CHOICES at the Ridge Participants Prove Important Volunteer Source
The CHOICES at the Ridge day program participants know the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community – and take it to heart.
The 21 participants at the day program in Forsyth County contribute upwards of 450 volunteer hours each month to local organizations, according to CHOICES Community Engagement Team Leader Beth Myers. The day program coordinates their volunteer schedules and any one-on-one assistance needed.
Coping with the Aftermath: Ways to Deal with Mental Health Issues Following a Natural Disaster and How to Extend a Helping Hand
Hurricane Florence caused a wide swath of destruction across several parts of the East Coast with North Carolina bearing the brunt of the devastation.
Many individuals, families and organizations have extended helping hands to those in need. Those affected are coping with the loss of their home from flooding or damages because of the hurricane force winds.
Artistic Creativity is Flourishing at Monarch’s Bladen Opportunities Unlimited Day Program
Montrel Ward and William Mattoon’s creativity is taking shape as their imaginative wood work designs also develop into their individual, unique styles.
Bladen Opportunities Unlimited day program participants Ward, 28, and Mattoon, 44, are exercising their freedom of expression through colorful signs emblazoned with sports themes and inspirational sayings. Bladen’s day program, located in Elizabethtown, serves those with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a variety of programs including one focused on art.
Direct Support Professionals Are the Heart of Monarch Services
Celebrating DSP Recognition Week Sept. 9-15
Tony McKinney, a Mainstream Home resident in Asheboro, lights up a room with his ear-to-ear smile and infectious personality.
Larry Butler, McKinney’s direct support professional (DSP), feels the people Monarch supports are the primary reason he enjoys his role as caregiver. “By far my favorite part of being aDSP for Monarch is the guys I get to work with.”
Monarch joins a nationwide celebration honoring the men and women who selflessly provide compassionate care for the people we support during Direct Support Professionals Week, Sept. 9 – 15. The week is celebrated annually and promoted by the American Network of Community Options and Resources and the U.S. Senate.