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For Shelisha Campbell Writing is Therapy, but Her Work is Turning into Much More

Shelisha Campbell isn’t one for sugar coating. Perhaps that’s why her writing is so powerful. As a self-described lifelong writer, Campbell’s poetry has helped her through some of the most challenging times in her life, including her challenges with schizophrenia.

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Giving back: recognizing the impact of volunteers

Anthony Blount is one of the many people supported at Monarch who takes every opportunity he can to help others. Outside of his regular job, he dedicates at least 10 hours each week to volunteering around the community.

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Support Inclusion Saturday brought awareness to North Carolina businesses and organizations that value inclusion

In observance of National Developmental Disabilities Month, Monarch invited businesses and organizations across North Carolina to join a new, grassroots campaign called Support Inclusion Saturday.

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Starting Over: How Kim Howard said a traumatic brain injury showed her “who I really am”

Kim Howard was on her usual route home from work one afternoon in October 2014. Howard, who was a certified nursing assistant for 23 years, enjoyed every minute of taking care of others. But this time, her commute on that Charlotte highway was one that changed her life forever.

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VOHC Art Program Seeing Growing Audience and Community Support

The people at Vocational Options of Hoke County (VOHC) are still seeing the benefits of an open house held there late last year. It’s no wonder why the program is still gaining community support.

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Monarch’s Studio 651 Among Recipients of Internal Grant

Creative art supplies and materials. Health and wellness equipment. Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. These are just a few of the projects that Monarch’s internal grants funded this year.

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Monarch’s Art Program Expands on Creativity and Community

Murals, canvases and colored ceramic bird houses line the halls and art rooms of many of our day programs. Staff members are embracing the call to action as Monarch transitioned from the traditional sheltered workshop model to a more inclusive, arts-based curriculum earlier last year. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis.

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Monarch launches Support Inclusion Saturday in March to bring awareness to businesses, organizations that support inclusion

SupportInclusionLogo REVISEDJosh Walker personifies the value of community leadership and inclusion. Many local residents know Walker, a Stanly County resident, from his volunteer work at the Stanly Community Christian Ministry’s Community Table, a Norwood food pantry, or through his job at Oakboro Nursery where he happily tends to the plants year round.

“I love working. Helping people makes my day,” said Walker, who was once very shy and withdrawn.

Like Walker, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities welcome the opportunity to contribute to their community – either by volunteering or employment – so long as they’re given the chance to participate.

That is why on March 1, Monarch invites businesses and organizations across North Carolina – and in all of the state’s 100 counties – to join the Support Inclusion Saturday campaign in observance of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The campaign is a new, grassroots initiative that aims to celebrate stories like Walker’s and the companies that provide inclusion opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Know your numbers: Monarch hosts free health screenings provided by Novant Health on March 8 in Winston-Salem

Monarch and Novant Health know that health is a priority for many North Carolinians in 2017. A free health screening will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at Monarch’s Studio 651 in Winston-Salem.

Attendees will get valuable information about where their health stands and tips for improvement and how to stay on track.

Health professionals will examine and provide free screenings for the following metrics: Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist Circumference, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, and Hemoglobin A1C.

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