In the mid 1960’s a private non-profit organization was formed by caring and concerned parents and community leaders. The agency was to be known as The ARC of Washington County, later known as The Arc of Washington County. Services provided initially were those of support to parents and families with the challenges that they were facing with their child or family member who was mentally challenged. Soon thereafter, a residential group home for females was established, The Wacarca League Home for Ladies.
In 1986, a group home was established with the support of HUD for the ladies of the Wacarca home. A residence which was established for 8 men in the 1980’s, was later converted to a HUD group home in 1996. In 1997, a ruling came about that an agency receiving federal funding through the Department of Mental Retardation could not provide both case management and residential services under the same corporation name. Therefore, on March 1, 1997, residential services was removed from the Arc of Washington County and placed under the old corporate name of Washington County Community Residential Services, Inc.
After approximately ten (10) years of utilizing the corporate name of Washington County Community Residential Services, Inc.; the Board of Directors approved a name that fits more appropriately and a logo that is used as an identifier. Often times the old corporate name is associated with Washington County as a county service provider, and is also thought that we only provide residential services, and for that one county. With all of the above being confusing, we took on a new name of “Core Services of Northeast Tennessee”. This name identifies us as an agency that covers all of Northeast Tennessee. Our logo, a home with an open heart, portrays an agency willing to provide a variety of support services to individuals that are mentally challenged. Core Services is the public name we use as a d.b.a. under the corporate name of Washington County Community Residential Services, Inc.