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Connecting with Nature Through Education

Photo for web story 300Botanical artists have provided education outreach through projects specially designed to connect people of all ages and ability levels with plants and botanical art. The first project was designed for adults with disabilities attending the Monarch Beach Club, a day program operated statewide by Monarch.

The program teamed up with an art therapist and local artists and designed a project to broaden the Monarch club participates' appreciation of the ways trees and flowers enrich our lives.

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Volunteer Work Connects Community, Center

A group of people supported by Monarch’s Vocational Options of Hoke County, joined forces to help the city produce its most recent newsletter. In the process, it gave the people supported with disabilities a chance to be more active and connect with others, said Bruce Hurst, a community engagement team leader at Monarch.

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Monarch Columbus Industries presents Easter program 'The Passion'

The News Reporter

Monarch Columbus Industries presents Easter program 'The Passion' Cast to include people supported at Columbus Industries, Bladen Opportunities Unlimited Monarch's Columbus Industries, a day program that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will present its Easter program, "The Passion," Friday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. The supporting cast for the program, based on the resurrection of Jesus, will include staff members and people supported by Columbus Industries and Monarch's Bladen Opportunities Unlimited in Elizabethtown.

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Area hopping with Easter activities

Bladen Journal

As the weather turns warmer, people tend to get busy washing baseboards, taking down blinds, and cleaning out closets in search of that perfect spring or summer ensemble. The staff and people supported at Bladen Opportunities Unlimited have been searching out something else. Costumes. Bladen Opportunities, a day program in Elizabethtown, will present an Easter program, "The Passion," on Friday, March 25, at 9:30 a.m. The supporting cast for the program, based on the resurrection of Jesus, will include staff members and people supported by Bladen Opportunities and Monarch's, sister site in Whiteville, Columbus Industries.

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‘Thespians’ thrill audience

Bladen Journal

Knocking knees, cold hands, stuttered speech, a fleeting memory and dry mouth are just a few of the symptoms. Stage fright or public speaking. But, for a few people in Elizabethtown, those symptoms were the last thing on their minds. Individuals from Monarch's Bladen Opportunities Unlimited, a day program in Elizabethtown supporting people with intellectual and developmental disorders, participated in The Passion on Good Friday. The drama told the story of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus and was a joint effort by Bladen Opportunities and Monarch's sister site in Whiteville, Columbus Industries, who hosted the event.

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Making Art From Broken China

Outer Banks Sentinel

Edith Deltgren has been inventing activities designed for people with special needs for 16 years. She helped individuals from Monarch’s Cahoon Club in Columbia create beautiful mosaics from broken china that they will enter in a local art contest

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Officers graduate from Crisis Intervention Team Training

The Gaston Gazette

Twenty Gaston County law enforcement officers and first responders recently graduated from Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training, coordinated by Partners’ Behavioral Health Management. A number of advocacy groups and behavioral health providers assist in the training including Monarch.

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Chamber Music Festival remains true to roots

New Bern Sun Journal

The Carolina Chamber Music Festival, a cultural fixture in New Bern, remains true to its core roots of bringing world-class music to small venues. The musicians provided free music for audience members, including people from Monarch’s Health Drive day program, and an outing to the North Carolina History Center, where the performance was held.

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Dreams Come True

Bladen Journal

“Dream big and we’ll help you to accomplish your goals.” Such is the mission of a local group dedicated to helping people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Its Elizabethtown site – Monarch’s Bladen Opportunities Unlimited – helps people with I/DD learn to engage in their community.

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10,000 meals made in 30 minutes

Montgomery Herald

Monarch’s Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) joined students and other community groups to help provide hunger relief to those in need during the MLK Challenge at Montgomery Community College in Troy. The volunteers assembled 10,080 food bags to be distributed by the Montgomery County Food Pantry.

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Senior Project: Program allows older adults to explore their creative side, NC

 New Bern Sun Journal

A New Bern art group believes that extending love and compassion should be an every-month occurrence – including those who are young at heart. Community Artist Will, best known for its monthly art tours, has community outreach programs for young and old alike.

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Bladen Opportunities Unlimited offers those with disabilities a chance for fulfilling life

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“Dream big, and we’ll help you accomplish your goals.” Such is the mission of a local group dedicated to helping individuals ages 18 and above with Intellectual Development Disorder, or IDD. Bladen Opportunities recognizes that all people, including those with IDD, have dreams, and they seek to help those dreams come true for the twenty-six individuals they serve.

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Strengthening our workforce affordably and together

Stanly News and Press

Last fall, Pfeiffer University launched the Partnership Program, which offers academic programs and financial incentives to businesses and organizations to further the education attainment of employees who choose to participate. The first to sign on was Monarch.

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Are you feeling SAD? Monarch expert shares tips for overcoming the ‘winter blahs’

Stanly News and Press

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Monarch among recipients to receive funding from OBCF

The Coastland Times

Monarch’s Lighthouse Club received a grant for a Health and Wellness Program, with funding provided by bequest from the late Pauline Wright of Southern Shores and Currituck.

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Artist visits Monarch program in New Bern

New Bern Sun Journal

Ben Watford, a talented local artist and Fairfield Harbor resident, spent a recent morning painting with participants at Monarch’s Health Drive day program in New Bern. Watford shared donated pieces of bisque with some of the people supported at the Monarch day program, which provides support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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New Bern Toastmasters hosts party

Sun Journal

New Bern Toastmasters host a holiday party for participants at Monarch’s Health Drive Day Program. The party hosts provided pizza, cake, ice cream and a holiday activity.

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Monarch expert shares ways to manage holiday stress and grief

New Bern Now

The holiday season is a happy time for many. But for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, conflict or job loss, the season can be less than jolly. A Monarch expert shares ways to cope.

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Monarch receives three-year grant from Cone Health

Asheboro Courier-Tribune

Monarch has received a three-year $194,000 grant from the Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro to enhance treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

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Arc NC honors Monarch staff, volunteer

Stanly News & Press

Monarch and The Arc of Stanly receive honors during The Arc of North Carolina’s 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon. The Arc of NC held their annual awards in Wake County on Sept. 25 to honor chapter member nominees statewide for their hard work and dedication.

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A Perfect Fit: Star Catchers Visit Seniors at Tab Williams Center

Winston-Salem Journal

The audience tapped toes, clapped and sang along when Star Catchers of Monarch’s Stoke’s Opportunity Center and Forsyth Tech performed “Proud to be an American” at the Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Center in an early Veterans Day celebration.

“It’s just amazing how talented these students really are,” said Betty Talley, a Williams Center participant. “I wanted to jump up and say, ‘We ought to give them a standing ovation.’”

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Monarch Joins Initiative for Smart Home Technology

Sun Journal

The New Bern Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Council celebrates Nonprofit Awareness Month with 30 days of local nonprofits sharing their stories about creating a better place to live, a better quality of life. These stories will lead up to #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, a collaborative partnership that work together for a common purpose to transform how people think about, talk about giving time, talent and treasures.
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