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VOC dinnerVOC hosts appreciation dinner
More than 100 people attended Monarch's Vocational Opportunities in the Community (VOC) annual appreciation dinner on Sept. 13.  In its sixth year, this highly-anticipated event hosted by VOC staff is held to recognize and express gratitude for VOC participants, parents, guardians, and the community. This year, a plaque was given to honor retired N.C. State House Representative Arlie F. Culp, a former member of the N.C. General Assembly who served for nine terms, for his contributions over the years to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mr. Culp represented the state's 67 House District, including constituents in Randolph County, and retired in 2006.  N.C. State House Representative for District 70 Pat B. Hurley was also in attendance. A feature debut performance by the “Shakers and Movers,” the VOC Handbell Choir, was part of the program.

Pictured above: Danny Milliken (right), a resident of the Mainstream home in Asheboro and participant of the VOC program, is accompanied by Richard and Karen Tanzman, a couple he met while walking at the mall.

Fall decor, gifts now on sale at Monarch's gift shops
Fall wreath copyThe golden days of autumn are nearly upon us, signaling a new season for decorating, gift buying and entertaining. Halloween and fall wreaths as well as seasonal gifts are now available at Monarch’s gifts shops in Asheboro and Southern Pines. Both locations are open to staff and the public. The shops offer an assortment of the most unique and affordable gift baskets, wreaths, stationery and other unique gifts for all ages and every occasion. Christmas items will also soon be on display. People supported by Monarch often assist with gift making. Call-in orders with arranged delivery are available. For details, to place an order, or for hours or operation, contact:

Bunny Schoolcraft, Monarch’s Grapevine, 214 N. Elm Street, Asheboro N.C. 27203. Direct: (336) 633-7268 or (336)626-1516 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The gift shop within the Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) is located at 1662 Richards Street, Southern Pines, N.C. 28387. Call (910) 692-2936 Ext. 1803.

DSP Recognition Week gifts bring smiles, tears
DSP Week - Region 4Amy Chavis, program director, prepared gift bags for staff at several locations and Bobbi Medlin, MCACC site manager, provided donuts and coffee for the staff at the MCACC in Southern Pines during DSP Recognition Week. The gifts were presented to each staff member by people supported.

 "The gifts were extremely nice and the donuts and coffee were excellent, too," said Developmental Specialist Diane McAllister, who received Chavis' gift from Bruce Wilson, a person supported at MCACC (both pictured left)."We all appreciated everything so very much, especially when they told us how much we were appreciated. It brought tears to our eyes."

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