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Think Small: Beach Club Day Participant Eyes Local Businesses with a Different View

Brian Sykes Miniatures 1Brian 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.

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Long-Term Services and Supports Leadership Academy Graduates Celebrate During Ceremony

Leadership Academy Pic Collage 2018 2High-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.

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Clay, Color, Creativity: MCACC Day Program Participants Explore the Art of Making Pottery

MCACC Pottery Pic Collage 5One 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.

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Navigating Employment Search: Wake County IPS Provides Guiding Hand in Finding Jobs

Odell 1Odell 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.”

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Monarch People We Support Are Committed, Dedicated and Passionate About Their Employment

Monarch Celebrates NDEAM Collage 2October 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.”

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