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Employees to be recognized during special ceremony May 23
Monarch’s Community Employment Program of Forsyth, Stokes, Davie and Guilford counties will host its annual Recognition Ceremony and Program for approximately 80 people supported who have made significant workplace milestones. The event will be held from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the Behavioral Health Plaza, 725 N. Highland Ave. in Winston Salem. A reception will follow.

This year alone, the Forsyth office, which includes Stokes Opportunity Center (SOC) in Walnut Cove, has assisted in placing almost 100 persons with disabilities in Region 4, according to Brenda Leal, employment specialist. 

“We want to recognize those who have overcome their personal barriers to gain employment,” she said.
The Star Catchers, participants of Monarch’s SOC, will perform. These individuals have also succeeded with the assistance and continued support of Monarch’s staff in gaining employment, Leal said. Guest speakers include Jonathan Cherry, who received support from Monarch’s employment program, who will share his employment success story; and Dr. William Donohue, who has served as executive director of The Special Children’s School and vice chancellor of Student Life at N.C. School of the Arts in Winston Salem.  

VOC earns Volunteer of the Year Award from Asheboro Senior Center
VOC wins volunteer service award - webMonarch’s Vocational Opportunities in the Community (VOC) is committed to giving back. The day program in Asheboro has long engaged in service to their Randolph County community.

For their commitment to volunteerism, the VOC group was named Volunteer of Year for the Asheboro area. The award was recently presented by Nancy Merrill, director of the Asheboro Senior Center, during the Randolph County Senior Adult Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet. The group was honored for volunteering more than 300 hours the past year to delivering Meals on Wheels. Individuals who attend Monarch’s program in Asheboro are committed to 12 routes monthly, said Bunny Schoolcraft, site manager at VOC. The group’s honor was featured in the May 7 issue of the Asheboro Courier-Tribune.
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Star catchers featured in W-S Journal 4-30-13Star Catchers are the talk of the town again
The Star Catchers, a performing arts group that attends Monarch's Stokes Opportunity Center in Walnut Cove, have performed statewide, including twice during the N.C. Governor’s Fourth of July celebration in Raleigh. They have also given a performance in Philadelphia. For their entertaining and engaging productions, they are often the talk of the town. Now, they can add being featured in a local daily newspaper to their lengthy repertoire of acknowledgements. Several members of the group were featured in the Community Chatter section of the Winston Salem Journal. Click here to view more featured photos of the Star Catchers in the Journal.

Pictured above (from left): Anthony Barker, Anthony Frazier and Kenny Shaw, members of the Star Catchers, a performance ensemble of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, performed recently.

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