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!

Guardianship Coordinator

From Direct Support to Guardianship

Staff Perspectives

Terri Lazeski has a long history of helping people. Some of her first experiences include taking care of a boy who had a feeding tube and working at a summer camp for children with disabilities while she was in high school. She graduated with a degree in education and learning disabilities and started her career at the Arc of Monroe at our Clover Hills house in a direct support role. This was her first full time job in the field.  She worked at this location for a year and then moved to Lambert (formerly Crittenden) as a Team Leader, working …

Lunch & Learn for Care Coordinators

Lunch & Learn for Care Coordinators: Guardianship

Topic: Guardianship – Review of End of Life Planning and Requirements   Training synopsis: At this learning workshop, we will explore how Guardianship Advocates become a part of a person’s life to support them in making important decisions in the areas of medical care, legal matters and finances, and what requirements there are for both people who are part of the program and their advocates.   Presenter: Shelley VanLare, The Arc of Monroe’s Director of Guardianship – Per Diem & Nurse Educator   Where: 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd. 14623   When: Friday Oct. 18th from noon-1pm   RSVP: Reserve …

Arc of Monroe Awarded $215,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

What's In The News

Arc of Monroe Awarded $215,000 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services To support guardianship and new recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Monroe County. Rochester, NY – The Arc of Monroe, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Monroe County, has been awarded $215,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support the Arc of Monroe’s guardianship and recreation programs. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities while enabling people to maintain eligibility for public benefits programs, such as Medicaid …


Ken’s Choice

Programs and Services

Ken Marshall is a very friendly and personable 70 year old man living with a disability in Fairport, NY.  Prior to living in his current home, Ken lived with his wife of 20 years in various supportive apartments in Rochester and working a variety of jobs in the community through sheltered employment services.  Ken has always taken pride in his ability to be on his own with support.  He has had no contact with family for a long while, but over the years has developed relationships with close friends he considers family. Ken’s choice Several years after Ken’s wife passed, …

Guardianship: What is it?

Programs and Services

The Arc of Monroe is Primary Guardian for over 30 people, most of whom live in our residential homes!  We are the second largest Arc Guardianship program in NYS, second only to Westchester County.  Our Guardianship program is used a a model program with other Arc chapters.  New Guardianship advocates from across the state are sent to us for mentoring which is a huge compliment. When some people think about people with disabilities having a Guardian, they many times picture mom and dad having “control” over their son or daughter’s lives.  This is NOT what Arc Guardianships are all about. The …