Assistance & Resource Center, Inc., while not affiliated with any religious belief or organization, was formed in response to a request from the Ministerium in the River Falls community. We arose from CVIC, Christian Volunteers in Christ, an organization formed in 1990 that assisted local families & individuals. CVIC was comprised of pastors and volunteers & funded similarly. The group faced escalating requests for help and could no longer effectively service the River Falls community. Pastors and volunteers (with great input from an Operation HELP coordinator) worked to formulate the groundwork for another organization that could handle the insurmountable task of meeting the pleas for help. Assistance & Resource Center emerged. ARC was incorporated on December 22, 2008, and received its 501(c)(3) status on July 23, 2009. Early in 2013, ARC expanded its service area to include the Ellsworth, WI school district.
ARC continues to operate as a "hand-up" rather than a "hand-out."