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. Our first Bakery Manager was Janine Dixon.

What we’re about

Under the direct supervision of trained leadership staff, arcBARKS chefs are introduced to all aspects of baking and packaging our preservative-free dog treats. Some chefs participate in storefront sales, and some perform supervisory and bookkeeping functions. All chefs have the opportunity to accompany the leadership staff on sales calls, off-site sales events, and speaking engagements.  As chefs gain confidence and transferable job skills, they are counseled about options for competitive employment in the larger community.

Where we are now

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.


Don Scales


Andrea Smith

Assistant Director


Kathleen and Joseph M. Bryan Foundation – Central North Carolina Hearing Foundation – Wells Fargo Bank Community – BB&T Attorney & Lighthouse – Cemala Foundation – Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation – CarMax Matching Gifts Foundation – TE Connectivity Foundation – Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation – Elsewhere’s Art Collaborative – PICNIC Event Micro Grant – Brant Taylor Barrier Free Award – Greensboro Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities – Weaver Foundation Junior Board of Directors – Irene and Irv Cohen – Dr. Sue Polinsky, TechTriad – Richard L. (“Skip”) Moore – Scott Sellars – Erin Winters, Made to Order – Bill VanHine & Kevin Tackett – Ila Rosenthal & Jeff Katz – Timothy L Reeves, Jr. – Chefs and Staff – Helen Martin – Kathy & Eric Kraus – Joyce Margo – Sign-A-Rama – Margaret & Gene Parker