CDS Monarch Connection

November 2014

Issue #7

CEO Corner


With the year's end approaching, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the many things that we have to be grateful for this year. The Thanksgiving holiday is time that we traditionally spend with family and friends. All of you are a part of our family, here at CDS Monarch.

I am thankful for the people we assist and their families, our employees, board members, donors, volunteers, and our community. We depend on one another to achieve our mission. You inspire us, give us courage, and share in our passion to assist People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Veterans, and Seniors to live and thrive in their communities. Because of your ongoing commitment and support, CDS Monarch is a world-class organization, providing opportunities for people to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

On behalf of everyone at CDS Monarch, I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments.


Sankar Sewnauth


Shortstack Saturday- Mascot Madness 
December 6th
Wolf Life Transitions Center

Winter Art Show & Sale
December 10th
Wolf Life Transition Center

Sugar Plum Dinner Dance
December 19th 
Wolf Life Transition Center 

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

Update on New Senior Living Community 

The second CDS Monarch Senior Living project is well underway, and on schedule to open in March 2015. As of right now all of the concrete work has been completed and a utility road has been installed. In the East West Wing, all 24 units have been dry-walled and are being prepped for painting after Thanksgiving. In the North South Wing, the mechanical installation is occurring in 26 units, and the drywall installation is set to begin after Thanksgiving. When it opens, the new facility will have 50 apartments for seniors, with 10 of those being reserved for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Serve. Honor. Support. Symposium

On October 1st, the second annual Serve. Honor. Support. Symposium kicked off with the support of Warrior Salute, the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency, and Nazareth College’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. This year's theme focused on addressing the needs of both male and female Veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

The symposium featured two panel discussions; one on the symptoms and side-effects of Military Sexual Trauma, and another on evidence-based approaches to the screening and treatment of MST. Guest speakers >>

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was among several guests who gave opening remarks to kick off the event.

Ralph Presciutti, The Commander of the American Legion Post in Greece was honored with the Veterans Helping Veterans award. Ralph Presciutti makes house calls and is a match-maker connecting veterans to the services they've earned and need.

Honor Flight of Rochester was also recognized with the Organizations Supporting Veterans, for providing WWII and Korean veterans, and veterans from any era who suffer a terminal illness, free travel accomodations to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the war memorial sites together.

More than 120 people came to learn and show their support for our Veterans. The objectives of the conference were to understand the definition, prevalence, and impact of MST on our Veteran population, in addition to learning what the best practice approaches are in screening, assessment and the treatment of MST.

Check out these News Stories from the event:

Salute Seasonings Hit the Shelves

Wegmans is now carrying seven new Salute Seasonings. You will be able to pick up your favorite holiday baking spices, to include: ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, cinnamon maple, pumpkin pie spice and poultry seasoning. All proceeds from the purchase of Salute Seasonings benefit clinical therapies, vocational rehabilitation and temporary housing for our Veterans in Warrior Salute. The packaging of these spices, at Unistel, provides jobs for people with disabilities, including veterans.

You can now connect with Salute Seasonings on social media for product news, great recipes, and more information about how your purchase helps Veterans:

Celebrating Achievements in the Workplace

CDS Monarch celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, with a recognition ceremony honoring two outstanding individuals who receive vocational services. Michele Glende works in the community at a local McDonald’s and was honored as this year’s nominee for the OPWDD Works for Me award. Javis Harris, who works at Unistel’s Spice Facility, was honored as this year’s nominee for the NYSID William B. Joslin award. We are proud of them for all of their hard work and accomplishments!

Special Olympics Athlete, as Guest Speaker for Elementary Students 

Amanda Vito, is a star athlete on the CDS Monarch Special Olympics team, particularly in track and field events. This past summer she attended the national games in Princeton, NJ and received several medals. She has been asked to speak to large groups on many occasions, but most recently she was asked to speak at Harris Hill Elementary as an honorary guest speaker during their Red Ribbon Week. Amanda spoke of her past in Colombia before she was adopted and how her life has changed since. She spoke about how appreciative she was to be involved in the Special Olympics and how it has changed her life for the better. Way to go, Amanda!

Pancakes with a Purpose
Each year The Wolf Foundation raises funds to assist CDS Monarch families with financial needs that arise as a result of a loved one’s disability. Throughout the year The Wolf Foundation is able to enhance lives through safety and adaptive equipment, as well smaller necessities. Join us for Shortstack Saturday Mascot Madness on December 6th to contribute! Purchase Tickets >>

Fall Festivities

Individuals from Without Walls, Blended Creative Opportunities, and Transitions had a fun-filled day at Wickhams Farm where they were able to enjoy the some fun outdoor activities. 
The week of October 27th, Blended Creative Opportunities enjoyed Spirit Week! Some of the themes included were team day, mismatch day, twin day, pink day and costumes for Halloween on Friday. Some individuals also had the chance to see a Taekwondo demonstration. 
Our Children's and Young Adult Recreation Services embraced the fall season, and took a trip to Bristol Mountain where they were able to enjoy the foliage, along with carving pumpkins, and arts and crafts! 

Let's Go, Buffalo!

Angel M. and Dan S., who both live at CDS Monarch’s Matthew Drive residence, had the opportunity to cheer on the Buffalo Bills at a recent home game. They both really enjoyed being able to see their favorite football team play in their home stadium.

Toshiba Art Show 

Toshiba Business Solutions' Rochester Office has had artwork, created by several Veterans from Warrior Salute, on display in their gallery for the months of October and November. Most of the pieces are available for purchase. Please email for more details if you are interested in a piece. Proceeds will benefit Warrior Salute.

New Service Offered for Seniors

CDS Monarch has launched "Golden Wings", a new social day service developed to assist seniors ages 55 and older who do not have a developmental disability. The program is designed to assist seniors to stay active and build friendships in a safe community of peers. Staff members will provide supervision for seniors who need assistance with self-direction on a daily basis. Learn More>>

Warrior Salute Attends an Amerks Game 

Warrior Salute attended a Rochester Amerks Game. Tickets were donated and a suite behind the goal was provided to accommodate the veterans' needs. After the game the veterans were given an opportunity to meet Drew Bagnall #4, Team Captain for the Rochester Amerks. They were also able to visit the WWII Memorial. The veterans enjoyed the game and look forward to attending another one soon. 

National Disability Employment Month 

This past month, staff joined with David Philip, who receives supported employment services through CDS Monarch to discuss National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October) and the important role CDS Monarch plays in assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can download the Eyes on the Future podcast, to learn more about National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Vocational Services at CDS Monarch. 

The Spirit of Giving

Every person assisted by CDS Monarch has their own dream and goal of independence. In the midst of the holiday giving season we hope that you will consider making a donation to The Wolf Foundation in support of People with Developmental and/or Intellectual Disabilities, Veterans with Post-Traumaitc Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Military Sexual Trauma, and Senior Citizens at CDS Monarch. Thank you for your ongoing support! Make a Donation >>

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