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WINTER 2O1O

VOL. 1 NO. 2

Arc of Monroe

Doing the Right Thing

Ms. Rosa Peace Long is the 2010 winner of the Roger J. Robach Award. This award is given out to an employee of The Arc every year for exemplifying the admirable virtues and traits that made Assemblyman Robach's work legendary in the NYS Assembly. Rosa is an excellent role model for her dedication to the Mission, Vision and Core Values at The Arc. Rosa started working for The Arc over four years ago. She was first hired as an Individual Support Specialist at our Ballantyne Day Services location. Eight months later, Rosa moved into a position in our Residential Program. Today, Rosa is a Residential Manager at our Middle Road home.

A Big Change and a Big Move page 2

What's Inside

Gregory Street Blues Band Plays On page 3

Sharing some Arc Moments page 4-5

Getting Creative in Henrietta page 6

Rosa worked as an Assistant Manager at the East Henrietta House. While Rosa worked there, she worked very closely with the Residential Manager, Tanesha Lee. Rosa has great admiration for Tanesha. Rosa commented that, "Tanesha always told me, we are equals, we work together. Everything I know, I want you to know." This wonderful approach to a coworker worked to inspire Rosa to be her very best every day. Although Rosa does not work directly with Tanesha every day, Rosa still has a very close relationship with Tanesha and the utmost respect for her.

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When you meet Rosa, her charm and humility are intriguing. Rosa will credit where she is today to the fine mentors she has had throughout her career at The Arc. Rosa is a breath of fresh air because of her positive outlook in life and her love for what she does. Rosa can take an ordinary task and tell you about it with a sparkle in her eye, seeing through the task and making you feel her for helping individuals we serve, which is the most important part o her job. of prou The Arc is proud to call Rosa Peace-Long an employee, a Residential Manager, and most certainly a very deserving recipient for the Roger J. R Robach Award.

Rosa has three rules that she follows in al l that she does:

ROSA WAS PRESENTED WITH HER AWARD AT THE ARC'S ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING BY BARBARA WALE AND TERESA ROBACH.

1. Don't take thing s personally 2. Always put peop le first and the concerns of the family members. 3. Always think if th is was your family membe r, what would you do?

Vision Statement

The Arc of Monroe enables the individuals we serve to build relationships as part of the community and become as independent as possible. We develop our diverse staff and individuals we serve to take full advantage of their talents and abilities. We encourage families and friends to participate in the journey.

A Message From...

Barb Wale

PRESIDENT AND CEO

The Arc of Monroe County Board of Directors

HUSSAIN AHMED STUART BAKER SARAH BEISHEIM 1st Vice-Chairman DR. JAMES CAMPBELL ANDREW CLAUS 2nd Vice-Chairman THOMAS DOUGHTY WENDY FILIACI ELLEN PAPE GILMORE ERNEST HICKS Secretary DAVID IRISH JOSEPH KELLY ROBERT KLEINHANS JUDITH HOLENDER LOEB DANIELLE LYMAN DANIEL PHILLIPS DAVID RIZZARI KENNETH ROHR Treasurer BRIAN SAMPSON Chairman GINA WEAVER MAYTHORNE WINTERKORN MARY BETH WUNSCH Immediate Past Chairman

Brian Sampson

CHAIRMAN, THE ARC OF MONROE COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Similar to the changing of leaves and the season, The Arc is preparing for a big change and a big move --

and we are so excited to finally share it with all of you. The Arc's administrative services, Medicaid Services Coordination and ArcHealth Services are moving under one roof to a new community-based location at 2060 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road. Approved by our Board of Directors in 2007, this plan will unite all of these services and aid The Arc in establishing our own identity as an independent not-for-profit agency that works to serve the Rochester community. In the last issue of The Monarc, we shared The Arc's strategic plan which included new mission and vision statements, guiding principals and five core Arc values. The move we are preparing to make is strategic and falls in line with our mission and vision. Essentially, it is our vision in action. Our new space will be the home of 120 employees in one location, which is not possible on our current campus. It will house the administration teams, business office, clinical staff, Family Services, Human Resources, the James Mroczek Center, Residential, Service Coordination and Community Outreach and Enrollment.

