Amid the hectic bustle of the lunch crowd ordering their familiar favorites, Dawn Fowler ensures that the Whiteville McDonald’s dining room is five-star.
Fowler, who has not missed a day of work since hired, is known for her characteristic smile. “She is always so happy,” testifies McDonald’s Manager Letha Hancock, placing an arm around Fowler’s shoulder. “That certainly is a plus when working in the dining room.”
Hired in June following an application and interview process, Fowler, 30, admits she was a little nervous during the interview process.
“The manager asked me questions about what I would do in certain work situations,” she remembers. Her experience working at another McDonald’s location in High Point, before moving to Whiteville, provided her with knowledge and experience to correctly answer the questions.
Monarch’s Marketing and Communications department was awarded a first place Crown Award during the annual Public Relations Society of America’s Charlotte Chapter Queen City PR Awards presentation. Monarch’s “HEROES” campaign won in the nonprofit/government video category.
The Queen City PR Awards recognize practitioners who, in the judgment of their professional peers, have successfully researched, planned, implemented and evaluated communication campaigns with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.
Tracy Roberts and Chris Bauer are making a difference in their community while at the same time overcoming the difficulties of living with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).
PWS is known as a complex genetic disorder most noted for a chronic feeling of hunger that can lead to excessive eating and obesity, according to the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Association.
In some cases, a PWS-like disorder can happen if the hypothalamus portion of the brain becomes damaged through injury or surgery. National statistics indicate that one in 12,000 are diagnosed with PWS. Although considered a rare disorder, PWS is one of the most common conditions seen in genetic clinics and most common genetic cause of obesity.
Monarch, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the System of Care Collaborative of Mecklenburg are sponsoring a free screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” on Thursday, Nov. 8. Two showings will take place at Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Any community member interested in attending either showtime can reserve their space here through Eventbrite. Following the screening, a brief question-and-answer session will be held with a panel of community resource and mental health experts.
The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted suicide by jumping from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts worldwide. Through sharing stories of survival and recovery, significant awareness is being created surrounding this health crisis, while helping people find the support needed to heal and live.
Beautiful hues of carefully crafted pottery were neatly displayed among creative artwork hanging on the walls of Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center’s newly opened “Monarch Gallery: Where Art Takes Flight.”
Showcasing creativity was the theme during MCACC’s reception introducing the community gallery on Thursday, Nov. 1, to over 75 community leaders, program participants, families and community members in attendance.
Brian Sykes’ miniature replicas of Manteo businesses are remarkably accurate. His keen eye for architectural details that others easily overlook is translated into tabletop replicas of local buildings.
For over 10 years, Sykes, a Beach Club of Dare County day program participant, has been visiting local businesses, oftentimes only once, and creating a remarkably detailed miniature version.
The Beach Club of Dare County day program, located in Manteo, serves those with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a variety of supports and programs including art.
High-fives, standing ovations and roaring sounds of applause were seen and heard during the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Leadership Academy closing ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 25 at Market Station in Albemarle.
The graduating class is made up of 20 LTSS team members who were given the opportunity during the event to express how they have grown and what they learned through the Leadership Academy. The program began as a more in-depth and personal way to learn about services and departments, as well as to foster a network of professional support for the attendees.
One by one, Jody, Margaret, Alana, Angel and Joyce are called to come to the corner of the classroom. Each of them firmly grips a pair of long-handled tongs to their clay creations and gently dips the piece into a deep bucket of liquid.
The Monarch’s Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) participants are completing an important step in creating pottery.
MCACC’s pottery workshop, tucked away at the end of the hallway, is a bustling room of eager artists. Pottery creations are arranged on the shelves in varying stages of the creative process - some in the familiar terra cotta color while others are covered in bright hues. Day program participants wait patiently for their turn to transform their ideas from the initial piece of clay into mugs, bowls, vases and covered dishes.
Odell Clark wants nothing more than to provide for his family.
He firmly believes Monarch’s Wake County Individual Placement and Support (IPS) specialists provided the guiding hand he needed to accomplish that goal when Clark, 49, formerly employed with a family-owned furniture delivery company, found himself out of a job. The unemployed status did not help Clark’s existing depression diagnosis. Employment Support Professional (ESP) Precious Haynes recalls one of her initial conversations with Clark when they were just getting to know each other.
“He told me how much better he feels being able to provide for his family and assist with earning income,” Haynes recalls. “He said it means a whole lot to him as a man to be able to help.”
October is National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month
Across the nation, employers are finding the value in promoting inclusion among their workforce and the people we support at Monarch have long been a testament to the independence, experience and personal growth gained from employment.
October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) which annually commemorates the contributions of workers with disabilities, as well as educate about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. This year’s NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”