Where we come from

arcBARKS Dog Treat Company was created by The Arc of Greensboro in response to an increasing need for post-high school options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. arcBARKS was envisioned as a self-funding program that would provide vocational training in the real world setting of a functioning dog treat bakery.

In 2011, long time Arc member and parent, Pat Clapp and Ruth Edwards, the Executive Director of The Arc of Greensboro, worked together to create the arcBARKS Program.

An arcBARKS Story

arcBARKS Dog Treat Company is a nonprofit job training and enrichment program for adults with special needs founded by The Arc of Greensboro. The program operates as a real world functional dog treat bakery that focuses on providing vocational and life skills. Recently, a group of graduate students from High Point University partnered with arcBARKS to produce a video about our program and highlighted the experience of our new baker Danielle. Please check out this video to learn more about arcBARKS! If you want to support arcBARKS please come by our storefront on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro, NC. We have Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, and Brew Barker Dog Treats! We are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We also have special holiday hours for those of you that can’t make it during the work week. Holiday Hours:- Saturday, December 22 - 10 am to 4 pm- Sunday, December 23 - 11 am to 3 pm- Monday, December 24 – 10 am to 2pm#specialneeds #handmadewithlove #handmade #specialneedsjourney #dogtreats #dogtreatsbyspecialneeds #businessspecialneeds #smallbusiness #smallbusinesslove #nonprofitsofinstagram #dog #dogbusiness #dogbakery #healthytreats #dogbiscuits #specialtreats #shopsmall #buylocal #arcbarks #arc #thearc #highpointuniversity

Posted by ArcBarks Dog Treat Company on Monday, December 17, 2018


Don Scales


Andrea Smith

Assistant Director

arcBARKS Advisory Board

Dr. Eric Kraus
Kathy Kraus
Ila Rosethal
Linda Yurko
Kevin Carr
Gene Parker
Dr. Mark Whitley
Chris Omohondro


Many individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations in the Greensboro community have recognized the potential of our program and have provided funding, expertise, and energy.  This synergistic partnership has sustained arcBARKS as we work to create a unique program for individuals with special needs.


Rose & Victor Ackermann
Pat & Steven Adelman
Arlene Dolin
Betsy & Richard Fox
Todd Gerkin
Arlene Gutterman & Kate Panzer
Kathy & Eric Kraus
Diane & Shad Kroeger
Kathy Manning & Randall Kaplan
Cyndy & Donald Murinson
John O’Neill
Martha & Rob Peddrick
Robert C. Rapp
Ila Rosenthal & Jeffrey Katz
Chris Roulhac
Elyse & Stuart Tafeen
Edith & Kevin Williford

2017-2018 Business Sponsors

TE Connectivity
Guilford Rotary Club
Cobb Animal Clinic


We are grateful to the following people and organizations who believed in our vision and helped to turn our ideas into reality.

The Kathleen and Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
The Weaver Foundation
UWGG Horizons Day Program
Pat Clapp
Irv and Irene Cohen
Bill Van Hine and Kevin Tackett
Kathy and Eric Kraus
Ila Rosethal and Jeff Katz
Sue Polinsky
The Fresh Market
Buzz Vanderwerff
Gene Parker