The Arc Foundation of Monroe Board of Trustees

MICHELLE ASHBY STUART BAKER DANIEL BRYSON JEFF CALKINS JAMES CAMPBELL STEVE CHARTRAND DONNA DEDEE J. MICHAEL DEVORIA Treasurer STEVE DEWEY Chairman WARREN HASMAN ANASTASIA MEYER Vice Chairperson KEVIN MOMOT STEVE NEELIN Secretary DANIEL PHILLIPS DAVID RIZZARI BRIAN SAMPSON Chairman of the Board of Directors MIKE SCHWABL MARTIN STOWE

We remind you of our vision today as we take this step forward together.

The Arc of Monroe enables the individuals we serve to build relationships as part of the community and become as independent as possible. We develop our diverse staff and individuals we serve to take full advantage of their talents and abilities. We encourage families and friends to participate in the journey.

As we are an independent not-for-profit that relies on community and government support, it is vital that our donors, staff members, volunteers and the families we serve understand our levels of need and the services we provide. This move will help differentiate The Arc from other organizations, while benefiting our business plan. As we gear up and make the final transition to our new space, services and programs will not be disrupted and you will all receive further communication from us shortly. Once we are settled, we welcome visits from our friends and can't wait to share in this exciting time for The Arc with you!

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They're almost like any other Band

play the clarinet," he says. "I'm hoping J.P. can teach me." "J.P. is wonderful," says Ann Nelson, Jeffrey's mother. "He puts it all together and does it so naturally and so accepting. There's no rigidity. There's such a natural flow to it all. The band is a very freeing thing for all of them." The band is a part of The Arc's Community Arts Connection program. "All we had in the beginning was a piano, a small sound system and a few instruments," recalls J.P. Most importantly, the band had the backing of the Arc, giving J.P. the opportunity to recruit and develop the musicians into a cohesive unit. "People don't realize the potential these folks have," says J.P. "It's like a gold mine. They're special in so many ways." As they continue to work toward their full potential as musicians, the Gregory Street Blues Band has impacted its members in other ways. "I see changes in how they feel about themselves and how they carry themselves," says J.P. "I've seen behaviors dissipate and social skills increase. They take pride in their instruments, in their performance and in their own musical proficiency." After watching them play, it's easy to see they are friends enjoying making music together...like most other bands.

The Gregory Street Blues Band is like most other bands. They rehearse a few times a week. They could use some new instruments. They hope to put out a CD in a few years. They rented space for rehearsals when they started four years ago. And they love to play. "These guys are musicians, period," says J.P. Simpson, music director at The Arc. "We don't have any special approach here. "I push them and work them hard, but we have a lot of fun." Like any other band, the most fun is playing in front of others. The Gregory Street Blues Band has over 20 gigs a year, with some past highlights being Tom Golisano's birthday party, Hochstein Performance Hall, Hot Shots Indoor Volleyball Club, Nixon Peabody's law office, and the New York State Special Olympics closing ceremonies (in front of 3,000 people).

"They enjoy hearing the applause, they really come alive in front of an audience," says J.P. "They know people like them because they play well and that they're musicians, not because they have a disability. Instrumentally, they have developed a nice, legitimate sound."

bers, with up to seven performing at any one time. That includes three lead singers, three who play trombone, three who play the trumpet and a saxophonist. J.P., a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, plays keyboard and sings back-up vocals. Jeffrey Nelson plays the trumpet. He has been playing music since he was a child, starting with Suzuki violin lessons and then trumpet lessons at Allendale Columbia School. He learned to read music years ago and is one of the section leaders of the band. "One of my friends from church got me interested in playing the trumpet," says Jeffrey. "I really like the band, especially playing the gigs. And it's fun that we're all friends." Besides the trumpet, Jeffrey has played the flute, guitar, drums, piano and violin over the years. "I want to learn to

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The band has about 150 songs in its repertoire, mostly jazz standards and soft rock, and even a Rat Pack set featuring Sinatra classics. There are 14 band mem-

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Moments

Annual Business Meeting

Congratulations to

NICK COSTA, THE 2010 BUSINESS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AND PACTECH PACKAGING LLC, THE 2010 BUSINESS PARTNER OF THE YEAR.

