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’m in the business of benefit consulting and as a young professional I wanted to get connected with something.  I don’t have the deepest pockets but I can give my time.  I was very close with my aunt that worked with people who had disabilities.  Sadly, she passed away young from breast cancer.  This is my way to help in the field she loved so dearly.  I am able to continue her legacy. In addition, I also have a tie to the Arc of Monroe …

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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

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 all that matters. A realistic visual People with dementia are often trapped inside their own minds with memories …

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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 …

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health: Myths and Misconceptions

Health and Wellness

A Google search of the term “mental health” yields about 1,120,000,000 results. The most common search terms associated with “mental health” include “awareness month”, “awareness”, “statistics”, “definition”, “quotes”, “facts”, “association”, “disorders”, and “issues”. Simply put, mental health is defined as “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being”. While there is clearly an abundance of data both online and in print surrounding mental health, there continue to be misconceptions and misunderstandings about what it all means. This has an impact on how we, both individually and collectively, view and treat mental health conditions. Mental health myths One …

Right fit hiring

Employment

What is right fit hiring? Right fit hiring is a tool to help with employee retention. Hiring well, selecting the right person for the right job helps with retention.  The key principles are: fit for the organization, fit for the team, and fit for the job. How does the process work? Human Resources interviews for fit within the organization. We use behavioral based questions based on our values to see if the candidate would be a good fit in our organization. Those candidates move on to an interview with a manager. The manager identifies competencies that are key to the …

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Taking Steps Can Lead to Great Strides When it Comes to Total Health and Well-Being

Health and Wellness

I am sure many of us have all heard or been told about how important physical activity is when it comes to our physical health, however, many people may not know just the important factors it can play when it comes to our overall well-being . In April of 2016, the Arc embarked on our first walking program. It was a campaign aimed to kick off the American Heart Association’s National Start Walking Day. The goal was to not just to make it a day of walking, but a season of walking and exploring the Monroe County area together. Staff, …

Instrument Drive

Instrument Drive

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Here at the Arc of Monroe, we currently have a couple of great music-based initiatives going on. Our very exciting, very first annual ArcBeat Music Festival will be taking place on June 15th at the Penfield Amphitheater (for more information click HERE), and you may have noticed that admission is FREE when you donate a new or gently used instrument. That’s because we are also currently hosting our first instrument drive to benefit the Arc’s music programs, and we hope you will be a part of both! At the Arc, we have two main music programs that help enrich the …