In Arms Reach, Inc. (“IAR”) is proudly approaching its 18th year of service in New York City. 

IAR’s mission to serve children impacted by incarceration was initially supported by a handful of amazing people deeply inspired by my story, my passion, and my physical condition.  Although virtually paralyzed from the neck down by muscular dystrophy, I knew it was only by developing my thoughtful concern about this under-served population that anything would be done.

IAR was able to open up its doors after receiving funding from concerned individuals who heard and responded to my story.  Devoted citizens like Peter Greer, a senior record executive and Nina Rosenblum, whose film Unintended Consequences made enough noise about incarceration and injustice to change IAR’s path forever. 

Soon after we won the prestigious Echoing Green seed fellowship grant (class of 2001). At that time, IAR was the first and only agency of its kind in NYC providing services exclusively to children of incarcerated parents. We have made a lot of waves since then and I am truly grateful for all the support that allowed us to make it through those formative years. 

That day 18 years ago I was excited and inspired to change the world. And guess what?  Today…I still am. We have learned so much over almost two decades and we have been re-inspired again and again.  

From day one, my goal has always been to provide children and youth, including those impacted by the criminal justice system with a unique program model that empowers them.  Moving forward, as we continue our profound mission, please take a moment to enjoy and explore our site and please feel free to contact us with any questions. 

IAR welcomes your support through donations, volunteering, or simply spreading the word about our programs.  Thank you for your continued support.

Yours in mobility,

T. Stevens, Quadriplegic Founder

President and CEO