TRACY PETRICHICK, COO, THE ARC OF MONROE COUNTY, NICK & JUDY COSTA MAUREEN HELLEMS, CFO, THE ARC OF MONROE COUNTY, BOBBY STROLLERY, & STEVE CHARTRAND, CEO, ARC FOUNDATION OF MONROE ANASTASIA MEYER, ARC FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER, BARBARA WALE, PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE ARC OF MONROE COUNTY, JUDY HOLENDER LOEB, THE ARC OF MONROE COUNTY BOARD MEMBER.

Arc Foundation's Day of Champions Golf Tournamen

RON & KELLY PALMER, AND ROB & GINNY CLARK ORIN STOWE, DAN BRYSON, CARL HOPFINGER AND STEVE DEWEY ROBERT CELEBRATING A HOLE IN ONE DAN & BERNIE

Next year's tournament is July 18th -- join us, and tee off for a great cause!

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2010 Staff Appreciation

KATHY MOYLAN, TAMMY REYNOLDS, PETER CUTULLE AND BARBARA WALE

STEPHANIE WELLS, KRISTIN DRADER, EILEEN LENHART, BARBARA WALE & WENDY DIVINCENZO

2010 RIT Enrichment

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RIT STUDENT, AMY BONNER TEACHING DANCE CLASS S

KELLY ARMBRUSTER AND TIM MOLLY RYAN AND CHARLES ES

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Creative Programming

Henrietta Day Services is one of our five Day Habilitation sites. Henrietta focuses specifically on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program has 11 individuals with very different personalities and needs. The staff at Henrietta Day Services is able to take on this task in a very creative way. There are 8 staff at the program, 6 of them are direct support professionals. When Stephanie Spring was asked, "What makes this team so creative?", the flood gates opened up. Stephanie spoke in detail about each of the 6 staff and the creative quality that they bring to this program. Gabe Morales is a Behavior Technician. Gabe is also very handy. Gabe will search on Craigslist and local Goodwill stores to find items that would appeal to the individuals we serve. Carmen Jones works with h the local firehouses to not only set up volunteer opportunities for the indiividuals we serve, but also to meet the desires of the individuals to be in the firehouse and see what really goes on there. Heather Wright will take on the challenge of putting tong gether cooking groups for the individuals to challenge them to learn new daily living skills and increase their independence. Lawrence Wingate and Osita Obieke are both the athletes of the group. They take the time to teach the individuals sports and come up with creative ways to make it work on our site. They are both determined to have the capability to play full

BACK (LEFT TO RIGHT): OSITA OBIEKE, LAWRENCE WINGATE, STEPHANIE SPRING, FRONT: HEATHER WRIGHT, CARMEN JONES, GABE MORALES

court basketball at our site for the individuals by next summer. Amy Wilkinson is the Medical Technician. Although Amy's main responsibility is to make sure the health needs are met for the individuals, she works very closely with this team to create a very close knit group. Henrietta Day Services staff is a very close team. They work very close with one another and the individuals we serve. This really creates a family type atmosphere. The staff take great pride in their ability to offer a different style of programming that also allows them to bring in their own personal style. This unique programming coupled with the smaller individualized setting allows them to take into consideration the needs and interests of the individuals and to creatively offer the best they possibly can every day.

More Than a Job

When LouWanda Bell started working at The Arc back in 1995, she thought this was a temporary job until she could find something else. She never intended for her job at The Arc to be long term. She was hired as an Individual Support Specialist working in the Residential program. Fifteen years later, LouWanda is an Associate Program Director at ArcWorks and LouWanda now looks at this job as the one she will retire from one day! LouWanda has worked for ArcWorks for approximately 7 years now. What made LouWanda stay at The Arc? It was that people saw potential in her. LouWanda says Kathy Graham, Senior Administrator for the Residential Program, is her mentor. Kathy encouraged her to be the best she could possibly be. LouWanda has worked in several programs at The Arc, including Day Services, Residential and three other roles at ArcWorks in addition to her job today. Through the years, LouWanda has continuously advanced herself in being the best that she could possibly be. LouWanda says, "The Arc affords everyone the opportunity to be what they want to be. People in the agency helped me grow and I want to do the same for my coworkers. I believe it is the interactions you have with your team mates that make you grow." LouWanda enjoys working one on one with the people that The Arc serves, it reminds her of where she started 15 years ago. LouWanda is an inspiration to the staff at The Arc. One can see that she enjoys what she does and she inspires those around her.

