CDS Monarch Connection

March 2015

Issue #8

CEO Corner


Happy Spring! I hope this finds you all doing well. As you may know, each year, March is recognized around the country as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan declared this observance in 1987, with a proclamation, which called for people to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help persons with developmental disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Here, at CDS Monarch, we celebrate the everyday of life through the accomplishments and growth of the individuals we assist. You can read about some of these achievements in the sections below.

I encourage you to consider some ways that you can help spread awareness. Choosing to use people-first language, volunteering as a Special Olympics coach, or spending time getting to know a person with a developmental disability, are just a few of the many ways. By getting involved, you will play an important role in ensuring encouragement, understanding, and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Thank you for being a part of our mission to assist people to live and thrive in their communities!


Sankar Sewnauth


Family Education & Training: Introduction to OPWDD and ACCES-VR for Parents of Students with Disabilities
April 7th
6:00 p.m.
Wolf Center

Autism Awareness Fair
April 24th
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Wolf Center
More Details >>


Warrior Salute Comedy Benefit Show
April 26th
7:00 p.m.
The Comedy Club, Webster


Check out the entire CDS Monarch Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.

Individuals Transition to New Jobs

CDS Monarch is proud to announce that two individuals from CDS Monarch's Transition Services, Shaw and Tyler, have landed jobs in the Unistel workshop at the Wolf Life Transitions Center. They both now participate in Vocational Services, where staff assist individuals to develop the skills they need to further their career paths. In addition to working at Unistel, Tyler has also become a part of the evening cleaning crew. He is proud to be earning a paycheck and has used it to open his own savings account.

CDS Monarch is proud of their progress and wishes them all the best with their new jobs. Well done, Tyler and Shaw!


CDS Monarch Hosts Residential Gala

Individuals from several CDS Monarch residences shared a night of dancing, music, and fun at the first annual CDS Monarch Residential Gala, hosted Sunday, February 8th at Burgundy Basin. Individuals and staff from Janes Road, Mill Hollow Crossing, Atlantic Avenue, Calkins Road, Lonesome Road, Culver Road, Turk Hill 1, French Road, Park Circle, and Thornell Road residences dressed up for an exciting evening. 

Dressed in their formal attire, the individuals danced the night away, enjoyed some delicious desserts, and captured some of the special moments in photographs. A number of baskets were also raffled off, with someone from every residence winning a prize to take home.

The gala was held to provide the individuals with a prom-like experience - an experience that some had never had before. One parent expressed their thanks, sharing that their daughter didn't get to go to her prom in high school, and that she was excited to tell all of her friends and co-workers about the special occasion. It was certainly a memorable evening for all who attended!


2015 Special Olympics Snowshoe Tournament

Bristol Ski Resort hosted the Regional Snowshoe Tournament Saturday on January 31st. CDS Monarch competed with a team of eight individuals, all of whom received medals.

Amanda V: Gold in 50 and 100 meter
Pam D: Silver in 50 and 100 meter
Kevin M: Gold in 50 and 100 meter
Eric J: Gold in 50 and 100 meter
Mike T: Silver in 50 and 100 meter
Dale C: Silver in 50 and 100 meter
Ken M: Bronze in 50 and 100 meter
Kris W: Bronze in 50 and 100 meter

The relay team, consisting of Amanda V., Eric J., Mike T. and Ken M., won a gold medal as well.

The team was coached by George Vito, Margie Kitz, Anto Beslic, Sharon Vito, and Michelle White-Savage.


Help with Hearing

Zounds Hearing Center stopped by CDS Monarch Senior Living on Holt Road in February, to administer free hearing tests for the residents.

Thank you, Zounds Hearing Center!

A Night of Music

The AMPS Vintage Pops came to CDS Monarch Senior Living on January 19th to put on a concert for our seniors.

Thanks for a great night of entertainment! 


Honor Our Heroes Game Benefits Warrior Salute

The Webster Thomas Titans Hockey team held their third annual "Honor Our Heroes Game" in honor of all military service members and first responders. Proceeds from the event, which totaled $750, were donated to Warrior Salute.

Thanks, team, and great game!


Volunteers Paint Lonesome Road Home for MLK Day of Service

More than ten volunteers from Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP volunteered their time at CDS Monarch's Lonesome Road residence to paint the interior for the annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 19th. The volunteers painted the main corridor of the residence -  where each apartment unit's entrance is - giving it a fresh, new look.

The individuals enjoyed spending time with the volunteers and were grateful to have the interior of their home re-painted.

CDS Monarch sends a huge thanks to the volunteers from Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP for their excellent work!

Warrior Salute Receives Donation from Le Roy EarlyAct Club

The Le Roy Rotary EarlyAct Club donated 19 handmade blankets and several cards for the veterans enrolled in Warrior Salute. The Club consists of students in grades K-6, and meets once a month at Wolcott Street School, focusing on a community service project each meeting. 

Read more from The Daily News >>


March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Interested in some ways that you can get involved at CDS Monarch to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? Here are a few ideas:


Looking for a Rewarding Career?

CDS Monarch is looking for talented and compassionate people to help our individuals, seniors, and veterans achieve their dreams. With a list of open positions and our job application available online, applying is just a few clicks away! Learn more at


Join the Golf Committee

The Wolf Foundation's 28th Annual Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 20th at Monroe Golf Club. We are seeking Volunteers to join our 2015 Golf Committee. These individuals are the key to making this such a successful event year after year. Committee meetings are held every other Tuesday at 4pm at CDS Monarch's Wolf Life Transitions Center (860 Hard Road, Webster). Send an email to to learn more about how you can get involved!


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