Internship

My internship experience as someone with Autism

Employment

Hello, my name is Nicholas Forgue. I’m an aspiring film maker and have been a marketing intern at the Arc of Monroe for over half a year. If the incredibly stiff and robotic writing style wasn’t enough to tip you off, I am autistic. In fact, one of the reasons that I was interested in an internship with the Arc was its’ dedication to providing care and services to neurodivergents; a group which is either looked down upon or ignored. I’m very passionate about social justice, particularly when it comes to the protection and equal treatment of neurodivergent individuals. My …

Who is supporting you while you support others?

Health and Wellness

Many of us are drawn by the need to support other people. But are we caring for ourselves? Burnout and fatigue leave us exhausted. Coffee and energy drinks leave us with a mid-day slump. So what can we do to help recharge our batteries and fill up our cup? Self Care… can help you get you battle the burnout and fatigue. is about more than a spa day or shopping trip. can be defined as any deliberate action you take to support your mental, physical, and emotional health. includes getting enough sleep and fueling your body with healthy foods. includes …

Staying healthy this holiday season

Uncategorized

Arc Alive, our wellness committee, offers ways to stay healthy and well during the holiday season. Find time for fitness FITON is free app that I downloaded on my phone and it has access to so many workouts, stretches and simple exercises- and did I mention it’s free?! The best part is you can chose the amount of time you have to exercise (the first one I did was only 10 minutes), the type of workout and your level of intensity.  You can pull the workout video on your phone and instantly have a great trainer encouraging you along. It’s …

Blog writer

Dealing with grief this holiday season

Staff Perspectives

The holidays are such a joyous time and we have to remember that it isn’t always joyous for everyone. I lost my mom a little over a year ago and it is still a hard thing to grasp around my head.  Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time. But the holiday season can magnify your sense of loss and mourning. Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one. At the same time, they can also be comforting rituals where you spend time with …

A career in Human Services

Staff Perspectives

Jeanette Dohner is currently employed at Ballantyne as a Team Leader and has been employed at the Arc of Monroe for 24 years! Starting at the Penfield house doing overnights then moving to a more traditional schedule. She even helped coordinate the house’s vacations. Jeanette eventually went back to school at MCC and Brockport where she earned an AAS in Human Services, a minor in Geriatrics, and started working on a BA in Recreation.  After this she began her role as Medical Liaison for three years. After being stricken with cancer she dropped down to a direct support position. Later …

ArcWorks, Contract Manufacturing

ArcWorks integrating people with disabilities into the workforce

Programs and Services

By: Velvet Spicer November 27, 2019 published in the Rochester Business Journal. In 2017, just 6 percent of Monroe County’s more than 57,000 disabled residents were employed, and of the nearly 20,000 total individuals unemployed in the county that year, some 19 percent were people with disabilities. ArcWorks, a program of the Arc of Monroe, is looking to improve that. “We’re an integrated contract manufacturer that employs assembly operators and individuals with disabilities,” said ArcWorks’ business development manager Melissa Mayo. “Many people who come in to take a tour, I don’t know what their thoughts were in the past, but when they …

Clinic Manager appreciates colleagues

Staff Perspectives

Terra Heigl’s first job after graduating college in 1985 was as a Residential Manager with the Arc of Monroe, supporting people living at the Gorsline residence run by our agency. After almost four years in that position she transitioned to be Vocational Counselor at the Ridge Center sheltered employment program. Always desiring to do more, she made the move to our Article 16 Clinic as a Rehabilitation Counselor, and was in that position for close to 20 years.  At the clinic she was also a Treatment Coordinator for five years, and in February 2019 received a promotion to Clinic Manager. …

Employment

37 years at the Arc of Monroe

Staff Perspectives

Pam Furr is a wealth of knowledge having worn many hats over the 37 years she’s worked for the Arc of Monroe. This means she has seen the agency grow over time, along with the people we support.  She truly admires the mission of the agency and how it serves our community. In her very first position in the Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation department she met a lot of people and enjoyed how they would often stop by to say hello. Her small department had fun and laughed a lot. Over the years Pam has enjoyed her colleagues, supervisors, and teams …

Paul and Carol

Dreams really do come true

Staff Perspectives

As children, we grow up with goals and dreams, not knowing anything about where life’s path might take us, but excited for the journey.  Traditionally, for some, the dream is to be a pro-athlete, invent something or travel the world, for others to be a doctor or a lawyer, or to own a business of their own. As we get older, moving through realities and obstacles, we come head to head with challenges that can make achieving those goals and dreams more difficult than we might have ever imagined.  We find support from family and friends, mentors and teachers and …

College Experience

My college experience

Stories Of People We Support

To support services like these please consider making a donation. MCC Highlight By: Tori Campbell Hi my name is Victoria Campbell. I am one of the Pathways students though the Arc of Monroe. I am starting my first Pathways semester this semester. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, my day starts off with meeting Molly, one of the Arc staff, at the Transit Center. We meet at Gate 11 and then take Bus 55 to the Brighton MCC campus. I have an 8:00am class it’s called COS (College Orientation and Success Strategies) 133 which is required for entering college students. After …