Nature’s Pharmacy

Health and Wellness

Health Tips Nature’s Pharmacy Nature provides us with so many wonderful things, but how often do we think about the foods that Nature gives us and what they do for us?  There are actually so many clues that tell us how these foods (especially when eaten in raw form) help different parts of our body! Look at this carrot slice!  It literally looks just like the human eye!  We all know that carrots are great for our eye sight by increasing blood flow to the eye!!!         Your heart has four chambers – the left and right …

Residential housing opportunities

Programs and Services

The Arc of Monroe offers great opportunities for people who are looking for a more independent housing opportunity. Both options provide a supported apartment setting where people can make friends, form a supportive community, and work towards living more independently. Supported Apartments at Fernwood Fernwood Apartments is a great option for people who are working towards living independently in the community. The apartments are in Irondequoit area and is on a bus line. It provides on-site staff support from 6am to 10pm daily, and there is a 24 hour manager on call to support as needed. The staff support with …

Human Resources

From Direct Support to Human Resources

Staff Perspectives

Completely by happenstance in college Michelle Bubel-Kempa had an internship in the human services field and fell in love with it.  She went on to graduate from college with a degree in human services. Started began her career as a Direct Support Professional and was involved in opening Ward Hill and also worked at Clover Hills when that opened. Based on experience she was promoted to Residence Manager soon thereafter. Career opportunity and advancement Her next step was to transition to the Recreation Department in Lambert.  It was in this position that she gained a lot of skills and confidence …

Trauma informed care

Health and Wellness

We are a trauma informed agency Until recently trauma informed care did not focus on people with developmental disabilities but that is rapidly changing. The Arc of Monroe is taking a leadership position on this initiative and we are part of a collaborative team across the county. This model of care is very much in alignment with our core values. Did you know? People with Developmental Disabilities are 4X more likely to be exposed to trauma than those without disabilities Studies indicate that up 80% of women with disabilities may have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives …

Employment Specialist

Job Path employee celebrates 29 years

Staff Perspectives

Debra Stauber started working at the Arc of Monroe in 1990 after graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport.  As a Vocational Evaluator and Employment Specialist she was out in the community every day coaching people at their jobs, performing evaluations and assessments, and doing job development. Debra was recently promoted to Employment Specialist with Adult Project SEARCH. In her tenure Debra has moved between positions at the agency about which she says, “I look for opportunities to build new skill sets.” While learning new skills she still enjoys being out in the field and meeting new people. Over …

Council on Quality and Leadership Accreditation

Arc of Monroe achieves CQL person-centered excellence accreditation

What's In The News

Arc of Monroe received Person Centered Excellence Accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership for the second time. While all agencies in New York State are required to maintain minimal standards in order to provide services to persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), the Arc of Monroe has again been recognized as being an agency which provides Person Centered Excellence by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). CQL’s Accreditation approach is about being on a journey toward ongoing organizational transformation and continuous improvement. It is about choosing the right path and making measurable progress. “It is so …

Ellen’s success after Adult Project SEARCH

Family Perspectives

Our daughter, Ellen, attended Adult Project Search.  Upon graduation she was hired by the Courtyard Marriott: Jeff Shutt and Ashley Fedunyszyn are her managers.  She, the Courtyard team, and her fabulous job coach Shannon have really worked together to make Ellen’s employment successful, for the hotel and for her. Ellen works hard at Courtyard 2 days a week (6 hour shifts) and typically comes home exhausted.  Recently Ellen came home from work and showed us her employee name pin with the “2 years” and a wonderful card from Jeff congratulating her on her work anniversary.  She is so proud and …

Roc PrideAbility

Roc PrideAbility


My name is Dave, and I look forward to pride every year because I feel proud of who I am. Many years ago, it was hard for me to come out to my family. When I finally did, it took almost four months for them to accept me. During that time, there was nobody I could talk to about it and it felt weird. I was all alone. If there was someone I could talk to who was also going through what I went through, I wouldn’t have felt so alone. Being gay and having a disability made it especially hard …

Arc of Monroe Awarded $215,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

What's In The News

Arc of Monroe Awarded $215,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services To support guardianship and new recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Monroe County. Rochester, NY – The Arc of Monroe, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Monroe County, has been awarded $215,000 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 …

Board Member

Why I am a board member


The way I came to know the Arc and the Foundation is a bit different.  I was very close with my aunt who dedicated her professional life to working with individuals with disabilities.  Sadly, she passed away at a young age from breast cancer.  Joining the Arc team and the Foundation Board is my way to help in the field she loved so dearly and to continue her legacy. Working as an employee benefits consultant, I have the opportunity to meet many different people.  A few years ago I met Dave Rizzari.  We came to know each other and through …