Board Member

Why I am a board member

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The way I came to know the Arc and the Foundation is a bit different.  I was very close with my aunt who dedicated her professional life to working with individuals with disabilities.  Sadly, she passed away at a young age from breast cancer.  Joining the Arc team and the Foundation Board is my way to help in the field she loved so dearly and to continue her legacy. Working as an employee benefits consultant, I have the opportunity to meet many different people.  A few years ago I met Dave Rizzari.  We came to know each other and through …

physical therapy

Celebrating 22 years at the Arc of Monroe

Staff Perspectives

Kristina knew in eighth grade that she wanted to be a Physical Therapist!  She volunteered in the PT departments at children’s hospitals while in high school to learn as much as she could.  10 years later she graduated from college with a degree and we are lucky to have her on staff at the Arc of Monroe. Kristina started her career as a Physical Therapist at Rochester Rehab.  When the Arc of Monroe decided to offer physical therapy on-site she took that opportunity and managed the launch of that service, splitting her time between the clinic and day services. Kristina …

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Dementia and the caregiver

Staff Perspectives

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   There are many articles these days about mindfulness and “being present in the moment,” telling us to enjoy the little things life has to offer.  What does this mean for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia?  What about the people who care for them?  Caregivers often feel that there is not enough time in the day to do what needs to be done, let alone taking time to stop and smell the roses.  For someone with dementia, however, smelling the roses may be …

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Being a Licensed Practical Nurse

Employment

My name is Nicole Miller and I’m a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). I’ve been a nurse with the Arc of Monroe for 6 1/2 years now. Right now I work at one of the residential homes, supporting the medical needs of the people who live there. A Typical Day Below is a list of activities I do as a nurse on an average day: Pass medications Run medical appointments Communicate with Doctor’s offices medical needs of people we support Order Medical Supplies and Medications Attend meeting that pertain to the individuals I support Attend Committee meetings that I am apart …

ArcWorks' Daylite Program

Success at Daylite, ArcWorks

Programs and Services

If you haven’t heard, ArcWorks is now an integrated business, hiring both people with and without disabilities.  Part of the ArcWorks experience is participating in a group called Daylite.  Daylite provides service learning/volunteer experiences as a stepping stone for people who will eventually move on to community employment.  Daylite focuses on team building, job skills training, confidence building, self-advocacy, and making friends. Volunteering helps with employment skills and provides a variety of experiences. There are currently three Daylite groups that volunteer at places such as Unity Hospital, Ogden Senior Center and Ronald McDonald House.   “We offer different learning opportunities and …

LifePrep@Naz college graduates and their experiences

Programs and Services

LifePrep@Naz (Nazareth College) is an employment readiness service that provides a college campus experience to its participants. It provides opportunities for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to continue their education and development with peers in a college classroom setting.  Program participants participate in internships to build job skills, educational opportunities like auditing college classes, and the opportunity to be a part of all campus activities. LifePrep students get to know Nazareth College student mentors who take them to lunch, classes and social events, along with opportunity to form relationships with campus staff and faculty. We are so proud of …