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