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ErnestAfter 15 years, Ernest Hargrove (pictured right), a person supported by Monarch for more than 10 years, has finally been reunited with his family. Excitement and anticipation filled the air for the Hargroves one Saturday afternoon recently. Dozens of relatives anxiously awaited the visit from a long-lost cousin, nephew and friend who went away, but was never forgotten. Ernest had finally returned home.

Sharon Stacy, operations manager at Monarch’s Walnut Cove Apartments, has known Hargrove for years. Sharon was among Monarch staff who helped Ernest find the services he needed, an apartment at Walnut Cove, and a job at Monarch’s Stokes Opportunity Center. For years, Sharon has searched the Internet, used social media and good-old fashion letter writing to help Ernest reconnect with his family in Henderson, who they learned lives less than three hours away. The reunion is one that Ernest and his family will never forget. “I guess it was finally meant to be that Ernest reunited with his family,” Sharon said. “It just goes to show you that if you truly believe, your dreams will come true.” Read more about Ernest’s story in theupcoming fall issue of Reaching Dreams.

Oakwood Acres renoThe residents and staff at Oakwood Acres Home in Asheboro are enjoying their newly renovated space. Cathy Herrera, operations manager at Mainstream and Oakwood Acres homes, said Monarch’s maintenance team did a wonderful job on the updated bathroom, kitchen and new carpet at the home. “The kitchen (pictured right)  is my all time favorite,” Cathy exclaimed. “If it was not for our great maintenance team, the people we support would not have beautiful homes to live in. We truly thank them.”

Charlotte Montague2Charlotte Montague (left), operations manager for Andrea Drive and Corvair Drive homes, was among 400 women to compete during the 2012 Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon Tour in Winston-Salem on Aug. 19. Sponsored by Endurance Magazine, the event is a 225-yard swim, eight-mile bike ride, and two-mile run. Charlotte crossed the finish line in good time and already anticipates the next competition. “I am sore but happy to have done it,” she wrote. “I can't wait till next year.”

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