Benjamin Doan Awarded Employee of the Month at Mission BBQ

Stories Of People We Support

Ben Doan grew up learning the value of hard work on his family’s bee farm. His drive and dedication to do good work spilled over into his search for a job outside of his beekeeping duties. After recruiting the help of an Employment Specialist from Job Path, Ben successfully started a new job as a dishwasher at Mission BBQ in Henrietta. Ally Levy, an Employment Specialist at Job Path, will be the first to sing Ben’s praises. She’s had the pleasure of working alongside Ben since the beginning of his time with Job Path. From the first day they talked …

Community Connections to Project SEARCH: Cedric Burton’s Transition

Stories Of People We Support

Empowering people to achieve their goals and thrive in their communities is The Arc of Monroe’s primary mission. It’s always incredibly rewarding for staff to watch people they support work hard and see their dreams come to fruition. Cedric Burton is one of those people. Cedric knew that he wanted a job someday. As he explored job readiness services, he started attending Community Connections, a program at The Arc of Monroe that allowed him to volunteer with his peers, as well as receive classroom instruction centered on gaining various job skills. “We do a mixture of volunteering and core room. …

Ruth Roberts Shows Continual Support After Hours

Stories Of People We Support

Ruth Roberts has been participating in the ArcWorks Community Prevocational volunteer group since January 2022. Roberts works closely with the Ronald McDonald House Charities where she takes time out of her day to help buy snacks and prepare them into snack bags. Snack bags include items such as granola bars, pudding cups, trail mix, and crackers. These snack bags are available all day for families who have loved ones receiving services at Strong Hospital. Roberts loves giving back to the community and feels that it is her responsibility as a Christian woman. “I’m Christian, and we believe it’s good to …

Understanding The Intersection of Black & Disability History

Advocacy, Stories Of People We Support

For decades, civil rights advocates have led the way in creating meaningful change in American society for many diverse groups of people. As the Civil Rights Movement picked up momentum across the United States in the mid-1900’s, the Disability Rights Movement mirrored many of the same efforts, creating an overlap in advocacy for both populations. Generations of Black people and people with disabilities were treated in horrific ways throughout our nation’s history. In order to help create a more welcoming, kind community, self-advocates and supporting staff of Arc Alliance – a self-advocacy group organized by The Arc of Monroe – …

Snow Much Fun with Ballantyne!

Stories Of People We Support

Ballantyne Day Services had snow much fun taking advantage of this winter weather! Staff treated everyone to hot cocoa, games at the lodge and sledding at Harris Whalen Park for a fun outing. Ballantyne Day Services is designed to support the specific needs of aging adults, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit

Decking the Halls at Ballantyne Day Services!

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

We decked the halls at Ballantyne Day Services this week with dancing, a bell choir, and a visit from the big guy himself, Santa Claus! . We designed Ballantyne to support the specific needs of aging adults, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit Check out the photos from our 2021 Celebration:

Guardianship Program Celebrates the Holidays

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

This week we celebrated the holidays in style with a festive lunch with delicious food and loads of gifts, presented by The Arc of Monroe’s Guardianship Committee! Each guest was given a bag of gifts, each personally chosen just for them! The Arc’s Guardianship Advocates become a part of a person’s life, listening to their wishes and needs, and supporting them with decision-making in the areas of medical care, finances, personal life decisions and many other areas. For more information, visit Check out the photos from our 2021 Holiday Luncheon!

Arc of Monroe Dedicates Residential Home

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Living in a safe, comfortable home is fundamental to the well-being of all people. That is especially true for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for whom it is essential to provide the right environment to encourage independence. Our newest residence on Willowen Drive in Irondequoit is the perfect location for people we support to reach their full potential as a part of our community. This beautiful ranch is equipped to meet the needs of six people who benefit from living on one floor and in a quiet neighborhood. To celebrate the opening, staff, residents, neighbors, board members and supporters …

Summer and Fall Fests Celebrate The Arc!

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Did you get a chance to take part in any of the Summer or Fall Fests happening around The Arc over the past few months? The fun kicked off with Summerfest at ArcWorks, then there was a medieval theme festival at Lambert/Community Connections. Fairport Day Services was full-on country western, while Community Arts Connection celebrated “Music Genres thru the Ages.” The fun kept coming as Ballantyne celebrated with a Halloween theme! You can see a few of the photos here, but follow The Arc’s Facebook page at to see ALL the fun!  

Clover Crew Holds Family and Friends BBQ

Employment, Staff Perspectives, Stories Of People We Support, What's In The News

By Chigozie Onwubalili, Clover Hills Residence Manager On August 21, 2021 the individuals supported and the entire team at Clover Hills (Clover Crew) had a Family and Friends BBQ. It was a wonderful opportunity to live the agency’s core value of camaraderie. Both the individuals and their families, together with the entire staff and their families met, socialized and established rapport. The day was colorful and bright. Although everyone was treading with caution as we all made safety a priority by social-distancing and mask wearing as much as possible, the event/day was filled with a sense of relief and freedom …