Celebrating Nurses at The Arc of Monroe

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

The observance of Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing – Florence Nightingale. I am a bit partial, but just one week doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to express our gratitude for the selfless nurses in our lives and let them know just how much we appreciate their caring and gentle nature. But hey, it’s a start! Below are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day: Advocate with health care providers and others involved in an …

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 …

“In A Different Key” Free Movie Premiere

April is Autism Awareness Month and to mark the occasion, The Arc of Monroe and AutismUp will present a free screening of “In A Different Key.” The event is generously sponsored by Dixon Schwabl and Company. DATE: Thursday, April 28 TIME: Doors open at 5:45 pm with film screening at 6 pm LOCATION: The Theater At Innovation Square, 131 Chestnut St, Rochester. COST: Tickets are free, but you must have one to attend the event. OPTIONAL VIP RECEPTION: $20 per person, 5 to 5:45 pm “In A Different Key” is the highly anticipated documentary about the history of autism and …

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 …

Arc of Monroe Job Fair

Join us on Saturday, March 19 at The Arc of Monroe’s Lambert Day Services to explore career opportunities at The Arc of Monroe! Meet with members of our team and find out more about our open positions, including residential managers and supervisors, Direct Support Professionals, drivers, employment specialists, LPN’s, maintenance staff and social workers. Many of our open positions also include generous sign-on bonuses: Direct Support Professional – $1,000 for Full-time; $500 for Part-time Employment Specialist 1 & 2 – $1,000 LPN – $1,000 Social Worker – $1,000 Vehicle Operator – $2,000 for Full-time; $1,000 for Part-time Saturday, March 19 9 …

Identifying Aspiration Pneumonia

Health and Wellness

Have you ever experienced a meal where something “went down the wrong pipe”? If so, you’ve experienced what’s known as aspiration. This is a fairly common occurrence that can occasionally lead to aspiration pneumonia when someone can’t cough up whatever has entered his or her airways. Pneumonia is a breathing condition in which there is inflammation (swelling) or an infection of the lungs or large airways. Aspiration pneumonia occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, instead of being swallowed into the esophagus and stomach. As you can imagine, aspirating …