Monarch Spotlight: Gloria Hunder
Gloria Hunder has worked at Monarch’s Forsyth Industrial Systems (FIS) for 30 years. She started her career as a work floor instructor, eventually becoming the adult development vocational program and production supervisor where she oversees daily operations for the people we support who attend the FIS day program in Winston-Salem.
What does a typical workday look like?
It consists of ensuring the needs of the people we support are being met and staff responsibilities are carried out. I try to introduce new things to the people we support through the community, and ways people we support can participate more in their communities. Along with staff, I help plan outings and activities for our folks, as well as keeping parents abreast of changes going on and keeping an open line of communication with them.
What is the most important aspect of your role and why?
The most important thing is making sure the people we support aren’t just here, but are doing something meaningful and learning new things they can take home. I don’t want this to be a daycare, I want it to be something important in their lives they are learning from.
What has been your most rewarding or satisfying experience, or your proudest moment while working here?
The most exciting thing for me is to see new doors opening for our folks and to see them take advantage of things that are already out there-like personal care services and community services. A lot of people we support want to be independent and now there are other community services that provide that for them. One guy got a job and purchased a car. Another guy got married and he and his wife are doing well and have gone on to bigger and better things.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have a big heart. Family is very important to me. I have a husband of 31 years, Arthur Sr., I have two sons, my oldest son is Corey and he lives in Maryland, and the youngest is Arthur Jr. who lives in Winston-Salem with my two grandson’s Omari and Jamarius. My grandsons are the love of my life.
What do you do when you aren't working?
I am a couch potato. I love my soap operas, Lifetime and I love to cook and bake cakes. My favorite thing to cook is fried chicken, mac and cheese, green beans and collard greens.
Favorite place to visit?
My favorite place to visit is Maryland where my son lives. Also, my husband is from Liberia and in the future we would like to go visit.
Movie or song that best describes you?
My favorite song is “Jesus keep me near the cross.” On a daily basis I think we need to know that even though we’re going through a rough time, God is right there with us, and as long as we know that he’s there we can tackle anything. It’s important to remember whose you are and we belong to Christ. He’s not going to let anything happen to us, we may have to go through it but he promised he’s not going to put anything on us we can’t bear.