Amanda’s Love for Life

Stories Of People We Support

Amanda Vito is someone you should know.  She has been enrolled in services at the Arc of Monroe for fourteen years!  She is involved with Community Arts Connection, Job Path, Special Olympics and is employed at the Bay View YMCA.  Amanda leads her life with a smile on her face, lighting up any room she’s in. Day Services Community Arts Connection allows Amanda personal expression through the arts.  She enjoys creating watercolors and pastels, with a particular focus on flowers which she was inspired to paint after a trip to Hawaii with her family.  You will find many of her …

Marcus, Employment and NDEAM

Stories Of People We Support

In honor of  NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) we introduce Marcus who is employed at Hart’s Local Grocers in Rochester, NY. What is NDEAM? NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. On the job On his first day of work Marcus remarks that everyone at Hart’s was very welcoming and says they treat him like family. A Job Coach or Employment Specialist, like Ashley, from Job Path will help with job hunting, resume writing, and interview skills.  Ashley helped Marcus find a job that …

Steve Neelin

Why volunteer?


If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   Meet Steve Neelin who is an avid volunteer in the Rochester community.  Volunteering is a significant part of his life.  He enjoys helping people and encourages everyone to get involved with a non-profit and make a difference. Steve volunteers with the Special Olympics locally, initially getting involved through work.  The first woman he coached participated in the adaptive games.  “She stole my heart and I’ve been hooked ever since,” says Steve.  For 18 years he has coached soccer, basketball, track, softball, and floor …

Ben Ibezim

A Career of Excellence


Congratulations to Ben Ibezim for winning the Arc New York 2018 Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award!  The Arc of Monroe is so proud to have Ben Ibezim as part of our team for over 20 years.  He began his career as a Direct Support Professional and was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager.  He has been in his current role as Residence Manager for 15 years. Melody Johnson, Director of Educational & Professional Development says, “Ben shares his passion for work with others. He mentors people to understand the purpose of their work, being more than just a job. …