About Us

The Arc Provides and Promotes:

Arc Southwest provides support and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We service individuals from birth to death. We provide this support through public policy and legislation as well as direct supports to individuals and families. We meet with a person with disability, the person’s family members/guardian, and the person’s providers to assess individual needs, opportunities, concerns, and goals. In addition to providing workshops that help seek and locate suitable, affordable and accessible housing options, we also assist with transitions from school to employment.

In providing assistance with IEPs and self-advocacy, we distribute information and resources regarding school, government and community resources while helping families and parents navigate the human services delivery system. Arc Southwest believes that it is important to provide the support for individuals with intellectual disabilities to act as their own advocates and live as independently as possible. Through several of our social activities, we also provide an environment that encourages a positive view of some of life’s challenges.

We serve the following counties:  Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock,  Waseca, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine.

If you are interested in any of the above services, please contact one of the staff below:

Program Director/Acting Executive Director
Lee Ann Erickson
Box 674
Fairmont, MN 56031

Regional Coordinator/SAM Community Organizer
Wilbur Neushwander-Frink
501 South Second Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Communications Manager
Eric Sletten
501 South Second Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Housing Advocate/Support Specialist
Erin Arellano
501 South Second St
Mankato, MN 56001

Regional Coordinator for Lyon, Lincoln, Redwood, & Yellow Medicine Counties
Pat Brooks
PO Box 154
Milroy, MN 56263

Regional Coordinator
Pat Willett-Kietzer
80 E. Ken Rue Lane
Fairmont, MN 56031
(507) 848-5017

Regional Coordinator for Rock, Nobles, Murray, & Pipestone Counties
Open Position

Mankato Office Assistant
Brad Noy
501 South Second Street
Mankato, MN 56001

 Our Fax numbers:
Mankato Office- 507-345-8145
Fairmont Office- 507-235-2680