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Celebrating 40 Years!


Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc. is gearing up to celebrate 40 years of serving the youths in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Part of our celebration, is to engage the students in extracurricular activities and we asking for your help to fund these outings. Our planning committee is looking for one special activity every month of the year, trips to historical sites such as Gettysburg and Washington D.C.; spirited trips to the Philadelphia Zoo and Hershey Park.

We need your help to make 2015 a year to Celebrate! Activities such as these allow our students to realize they can become the productive members of society. They will learn about our local history, our national history, enjoy social outings where, for that day, they live the life of a regular teenager.

Monetary contributions in all amounts are welcomed. Sponsors donating $500.00 and above will be recognized throughout the year at our events. Thank you for supporting the youth of today in their journey in of learning how they can become the leaders of tomorrow.

Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to A.R.C. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law and can be mailed to 2743 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110 marked for 40th Anniversary. Read more

Education Director

Dr. Maritza Robert Lopez After serving on the board for twelve years, Dr. Robert has joined the administration of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities as Education Director in June 2014. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Maritza Robert Lopez completed her B.A. in Sociology and Social Work from Colegio Sagrado Corazon. Leaving college, she worked as a special education teacher as well as at the state level as an administrator for programs in education and drug and alcohol prevention. Dr. Robert moved to the East Coast in 1979 to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from New York University. She later earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. Dr. Robert has served in many different public sectors during her thirty years as an administrator in Pennsylvania. In 1985, she joined the Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg, PA as a Training Coordinator where she was responsible for the development and supervision of employer educational and outreach programs for industry and community groups. In this position she planned and organized exhibits and conferences statewide and was responsible for the development of programmed instruction and educational materials in both English and Spanish. In 1997, Dr. Robert began working with Governor Tom Ridge as the Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. In that capacity she was responsible for developing, directing, and coordinating the overall activities of the Commission. She was responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan to ensure that state government was accessible, accountable, and responsive to the Latino community needs in the state of Pennsylvania. In 2000, Dr. Robert became Bureau Director of Community and Student Services in the Department of Education where she was responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering diverse educational programs in support of basic education in Pennsylvania’s public and non-public schools. In 2003, she became CEO and Principal of La Academia Charter School in Lancaster and later Read more

Schaffner Shelter Care Program

Beginning January 1, 2013, A.R.C. took over operation of Schaffner Shelter Care Program in Dauphin County. This program was developed to provide services for short-term, shelter care to dependent, pre-adjudicated and delinquent males and females with a maximum of 24 beds. The youths served range are 11 up to 19 years of age. Emergency care and short-term services are provided in an open environment in accordance with the statutes and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This closely supervised setting fosters the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional support of the residents. It is designed to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect at the hands of others and from harming themselves. Read more