Senceria Cruse works to keep children safe
Monarch's Supported Employment helps people find jobs
Senceria Cruse is a crossing guard and security officer in Winston Salem. Through Monarch’s Supported Employment Program, her job coach helped her get training, learn important skills for employment and develop a plan for her dream job.
Cruse started her current role last year. During the week she is Brunson Elementary School’s crossing guard and she often fills in as a security officer with Langford Security. Cruse said at first she was afraid because she had never worked in a security/safety position before, but after meeting the students on her first day all the worry disappeared and she started to love the job.
Her favorite part of being a crossing guard is meeting people. “I have to look out for their safety and I like to talk to the parents and kids and have a nice relationship with them," Cruse said. "It makes me feel good that I have a job to do and a responsibility to make sure people are safe and that the cars stop so I can let people cross.”
Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and and certified by The N. C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). The organization, which operates the Arc of Stanly, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525