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and much more!

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A Message From...

Steve Chartrand

CEO, ARC FOUNDATION

Steve Dewey

CHAIRMAN, ARC FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

"We just can't believe how fast time seems to go these days"

was something I heard the other day. As you read through this edition of the Monarc and you look at the many pictures you may be saying the same thing to yourself. As we talk with Judge Wagner, Helene Rothschild, Lillian Corteaux and others that began this journey of hope that their loved ones would have and enjoy the quality of life that we all expect, we say "look how much we've done but there's so much more to do." That said, we continue to need you financial help. As we approach the end of 2010, a time when most think about charitable giving, we ask that you support The Arc of Monroe once again or for the first time. We take pride in the fact that 92 cents out of every dollar goes to support the folks that we serve. We will continue to share our many successes through this newsletter along with our information updated regularly on www.arcmonroe.org, Facebook and Twitter. On behalf of the Arc Foundation Board of Directors and the Arc of Monroe County enjoy the rest of 2010 and we look forward to a new and prosperous year.

Thank You

Daylite has increased its volunteering opportunities for 2010 due to the diverse employment paths individuals are interested in following. The program now assists at an Alzheimer's and Dementia Day Program, prepares for meals at a homeless shelter, works with children through Ogden Recreation, and will soon add volunteering at the Ogden Library. Daylite has already logged 1,439.5 volunteer hours this year, and is fast approaching the "2,000" mark. This year, Daylite volunteers were recognized for their contributions by the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Although the luncheon provided was wonderful, the pride seen on each person's face was worth more than any meal could ever offer.

Daylite Gives Back To The Community

If you were to ask any one of the individuals in the Daylite Program what they y enjoy doing there, their answer would be e the same ­ "having fun and going out in the community". Daylite spends approximately 50% of its programming time out t in the community learning to utilize RTS, S, shopping for program supplies, reinforcing money and safety skills, and volunteering for others. In 2009, the Daylite participants volunteered 1,088.5 hours doing a variety of activities. Some maintained the plants in the Rochester Museum and Science Center buildings, some worked with seniors at two different skilled nursing facilities, many cared for animals at a local farm, others assisted at a recycling center, and even more were responsible for up-keep of the Mary Jemison Boat Tour's recyclables. Doing these activities not only improves employable skills and experience needed to obtain jobs in the community, but also increases a person's self worth. Each individual feels great about themselves, and the good service they are providing for others. They look forward to their opportunities to make a difference in their community.

-- Barbara Kostecke

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We are always looking for input from our readers! Jackie Crego Editor [email protected] If you are interested in coming in for a tour of any of our programs, contact: [email protected] (585) 672-2228

WE ARE MOVING!

Effective Monday, December 6, 2010

All of the Arc offices, previously located on the Elmwood Avenue Campus will be located at: 2060 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road, Rochester, NY 14623 Our phone numbers will remain the same!

The Advantages of Designating Retirement Assets to Charity

Most people don't realize that their retirement plan assets will be heavily taxed after they die. If you name someone other than your spouse as the beneficiary of your retirement plan they may receive as little as 25 percent after income and estate taxes are paid. A traditional retirement plan such as a 401(k) or a 403(b) is one of the best assets to leave to a charity because it is then free of these taxes. By naming the Arc Foundation as a beneficiary of the plan, the entire amount will come to the Foundation since we are a nonprofit and will not have to pay the income tax on the distribution. Leaving other assets to your children often enables you to give more to them, and they will pay much less in estate taxes. You can even make the Arc Foundation a partial beneficiary of your plan and direct the balance to your children or other heirs. At your death, the plan administrator will withdraw the share designated to the Arc Foundation and leave the balance to benefit your family. Be sure to direct the gift to the Arc Foundation on your plan's beneficiary designation form rather than through your will. Otherwise, the assets will be included in your taxable estate. To make a future charitable gift from your retirement plan assets, notify your plan administrator of your wish to change the beneficiary. And please inform us of your intentions by calling Rod Christian, Director of Donor Relations, at 672-2221.

Our Mission

The Arc of Monroe provides individualized support and services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families to increase individuals' independence, enhance their abilities to make informed choices, and become part of the community.

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