Monarch campaign assists people supported, staff as some continue to struggle after Hurricane Matthew
The organization serves more than 6,500 people living with intellectual and evelopmental disabilities and mental illness in eastern North Carolina
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, many of the people Monarch supports and staff have been displaced and left without basic necessities in the areas of North Carolina hit hardest by the storm. The company has set up a relief campaign to assist them and is inviting the public to donate.
Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm in nearly a decade, has resulted in loss of life, left thousands without homes and resulted in more than a billion dollars in damage in the state.
More than 6,500 people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness receive support from Monarch in areas ravaged by the hurricane. Needs are great, from food and clothing to medication and medical supplies. Many have lost everything.
A Monarch therapist Leigh Daughtridge, who works in Monarch’s Rocky Mount behavioral health office, answered the call for licensed clinicians to volunteer to provide counseling at a shelter for people who were displaced from their homes. She said feelings of anxiety, frustration and apprehension about the future were common, and called the experience “overwhelming.”
“The atmosphere at the shelter was something I have never experienced,” Daughtridge said. “Several people told me their stories of how quickly they had to leave their homes. In some cases, just minutes after a knock on the door they were being escorted out by National Guard members, without much time to collect essential items, including medication.”
Although many relief agencies are onsite assisting victims, the effects of Hurricane Matthew will be felt in much of Monarch’s service area for many months to come, and ongoing aid will be needed.
“Our staff are doing an extraordinary job of caring for the people we support and making sure they are safe,” said Monarch President and CEO Dr. Peggy Terhune. “Many are doing so as their own homes are underwater, and while suffering their own losses of property and possessions. As they are slowly working past the current crisis, they are still facing the daunting challenge of cleanup and recovery.”
Donations will be used for assistance with basic necessities such as food, toiletries and clothing, along with temporary housing, home cleanup and repairs, replacement medical supplies and equipment, household items and more.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The company has earned Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) – and is among a small and elite group worldwide to receive this designation. Monarch is certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA) and operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826