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Local News: Mark Moves Out

man augWhen Mark Burchette first came to Monarch’s Moss II home in Stanly County he was shy and reserved. He had never lived away from his family before and wasn’t sure what to expect. But one of the first things staff noticed about him was his love of helping around the house.

“He loves to vacuum,” said Anne Ndwiga, qualified professional at Moss. He would jump right in to help clean and was always smiling and ready to do what was needed.

As he grew more comfortable being at the house and interacting with his house mates, his confidence grew.

“His maturity, means of communication and ways of dealing with the community quickly improved. He’s matured so much and became a huge asset to the home,” Ndwiga said.

That’s when staff and Mark’s family decided he should “graduate” out to another Monarch home where he could have greater independence and attend a community-based program. They couldn't have been more excited to watch his growth, and knew that the Cohen House in Norwood would be a great next step, especially since he had a close friend already living there.

“He adapted to life at Cohen so quickly, it was like he had lived here all along,” said Operations Manager Holly Murphy.

He’s now able to attend more programs, work on art projects, volunteer in the community and swim at the house’s pool.

“His energy and attitude are wonderful, Murphy said.

“He has fit right in with my guys at Cohen. This is exactly the kind of growth we want for every person we support and we are so happy to celebrate this next step for Mark.”

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