Recognizing and Responding to Trauma

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

When you think about the signs of trauma, what do you imagine? Most people will think of someone curled up in a ball, alone, in a dark room, but that is more of a stereotype than reality. There are many signs and symptoms of trauma that are more subtle and you can be struggling with the effects of trauma without even realizing they are occurring. Because trauma can occur anytime our experience overwhelms our ability to cope you may even notice something is off but associate a trauma symptom with some other problem. Some outwardly obvious signs of trauma can …

Annual Awards Celebration Held in June

Programs and Services

This year’s 2021 Annual Business Meeting was a wonderful celebration held this June to honor four people that who have shown exceptional dedication and excellence at The Arc of Monroe. Held at the RIT Inn & Conference Center, four awards were presented, including the Weckesser Award, Walsh Award, Roger J. Robach Award and Robert & Winifred Wagner Award. Weckesser Award In 1998, The Weckesser Family established the Weckesser Award as a means to honor an individual who receives services at The Arc of Monroe. Nominees included Clyde Tisdale and Sue Wheeler, while this year’s winner was Dorothy Gilvens. Dorothy was …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you want to love what you do? Then maybe a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 reasons Executive Assistant Pam Furr has continued working at The Arc of Monroe for over 25 years. I Love Many Things about working at The Arc of Monroe Usually when someone is asked why they love working at The Arc, including myself, many people would say it’s the people we support, along with our co-workers, which is true. …

Juneteenth flag

Juneteenth Resources and Events

Staff Perspectives

Juneteenth It is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19th (the name is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”) On June 19th, 1865, the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas and informed enslaved people that the Civil War had ended and slavery had been abolished. Union soldiers were there to enforce President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had actually gone into effect more than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863. (In fact, Lincoln himself had been assassinated a …

Daniele Migliore

Trauma Touches Everyone

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

When we think of trauma, we think of the death of a loved one, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, war-related trauma or life altering illness/accidents. Trauma can also be triggered by those events that may not be typically seen as “traumatic” such as job loss, loss of friendship/relationship, financial struggles, death of a pet, bullying/harassment, natural disasters and as we have recently experienced, a pandemic such as COVID-19. Trauma can be caused by a single event or series of events, set of circumstances or chronic condition that a person experiences that is physically or emotionally harmful and may have …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Work is work, after all. Do you really need to love what you do? Yes. You do. Perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 of the reasons Direct Support Professional Kayia Phipps says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding.   I Love Working at The Arc! I love working at The Arc because not only do we assist the people we support and help them reach their goals, they teach us things as well. My …

emily uses speech generating devices to communicate

A Pandemic Success Story

Health and Wellness, Programs and Services, Staff Perspectives, Stories Of People We Support

In honor of Better Speech & Language Month, The Arc of Monroe is highlighting Emily and her Speech-Language Pathologist Mary Klimek, M.S., CCC-SLP.  Emily is a nonverbal communicator who uses sign language, gestures, and a speech generating device (SGD) to communicate her wants and needs and engage socially with others. Prior to the pandemic, I saw Emily once a week for therapy during day-program where we worked on expressive communication skills such as learning core word vocabulary and associating picture-symbols with meanings, specifically starting with core words “go” and “want.” During therapy sessions she had a difficult time attending to …

College student Jon Sutherland interned at The Arc's Marketing office

St. John Fisher Student Reflects on Arc Internship

Staff Perspectives, Volunteer

Jon Sutherland, a St. John Fisher College student majoring in interactive media, interned with the marketing and communications team this spring at The Arc. Here he shares his reflections on what he learned and the projects he created while working with us. My internship at The Arc of Monroe may be finished but I can only say positive things about my experience working there. I enjoyed every minute working as a Marketing and Communications intern and have learned so much. My focus for my internship was film/photography and video editing. During my time at The Arc of Monroe, I was …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you want to love what you do? Then maybe a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 reasons MCC Experience Program Manager Michelle Frisbee loves working at The Arc of Monroe. We Strive to Improve I love that the mission and vision The Arc of Monroe is carried out and emphasized on a daily basis. The leadership team is always looking for ways to improve the lives on the individuals we support and are always willing …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you love what you do? If not, perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 of the reasons Nurse Educator Amanda Crandall says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding. A Warm Welcome is Always Waiting for Me As a Residential RN I loved getting to know the people that we support. No matter what kind of day I was having there was always a warm welcome waiting for me. Now as the Nurse …