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Betsy Brouwers' launches a knitting business

Betsy businessBetsy Brouwers
, a participant of Monarch’s Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) in Southern Pines, wanted more to do that included her love of knitting. While she has a job in the community and volunteers at several local nursing homes playing the piano, she wanted to pursue additional job opportunities, according to Amy Chavis, program director, who has met with Brouwers for several months to help her identify some additional opportunities.
Recently, Brouwers’ dream to start her own knitting business is taking shape. Brouwers and Chavis met with the director of the Small Business program at Sandhills Community College for support and suggestions. The pair is working to register her business – Betsy’s Creations – and they have leads on some local businesses and gift shops that may be interested in displaying and selling Brouwers' products, including her signature rubber duck wrapped in its own knitted blanket and knitted dog collars. Jeanette Burkes, CAP specialist, and Chavis have helped Brouwers, who is blind, to choose a logo and artwork for her business cards.

As she works to build her business, Brouwers is becoming increasingly busy. It’s just what she wanted – and she’s enjoying every minute of it.

African Americans Past and Present:
SEIC celebrates Black History Month with annual production March 7

Black History MonthFor more than a decade, the people supported at Southeastern Industrial Center in Lumberton have not only entertained, but inspired audiences through extraordinary performances that depict the contributions and lives of world-renown influential African Americans during the annual Black History Program.

This year, the event will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 7 in the auditorium at Robeson Community College (RCC), 5160 Fayetteville Rd., Lumberton. Coordinated by Pat McMillan, program director, and Betty Brockington, RCC Compensatory Education instructor, this year’s production “African Americans Past and Present” will again celebrate Black History with unique and exciting performances.  Admission is free.

Pictured above: Neil Sealey, who attends Monarch's Southeastern Industrial Center in Lumberton, portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during last year's performance at Robeson Community College.

MCACC is growing a garden - and they need your help

Help our garden grow2The Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center’s Community Garden (MCACC) is ready to plant. They will have 10 beds for planting, and wanted to number the beds to keep track of the crops.  However, they thought it would be much more fun to name them.

Here’s your opportunity to compete!  Send your best ideas for catchy, unique and fun names for the beds.  If you have ideas for a theme for the entire garden, those are welcome, too.  The person who comes up with the best name for each bed will be entered into a drawing to win a specialty basket from the MCACC gift shop.  All entries must be in by Friday, March 22, and names will be announced on Friday, April 5.  Send all entries to Amanda VanHorne, MCACC program manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“I want to save the world, like Superman”superman-logo-013
Developmental Specialist Brittany Carroll works to change the world

Brittany Carroll, a developmental specialist at Vocational Opportunities in the Community in Asheboro, wanted to be a teacher because she wanted to make a difference in her community. She saw the positive impact that teachers had on her life and others – until she learned more about nonprofits. She thought nonprofits – like Monarch – could reach greater numbers and decided to steer her career path in that direction.

Brittany CarrollArmed with a degree in nonprofit leadership and management with a minor in special education, Carroll works at Monarch working with people supported and creating new ways to incorporate the iPad into activities there. She serves as a gymnastics instructor teaching classes and helping children with special needs to become more self confident. Carroll also helps to host the annual Special Olympics competitions in her area.

“Basically, I want to save the world, like Superman,” Carroll shared with the Greensboro News & Record. “I want to share my love and enthusiasm for working with people with disabilities to others so they can see that community support is important.”

Pictured left: Brittany Carroll (left) helps Alexis Davis make jewelry while they discuss plans for Alexis’ day.  The above is an excerpt taken from an article that appeared in a January issue of the Greensboro News & Record.

Grapevine participates in Hospice home show, fundraiser at the Richard Petty Garage

home garden showMonarch will participate in a large, well-attended community event in Randolph County. The Monarch Grapevine Gift Shop will display their wreaths and unique gifts during the Hospice of Randolph County’s Annual Southern Home & Garden Showcase from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Sponsored by Hospice, the event is hosted by the Richard Petty Garage and the Petty Family Foundation. The event will be at the Pettys’ historic garage, 311 Branson Mill Rd. in Randleman. Admission is $5 and there is no cost for children. All proceeds benefit Hospice. 

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