A good job

Stories Of People We Support

Meet Mike Kirchoff who started his job at ArcWorks, a division of the Arc of Monroe, twenty years ago.  ArcWorks is the contract manufacturing facility on Lyell Avenue in Rochester, NY. A typical day Mike works on the operations floor in assembly.  He works full time Monday through Friday.  A typical day starts at 8:30a when he arrives on the operations floor.  He is hands-on until 10a when he joins a group of colleagues who volunteer locally, cook together, or visit a park.  Mike is back out on the floor after lunch from 12:30 to 3:30. Recently ArcWorks was contracted to …

Amanda’s Love for Life

Stories Of People We Support

Amanda Vito is someone you should know.  She has been enrolled in services at the Arc of Monroe for fourteen years!  She is involved with Community Arts Connection, Job Path, Special Olympics and is employed at the Bay View YMCA.  Amanda leads her life with a smile on her face, lighting up any room she’s in. Day Services Community Arts Connection allows Amanda personal expression through the arts.  She enjoys creating watercolors and pastels, with a particular focus on flowers which she was inspired to paint after a trip to Hawaii with her family.  You will find many of her …

Marcus, Employment and NDEAM

Stories Of People We Support

In honor of  NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) we introduce Marcus who is employed at Hart’s Local Grocers in Rochester, NY. What is NDEAM? NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. On the job On his first day of work Marcus remarks that everyone at Hart’s was very welcoming and says they treat him like family. A Job Coach or Employment Specialist, like Ashley, from Job Path will help with job hunting, resume writing, and interview skills.  Ashley helped Marcus find a job that …

Linda and Alex

Camaraderie in the Workplace

Employment

As an Assembly Operator I work side by side with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Working alongside people with disabilities has shown me what simple kindness is. Inclusion and Disabilities in the Workplace Over the years I’ve been here I have seen so many wonderful relationships bloom between co-workers with and without disabilities. We aren’t just co-workers we are friends. Simple Kindness While I was working with Alex he showed me kindness. Alex and I had been discussing when our birthdays were and mine was coming up very soon.  Alex takes the RTS Bus to work every day …