MIRAMAR BEACH — The Arc of the Emerald Coast CEO John Roper recently accepted the donation of a 2017 Honda CRV with only 1,800 miles on it from Bill and Cheryl Stegbauer.

The Stegbauers learned of the Arc of the Emerald Coast as patrons of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. They said they have a special place in their hearts for the intellectually and developmentally disabled clients the Arc serves, according to a press release from The Arc

After a tour of the Arc's facilities, the generous couple became friends of the Arc and its mission "to provide a path from disability to capability."

The Arc provides transportation services to the disabled with its 39-vehicle fleet, which desperately needs replacing. In fact, the need for new vehicles is the organization's greatest need. While almost half the fleet is made up of passenger vans, regular vehicles are needed as well.

"Our supported employment coaches travel hundreds of miles each month, racking up the mileage on their own vehicles, and we pay the mileage," Roper said in the release. "This vehicle will not only save the wear and tear on their cars, but save us hundreds of dollars per year in mileage pay. We cannot thank them enough."

The Arc of the Emerald Coast provides services to over 450 men, women and children in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism.