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ArcWorks Program offers Valuable Employment Readiness Skills

Employment, Programs and Services

Developing job skills and employment readiness proficiencies is important in order to successfully secure paid employment in the community. The ArcWorks program at The Arc of Monroe helps with that. ArcWorks is an integrated manufacturing business offering pre-vocational services to prepare people to gain employment readiness skills through a combination of classroom learning and paid work activities. Wendy Amering, Director of Arcworks Programs and Services, says the ArcWorks staff works diligently to provide services that are going to enhance current skills and abilities of the people we support. “We’re helping people become independent in work skills so they can work in …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: “A Mission of Heart”

Advocacy, Staff Perspectives

As Black History Month comes to a close, I reflect on the year that we have experienced and the way in which America has been educated on the experiences of those from marginalized groups. While this “awakening” has been important to the evolution of our life, the work of growth has truly just begun. This work and growth can be uncomfortable. It can be hard to accept that life has not been equitable to others, or that some have experienced privilege. I have found that many people get hung up on the term “privilege.” Privilege is often invisible to those that …

Pre-vocational College Student Lands Therapy Dog Internship

COVID-19, Health and Wellness, Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Morgan is a freshman in the LifePrep@Naz program. She showed up day one ready to hit the ground running! But with Covid restrictions, the program wasn’t allowed to send the students on internships last semester. However, this semester, Morgan has been chosen to start a 4-year long internship. Morgan will be working with an Occupational Therapy Professor, who has a therapy dog on campus. Morgan is a huge dog lover so this is perfect for her! She will be taking the therapy dog from an office, walk her around campus and allow her to interact with college students on campus. …

Do What You Love

Employment, Staff Perspectives

5 Reasons to Work at The Arc of Monroe Do you love your job? It seems like a simple question. But for many, the answer is a resounding “no.” Perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 5 of the reasons to consider working at The Arc of Monroe and turn a job into a passion. You get to help others Knowing that you have the opportunity to make a difference to someone else’s life can be extremely fulfilling. Everyone who works at The Arc is here for a similar reason – we want to …

Carol DeMoulin of The Arc Foundation of Monroe Announces Transition to Retirement

Employment, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized, What's In The News

Carol DeMoulin, the Executive Director of The Arc Foundation of Monroe, recently announced her plan to start a transition to retirement. Since starting her role as Executive Director in November of 2018, The Arc Foundation of Monroe has raised nearly $1.5 million to help fulfill The Arc’s mission and uphold its core values. Leading this charge, she acknowledges the “strong and mighty” team from the Foundation and Marketing department who have helped drive this success. “The Arc Foundation is solid and stable,” said Tracy Petrichick, CFO and acting CEO, The Arc of Monroe. “We had great success in 2020 despite …

DSP Credentialing Can Lead to Career Advancement

Taking the Role of DSP to the Next Level

Employment, Programs and Services, Staff Perspectives

Maxine Bostick started her career at The Arc of Monroe as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) five years ago. She recognized the career advancement opportunities provided to her and took advantage of hem. In 2020, Maxine completed the DSP credentialing certification, allowing her the opportunity to grow even more in her role. She is now a leader, inspiring other to achieve excellence in her role as a Residential Manager for The Arc. “The opportunity for the growth at The Arc of Monroe is an opportunity for someone to not only see their work here as a job, but a future …

LifePrep@Naz Employment Readiness Program May be Perfect “Next Step”

Uncategorized

Transitioning from high school to the “next step” can be an exciting time in a young person’s life. It can also come with a lot of questions and unknowns about where to begin. The LifePrep@Naz might be that perfect next step. The design of the LifePrep@Naz program stems from the overall goal of providing individuals with disabilities, of typical college age, a similar-aged learning community that allows for the transformation from high school students to self-determined and competitively employed contributors in our society. The program is designed to prepare students for success, not only in the classroom, but also at …

Looking Forward to the Next Adventure

Uncategorized

When Barbara Wale finishes her tenure at The Arc of Monroe at the end of this month, she will have spent over 40 years working in the field of disability and human services with a professional record that boasts extraordinary contributions to the field. Wale has dedicated her life and her career in service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Remarkably, all of those years have been with The Arc of Monroe, where she started in 1978 as a speech pathologist. Five years later, she was promoted to Director of Clinical Services and in only one year, became Director …

Staying Connected During a Time of Isolation

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

This past weekend, my husband and I sat on the couch as we watched a documentary on Netflix. A scene showed a room full of people at a party, all shaking hands and embracing. I turned to him and said, “Remember when we used to be able to shake hands with people?” We both gave a half-hearted laugh, even though neither of us thought it was very funny. While this past year has been extremely difficult, it seems that most of us are feeling the impact of social isolation even more now that the holiday season has arrived. This is …

Arc of Monroe Awarded $207,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

Programs and Services

The Arc of Monroe has been awarded $207,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support the Arc of Monroe’s guardianship and recreation programs. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities while enabling people to maintain eligibility for public benefits programs, such as Medicaid and SSI. This year, The Arc of Monroe received $195,000 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate.  Supported by Chapter staff and community volunteers, …