National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Hiring people with disabilities is a social responsibility


Hiring people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities is a social responsibility Instant Monogramming began in the living room of majority owner Debi Bloom 36 years ago. It is now a 13-person operation on University Avenue in Rochester, NY. Rebecca Hetherington, daughter of Debi Bloom and part owner of the small business, is being honored as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) for their efforts in hiring and promoting people with disabilities. In response to their award Rebecca humbly states, “I am surprised and confused. We just try to be nice to everyone.” Our community is lucky to have …

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Will you raise your hand to help?

Staff Perspectives

Will you raise your hand to help? Have you ever been to an event and you walked away with a different perspective? Have you ever heard a story of a person who overcame personal challenges and made you appreciate how things may come simpler to you? Have you ever been so drawn to a cause that you wanted to raise your hand to help?  I can say personally that ALL of this is true for me. Last year I was working at a local signage company, Image360 Rochester, where I had the great opportunity to help with the sign needs …

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Mike celebrates a 37-year career

Staff Perspectives

Mike Jennison is celebrating 37 years with the Arc of Monroe! He began his career as a Maintenance Technician for nine houses after which he moved into our facilities department as Manager, and is now Project Manager. His main focus is fire and safety issues, certifications, and OFPC audits, visiting all the houses and day programs to make sure everyone is compliant. Beyond the above he manages renovations and preservation at all locations across the agency. The agency has seen his kids grown up and now grandkids. Colleagues and supervisors have always supported him during the hard times.  Mike describes …

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Inclusive language and safe spaces


“Be You, Be the Arc” is not just a catchy slogan that we say at The Arc of Monroe, it’s a reflection of who we are and what we are all about. Our agency is an inclusive place where we empower everyone to find what it is that makes them unique and where we celebrate the diversity that each of us brings. We live our mission statement: “a progressive community that welcomes diversity, fosters meaningful relationships, and cultivates a life of fulfillment for those we support.” In order to welcome diversity, we strive to make every Arc location a safe …

Direct Support Professional

Recognizing Direct Support Professional Barbara Kostecke-Horton


BARBARA KOSTECKE-HORTON: EMPOWERING PEOPLE AS A DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL Barbara Kostecke-Horton serves as a Direct Support Professional for The Arc of Monroe, a CQL-Accredited human service organization headquartered in Rochester, NY. The Arc of Monroe provides a variety of programs and services for over 1,700 people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families in the Rochester community for almost 60 years. Barbara focuses in on certain components within each of the Personal Outcome Measures® indicators, helping the people she supports understand them. Barbara has helped several different people identify and achieve their goals through interview and discovery process. Some of the goals …

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College experience participants out and about in Rochester

Programs and Services

Our Monroe Community College (MCC) Experience participants had a busy summer and wrote about the experiences below. Support college experience programs like these by making a DONATION now. Community Involvement By: Britanie Smith & Alexander Gresens We went to the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St John Fisher College.We played games with LifePrep@Naz students, like a Family Feud game! We took some individual photos with the mascot and then a group photo after. We took a group photo with LifePrep. We went to Charlotte Beach and we had fun in the sun plus some people decided to walk on the …