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Monarch Celebrates Opening of Its Arts & Community Center in Southern Pines

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More than 100 people from Moore County and the surrounding communities attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and event held June 27 to celebrate the opening of the Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC). The Moore County Chamber of Commerce facilitated the symbolic ribbon cutting.

The 12,000 sq. ft. center located at 1662 Richards Street in Southern Pines provides a new venue for Monarch’s day program, which supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and offers various cultural activities. The space includes a pottery studio and kiln, art and dance studios, fitness space, full kitchen and a conference and meeting room. The center also contains a gift shop open to the public that sells decorative wreaths, gift baskets and unique seasonal items, which are often made by the people supported.

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Monarch Joins Law Enforcement Officials in SO Torch Run in Dare County

Six people from Monarch joined their neighbors and law enforcement officials during the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics recently in Dare County.

This is the first time in 18 years that Dare County participated in the event, which unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics in North Carolina. Each summer, officers carry the Flame of Hope across the state in The Torch Run Final Leg, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh.

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Monarch Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Creative Arts and Community Center in Southern Pines

Monarch will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Monarch Creative Arts & Community Center (MCACC), 1662 Richard St. in Southern Pines, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. The public is invited to attend this free event.

The community is invited to attend the event and tour the new building and see it firsthand. To learn more about the programs offered at the MCACC or for details about the upcoming event, please call Amy Chavis, program director, at (910) 639-2677 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Monarch Promotes Rahnelle Rosado to Regional Operations Director

Rahnelle Rosado4Monarch has promoted Rahnelle Rosado to regional operations director for the organization’s behavioral health services. Prior to her latest appointment, Rosado served as Monarch’s operations director in Davidson, Cabarrus, Rowan, and Stanly counties. Her appointment was effective June 4.

In her new role, Rosado will be responsible for overseeing Monarch’s behavioral health operations in Anson, Guilford, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Richmond and Robeson counties. Her duties include managing Outpatient Counseling and Psychiatry Services, Walk-in Crisis, Facility-Based Crisis, non-hospital medical detoxification services, a 24-hour IVC Assessment Center, Mobile Crisis, Assertive Engagement, Targeted Case Management, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Intensive In-Home Services. Rosado has more than 10 years of experience working in behavioral health and providing support and advocating for people with disabilities. Prior to joining Monarch in 2010, she was involved in the development, maintenance and oversight of several similar programs within behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities service programs. She has served on many interagency committees including an accreditation committee that was successful in achieving agency accreditation. Rosado has also participated in collaborative grant writing and grant program management to fund outpatient services and therapeutic supplies.

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Monarch Contributes $465,000 in Service Hours

Last August, Hurricane Irene swept fiercely through the eastern United States. The path the storm blazed resulted in millions of dollars of damage, thousands of people without power, hundreds of homes destroyed and abandoned, and sadly, claimed 45 lives.

The vast devastation left by the tropical storm in eastern North Carolina prompted Monarch’s Beach Club of Dare County to help their coastal neighbors in need. Immediately following the storm, Beach Club members contacted local agencies and found ways to support their communities. They delivered 36 meals daily and numerous cases of water to individuals and families impacted by the storm.

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