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What I’m Thankful For: Lindsey’s Perspective

Staff Perspectives

Calming the nerves of a friend after an interview with a video camera and lights shining on him, Justin gives a fist bump to Steve and says: “You did an awesome job!” Later, when Carley sees me, she smiles and excitedly asks: “Lindsey, I’m so happy to see you, are you coming to the park with us later today?” This is what I am thankful for… these moments of genuine thankfulness and encouragement that people we support at The Arc and the staff that work here provide so openly and willingly. As part of my job as Director of Marketing, …


Ken’s Choice

Programs and Services

Ken Marshall is a very friendly and personable 70 year old man living with a disability in Fairport, NY.  Prior to living in his current home, Ken lived with his wife of 20 years in various supportive apartments in Rochester and working a variety of jobs in the community through sheltered employment services.  Ken has always taken pride in his ability to be on his own with support.  He has had no contact with family for a long while, but over the years has developed relationships with close friends he considers family. Ken’s choice Several years after Ken’s wife passed, …

What Giving Tuesday Means to the Arc of Monroe


Today is Giving Tuesday.   You already know the difference that The Arc of Monroe has made in so many lives.  We are so thankful for you, and for our incredible Rochester community, but we still need your help.  There are three things that we ask you to continue to do. One, please spread the word about the good work that we are doing at The Arc.  Programs like Job Path train people on transferable job skills.  Community Habilitation helps people maintain a home, learn public transportation, and become as independent as possible by building daily living and social skills.  Our …

Shelley VanLare

Alzheimer’s, IDD and Caregivers

Health and Wellness

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  Caregivers who understand the disease process of dementia or Alzheimer’s are better able to provide an environment that helps the person live as full a life as possible, while keeping the stress level at a minimum. Practical Tips Remember that everyday activities become more challenging and confusing to a person with dementia. Daily Living Maintain old routines and make bathing relaxing – not a rush! Simplify the task by assisting as much as necessary. Don’t expect participation – …

Election Day, November 6, 2018

Make Voting a Priority


It’s mid-term election time!  Are you going to the polls tomorrow November 6th?  It takes time and research and, yes, it’s a real responsibility, but it’s our chance to really participate in our government. In the last mid-terms only 42% of registered voters participated. Let’s change that this year! We need you to help make a difference tomorrow. Why Vote? This is your chance to make your voice heard.  We are lucky to live in a democracy where we have the opportunity to choose our representatives. Who you vote for can affect your bank account, your rights, your health, and so …