Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Senior Director of Programs, Services and Housing Development

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Neil Cavalieri, The Arc of Monroe’s new Senior Director of Programs, Services and Housing Development! Neil comes to The Arc with seven years of experience in the disability field, including working as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Residential Habilitation Counselor, as well as in residential management, community habilitation, and fiscal intermediary services. He also worked for three years in senior care overseeing both private pay and affordable housing. One of the priorities that The Arc of Monroe and other disability service providers currently have is finding and/or creating accessible housing for people to age in place well. …

Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Director of Community Services

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Don Sinton, The Arc of Monroe’s new Director of Community Services! Don comes to The Arc with more than two decades of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), both in the Binghamton and Rochester areas. For more than 20 years, Don worked at Stepping Stone Learning Center, an inclusive program for kids with and without disabilities in integrated classrooms. Don’s experience in the IDD field mostly comes from working with young children and teens up to 21 years of age. “In this position, I am looking forward to managing the people within it and …

Fairport Day Services Welcomes New Director

Staff Perspectives

Welcome to Dyanna Gregory, The Arc of Monroe’s new Director of Fairport Day Services! Dyanna joins the team with more than a decade of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Dyanna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Service Counseling. She previously worked as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Lifetime Assistance Inc. here in the Rochester area, a Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC), and a Program Coordinator at a day habilitation program in the Bronx. After taking some time to stay home with her kids, Dyanna says she is …

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. …

David Dean Joins Arc of Monroe as Senior Director of Community Services

Staff Perspectives

David Dean has officially started his new role as Senior Director of Community Services at The Arc of Monroe. He joins the agency with a wealth of experience in the IDD and Mental Health fields and has been leading diverse teams for many years. Since 2007, Dave has worked at Easterseals New Jersey where he provided oversight to the organization’s mental health case management, supportive housing, and day habilitation programs. He also has previous experience as a clinical coordinator and overseeing homeless services. “I wanted to work with The Arc of Monroe because of the extensive array of services The …

Peggy Robinson Joins Arc of Monroe as Talent Acquisition Specialist

Staff Perspectives

Peggy Robinson joined The Arc of Monroe team in March as a Talent Acquisition Specialist to recruit direct support professionals across the agency, as well as help with other tasks within the human resources department. She comes into this new role with more than 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in the HR field. Prior to her role at The Arc of Monroe, Peggy was employed in the HR department at Anthony Jordan Health Corporation and the Rochester City School District. Peggy earned both a Bachelors Degree in General Business and an Masters Degree in Human Resources …

Arc of Monroe End of Life Committee Offers Support for Caregivers

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

Written by Sue Sproule, Director of Nursing at The Arc of Monroe End of Life – What does it mean to the caregiver? Even when you know the end of life is approaching for someone you support, you might not feel prepared. Looking after a person who is dying can be very stressful. It’s common to feel like you don’t know what to do, what to say or how to cope. You might feel angry, sad or totally unprepared. You could also feel frightened about how it will happen and if you will be able to cope. However, once you …

The Arc of Monroe Forms New End of Life Committee

Health and Wellness, Programs and Services, Staff Perspectives

Written by Sue Sproule, Director of Nursing The Arc of Monroe nursing team works hard to best serve our staff and the people we support. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, the team ran 990 medical appointments for the people we support. Our latest endeavor is to develop an “End of Life” committee. What does end of life mean? I asked a few people who are on the committee, and this is what they shared: “Doing it my way. Living every day, including the last days of my life in comfort, support, and dignity where I want and with …

The Arc Foundation of Monroe Welcomes New Board of Directors Chair

Arc Foundation of Monroe

Since its inception, The Arc Foundation of Monroe has continually expanded in innovative ways to meet the needs of people supported and employed by The Arc of Monroe. A large part of the Foundation’s success has been due to its engaged board members. For the last three years, Lisa Powers has graciously led as the Foundation’s Board Chair. Shortly after Lisa moved back to Rochester in 1999, she began working with a family who had a son with Down syndrome. As she continued her law career working with this family, she developed an affinity for people who had disabilities and …

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 – …