Recognizing and Responding to Trauma

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

When you think about the signs of trauma, what do you imagine? Most people will think of someone curled up in a ball, alone, in a dark room, but that is more of a stereotype than reality. There are many signs and symptoms of trauma that are more subtle and you can be struggling with the effects of trauma without even realizing they are occurring. Because trauma can occur anytime our experience overwhelms our ability to cope you may even notice something is off but associate a trauma symptom with some other problem. Some outwardly obvious signs of trauma can …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

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 Direct Support Professional Kayia Phipps says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding.   I Love Working at The Arc! I love working at The Arc because not only do we assist the people we support and help them reach their goals, they teach us things as well. My …

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 …

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

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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

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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 …

A Match Made for the Holidays

Uncategorized, Volunteer, What's In The News

Doug Hoyt has wanted to illustrate books since he was a little kid. So when he got the opportunity to make his dream come true, he jumped at the chance. Hoyt has teamed up with Rochester broadcast legend Don Alhart to produce a holiday children’s book this season. The 13-WHAM anchor had his own dream – to create a holiday book about a nostalgic memory of his that centered on Sibley’s Toyland in downtown Rochester. “Sibley’s Christmas Adventure,” was a story Alhart had created about “Sibley,” a mouse on a magical Christmas adventure set on the fourth floor toy department …

A Toast to The Arc Family!

COVID-19, Programs and Services, Uncategorized, Volunteer

Wow, what a year this has been. Each and every one of our lives has been affected in different ways. We have also become unified in our determination to contain the spread of this virus. This could not be done without every single one of us, doing our parts, and extending ourselves even more than we thought we could. While drawing close to our loved ones at home, the staff at The Arc of Monroe left theirs to stand together with those we support in their homes. They became heroes overnight, doing everything they could to keep the people we …

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support, Uncategorized

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month During October, we are celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month and highlighting a few people we support who are employed through our Job Path program. First up, we highlight Steve Blum who works as a Lot Attendant at Home Depot where he’s been since 2002. Steve says he enjoys the job and his coworkers very much. He’s been working throughout the pandemic, thankful for the opportunity to keep patrons safe by sanitizing the Home Depot carts – something completely new for him. Now he’s used to it and enjoys keep the customers know the …

Sibley’s Christmas Adventure debuts from Don Alhart

Uncategorized, Volunteer, What's In The News

Before WHAM-TV, Channel 13 anchor Don Alhart rushed out to do the 11 p.m. news on October 3, he spent the evening with us at The Arc of Monroe’s annual celebration, A Toast to the Arc. We were thrilled to help him launch his first children’s book, “Sibley’s Christmas Adventure,” wonderfully illustrated by Doug Hoyt. Join “Sibley,” the mouse on a magical Christmas adventure set in Sibley’s Toyland in downtown Rochester. “Downtown Rochester was a special place during the holidays, and the fourth floor toy department at Sibley’s was the center of the universe for me.” All sales from Sibley’s …

How Do Our Brains Respond To Trauma?

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Our brains are amazing.  They are the control centers for our whole body, and they make us who we are.  But for some people, it can feel like they are fighting a constant battle with their brain.  People who have experienced trauma, such as violence, abuse, a serious injury or a natural disaster, are at risk for developing a condition called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD impacts the way in which a person’s brain functions. There are three specific areas of the brain that are impacted by traumatic events.  The first is called the amygdala.  The amygdala’s job is to …