CDS Monarch Connection

June 2014

Issue #4

CEO Corner


Spring was an exciting time for all of us here at CDS Monarch. We celebrated a number of exceptional accomplishments, which you can read more about in the sections below. Every day we are moving our mission forward, growing the opportunities we offer and assisting people to live more fulfilling lives.

Recently, I celebrated my 25th anniversary with CDS Monarch, and I can truly say that it has been a great joy and a privilege to work here for these past 25 years. I have seen this agency grow and become a leader in our region. We continue to drive service delivery and innovation forward to better assist people in our community. Without the ongoing support for our mission from our CDS Monarch Family, none of this would be possible. I am grateful for the contributions that each of you make to CDS Monarch, and the compassion that you demonstrate for the people we assist. Together, we are able to help people to achieve their personal goals and dreams.

I look forward to seeing you on June 14th for our Shortstack Saturday pancake breakfast!


Sankar Sewnauth


The Monarch Ball:
Dinner & Dance

June 6
Wolf Life Transitions Center
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Star-Spangled Shortstack Saturday
June 14 (Flag Day)
Wolf Life Transitions Center
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Check out the entire CDS Monarch Events Calendar, for a full listing of upcoming events.

Spreading Awareness About Autism

CDS Monarch's 5th Annual Autism Awareness Fair took place on Friday, April 25th, which coincided with National Autism Awareness Month. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. and has no known cure. According to the latest Centers for Disease Control data, new estimates indicate that 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum. The Fair is held to educate the public about autism and strengthen people’s understanding of the individuals in their community who are living on the autism spectrum. Read more >>

Athletes Headed to USA Games

Three members of the CDS Monarch Special Olympics team will be participating in the USA Games this summer in New Jersey! Congratulations to Eric Johnson, Kenny Moriarty and Amanda Vito! On May 30th, all of the local Rochester area athletes that are heading to USA Games attended the Rochester Red Wings game and were escorted onto the field by a ceremonial “Law Enforcement Torch Run”. During this time, all of the athletes and coaches were recognized. Amanda Vito was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the game.

Wegmans' President Visits Unistel

On May 20th, Unistel welcomed Colleen Wegman, President of Wegmans, and two of her staff to visit the spice manufacturing and packaging facility to learn more about Salute Seasonings. They toured Unistel's operations and met with staff members, Warrior Salute graduates and individuals working on the spice room floor. Additionally, they were able to taste a variety of the spices and seasoning blends that we offer. Read more about the visit >>

Salute Seasonings are available for purchase at your local Wegmans grocery store!

Second Senior Living Project Breaks Ground

The official Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new Senior Living community taking place on April 23rd. This new, affordable senior living project, will offer apartments for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans, age 55 years and older. There will be a total of 10 units designated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Construction at the site is already underway, and we expect the facility to be operational in the Spring of 2015. Video from WROC News 8 >>

Warrior Salute Veteran Shares Her Story

Leah is a graduate of Warrior Salute, where she received the support she needed to transition back into civilian life. She recently came back for a visit, and shared with 13 WHAM's Jennifer Johnson, about her journey and the assistance that she received at Warrior Salute that helped her to get to where she is today. Watch the video and read the full story >>

Two New Graduates

On May 8th, Warrior Salute celebrated the graduation of two Veterans from the program - Daniel Young and Samuel Steirman. Both of them put in exceptional effort and overcame many challenges in order to reach this point. We congratulate them on this accomplishment and wish them all the best with their future endeavors!

Honoring our Outgoing Wolf Foundation Board Chair

Thank you to Kimberly Hoffman for your outstanding leadership and devotion, as the Board Chair for The Wolf Foundation. Kim served on the board from 2010-2014 by providing event support, making great introductions and always being a terrific community advocate for The Wolf Foundation and all of CDS Monarch. We appreciate all that you have done!

Day of Caring

An extra special thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who came out to support CDS Monarch on the United Way's annual Day of Caring! They helped out with a variety of landscaping and maintenance projects at 14 of our residential homes.

Donor Recognition

“At First Niagara, we believe strong communities are places where all citizens have opportunities to achieve their full potential,” said Suzanne Nasipak Chapman, First Niagara Rochester Market Executive.  “We are proud to partner with CDS Monarch, Warrior Salute and The Wolf Foundation and support the work they are doing to empower and energize our community.”

First Niagara Bank was recently honored by CDS Monarch for being a generous community donor. Read more >>

Promoted on the Job

Kenny has worked at Home Depot as a Lot Associate for the past six years. In April, Kenny received a promotion and additional responsibilities as a Trainer. As a Lot Associate, Kenny is responsible for assisting customers with loading their vehicles and maintaining a pleasant and clean store entrance, in addition to ensuring carts are accounted for and in their respective location. As a Trainer, he is now also responsible for assisting new employees learn how to be a great Lot Associate. Way to go, Kenny! Read more >>

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