Wow, what a year this has been.
Each and every one of our lives has been affected in different ways. We have also become unified in our determination to contain the spread of this virus. This could not be done without every single one of us, doing our parts, and extending ourselves even more than we thought we could.
While drawing close to our loved ones at home, the staff at The Arc of Monroe left theirs to stand together with those we support in their homes. They became heroes overnight, doing everything they could to keep the people we support stay safe and to contain the spread of the virus. When day habilitation programs closed down, our direct support staff went into residential. Other staff whose roles changed went to work at ArcWorks, which has continued to operate as an essential business this entire time. Those in administrative support roles became immersed in technology and took on their roles working from home. All of us did it while taking care of our children, our parents and our loved ones.
We could not be prouder of our team at The Arc of Monroe for pulling through these past six months. It is a true inspiration to all of us!
I invite you to also learn more about what we’ve been doing at The Arc Foundation of Monroe in 2020 by reading the latest issue of MonArc. In this issue you’ll find a front-page story about Albert and Steve – two men we support who have continued to work throughout the pandemic with the support of our Job Path program. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about “Sibley’s Christmas Adventure,” a new holiday children’s book written by Don Alhart and illustrated by The Arc’s very own Marketing intern and graduating senior from Nazareth College, Doug Hoyt. You’ll read our President/CEO Barb Wale’s final message before she retires, and you’ll have a chance to enjoy some of our snapshots from 2020.
We know 2020 has been a difficult and challenging year. We are all in this together, and it takes every single one of us to get through this time. If you are able to make a contribution to The Arc of Monroe, for the continued work that we do for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we would greatly appreciate it.
We can’t wait to share with you what we have in store for 2021. We’ll see you soon!
The Arc Foundation of Monroe