TIAA Bank Helps Open Doors to Hope and Independence

TIAA Bank and The Arc Jacksonville shared a vision for better living. This vision led to the development of The Arc Jacksonville Village, the nation’s first community of its type dedicated to establishing a lifestyle of independence for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Our relationship with TIAA Bank is multidimensional,” said Jim Whittaker, president and chief executive officer of The Arc Jacksonville Inc. “Together, we can help turn a house into a home for our residents.”

TIAA Bank is committed to using its resources to build stronger communities and empowering individuals to reach their full potential, and the opening of The Arc Jacksonville Village is a remarkable way of fulfilling this mission.

How it all Started

The Arc Jacksonville’s relationship with TIAA Bank deepened in 2001 when the bank hired Jason, then a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome, as a mail clerk. The Arc Jacksonville provided Jason with job training, readying him for the workforce, and knew his potential. Today, 15 years later, Jason continues to be a valued member of the TIAA Bank team. TIAA Bank is setting the bar high as a leader in the field of employing individuals with disabilities.

Philanthropically, TIAA Bank has been a long-time supporter and corporate sponsor of The Arc Jacksonville’s many Dinner with Bill fundraisers and, most recently, of The Arc Jacksonville Village.

TIAA Bank’s role in bringing the vision of The Arc Jacksonville Village to life was instrumental. Through their support, guidance and financial commitments, The Village successfully opened its door to 121 residents in May, 2016.

The shared values of The Arc Jacksonville and TIAA Bank and the bank’s long standing commitment to addressing community needs will continue to change lives in our city.

About TIAA Bank

TIAA Bank, a division of TIAA, FSB, provides full-service banking and lending services to consumer, commercial and institutional clients through a variety of channels, including online and its Florida-based financial centers. More information on TIAA Bank can be found at

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