Let’s Talk – What if a Conversation could lead to the Career of a Lifetime?

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Let’s Talk – What if a Conversation could lead to the Career of a Lifetime? A Q and A with Trish Wise, Human Resources Recruiter At The Arc of Monroe, every employee counts. And YOU may be just what we’re looking for. We all need the support of others, but it takes an extraordinary person to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As an employee with The Arc of Monroe, you’ll be one of those extraordinary people, making a difference with a career that is more than just a job. What are you like as a person? What motivates …

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How do we turn INvalidation into VALIDATION?

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

Consider the following interaction: You: “I am just SO overwhelmed…there is so much to keep track of, so much to do and I’m just exhausted.” Them: “You think you’ve got it bad? Let me tell you…” Or… “It’s not really that bad, everyone is struggling.” Or… “Same…welcome to my life!” Or… “Well, at least you still have a job.” Life has been hard the past year, and while it has been a situation that really everyone has been experiencing, it doesn’t mean that it’s the same for each person, nor does it mean we can just dismiss someone else’s feelings …

An Interview with Winner Vanessa Fortin

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

This month the Rochester Business Journal announced their Health Care Heroes awards, and for the third consecutive year, a staff member at The Arc of Monroe has been recognized. Vanessa Fortin, RN and RN Coordinator was honored in the Special Needs category. The awards recognize excellence, promote innovation and honor the efforts of organizations and individuals making a significant impact on the quality of health care in the Rochester area. Vanessa and all the winners will be honored during a virtual celebration at noon on Tuesday, May 11. Let’s meet Vanessa: I am humbled to have been nominated for the …

A Heartfelt Message from The Arc of Monroe

COVID-19, Staff Perspectives

A Heartfelt Message from The Arc of Monroe: It has been a year since the first reported case of COVID-19, and throughout these past twelve months, we have persevered even though they have been stressful and traumatic. Many of us have mourned the loss of loved ones, loved ones contracting the virus, remote learning. We have worked through the challenge of how best to care for children, elderly parents, friends, neighbors and the health of our community. We will be forever changed by this collective experience, and I believe we will emerge with a different perspective in critical areas, including …

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? 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 Employment Specialist Katie Wooton says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding. Getting to Help People I love working for the Arc because I get to help people become more independent. In many cases, I support people in finding their very first jobs and it is so rewarding …

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 …

Do What You Love – 5 Reasons to Work at The Arc of Monroe

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 …

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 …