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Paid summer internships prepare youth for employment

Programs and Services

Summer Transition Employment Program, or STEP, is a paid internship program offered through Job Path, a division of the Arc of Monroe.  The internship program is in collaboration with ACCES-VR, the Rochester City School District and Greece School District.  City and Greece schools work with ACCES-VR to identify the youth who are a good fit for this program.  STEP provides high school students with work readiness training prior to the paid internship. Students receive 15 hours of work readiness training April through June.  The summer internship lasts six weeks and each intern is supported by Job Path Employment Specialists who …

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Interview with a Direct Support Professional

Employment

Ever wondered what Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) do?  Check out my interview with Kierstin Fuentes about her career as a DSP. How many years have you been a DSP at the Arc of Monroe? Kierstin: I have been a DSP for the Arc for almost 2 years. What are your typical days/hours of work? Kierstin: My typical hours of work are 7:30am-4pm. What are your duties as a DSP? Kierstin: My duties as a DSP are to help the people I support achieve their goals on a daily basis. What does a typical day look like? Kierstin: My typical day …

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Jewish religion celebrated

Programs and Services

Religion is important in the lives of people we support.  In three of the residential homes we support most of the people practice Judaism.  In these three particular homes Arc staff helps the Jewish residents practice their faith and respect traditions. The houses on Farm Brook, Havens and Shaftsbury all have kosher kitchens.  For people who are Orthodox Jewish this is very important.  The houses keep separate dishes and utensils—one set for dairy, one set for meat. Arc staff member Sandy Dillon, Residence Manager, learned all about the Jewish religion and practices the traditions with the people who live in …