The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the day-to-day routine of nearly everyone, worldwide. At ARCA, the health and safety of children and adults in our care, our workforce and community at large remain our highest priorities.

ARCA is maintaining full compliance with state and CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our homes and offices. Medical supplies are limited; if you have resources for items such as vinyl gloves, face masks, PPE, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, paper towels, oxygen tubing and other essential medical supplies, please call Michele Cody at (505) 332-6803 or email. With over 60 years of experience and expertise, we are focused on prevention and ongoing continuity of care, taking every precautionary measure in response to this serious public health concern. With your support, we can work together through this unprecedented pandemic.

We value your commitment to ARCA and appreciate adherence with all measures put in place to ensure the wellbeing of people served, staff and our community at large. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated on this website as it becomes available. Please click on any of the topics to your right for current information. If you have questions or would like additional information, please click here to email our response team.

Edward J. Kaul, ARCA President/CEO

CDC Guidelines to Limit Exposure

The following state and CDC guidelines are in place to limit exposure:

1.    Practice proper hand washing hygiene. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol upon entering the building and before and after interaction with individuals receiving services. Soap and water is preferred if hands are visibly dirty. See effective hand washing instructions

2.    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Please review the CDC’s information on coughing and sneezing etiquette.

3.    Sick employees should stay home. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

4.    In accordance with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH):

  • Any symptomatic person should call 1-855-600-3453 or their primary care physician before going to the doctor, unless it is an emergency. In an emergency, call 911. 
  • For more information, visit NM Department of Health website at

5.    Perform routine environmental cleaning at lease twice each day. Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and at home, including countertops and doorknobs using a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.



All volunteer opportunities have been cancelled until further notice.  The following scheduled public events have been postponed indefinitely:

Annual Geranium Celebration

Annual Bob Scanlon/Steve Mackie Bowl-a-Thon

ARCA Services

In accordance with state mandates, all community activities have been cancelled with the exception of medical and other essential supports.

  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, all congregate Customized Community Supports programs are closed until further notice.
  • One-on-one Customized Community Supports may occur in the home. For further information, please contact Dava Matillano.
  • All residential programs have cancelled community activities with the exception of medical and other essential supports.
Visitor Restrictions
  • Effective March 19, 2020, only authorized ARCA staff will be allowed on ARCA facilities.
  • Visitors and guests should postpone any planned trips to ARCA properties until further notice.
  • All volunteer opportunities have been cancelled until further notice.

Please contact ARCA at 505-332-6700 for any questions you have regarding training.  We will update this site as more information becomes available.

CBIS Training scheduled for April 6 – 10 has been indefinitely postponed.


How to help

There are many ways to help one another during this time.

  • Please be kind.
  • Please adhere to all mandated restrictions.  These are in place for the health, safety and happiness of all New Mexicans.
  • If you have resources to help with medical, hygiene and/or PPE supplies, please contact Michele Cody.
  • If you would like to donate to ARCA, please click here.
  • Thank you for everything you do. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham reminded us all that by taking care of ourselves, we are also caring for our family, our community, our state, our country and the world.