CDS Life Transitions Connection
the personal touch

April, 11 2016

Sankar Sewnauth - President/CEO

CEO Corner


I am sure you have noticed something different about this newsletter⎯notably, the name. The Advocate is replacing what used to be the Life Transitions Times as our monthly agency newsletter. It still serves a similar purpose⎯to share the accomplishments and successes of those we serve⎯but it also does a little bit more. The Advocate aims to showcase how the staff at our companies are working every day to ensure the people we serve consistently grow and become successful, independent members of their communities. While still very much the same as the Life Transitions Times, The Advocate is a fresh look at what we've been doing all along: changing lives. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we enjoy being a part of them.

Additionally, it is worth noting that April is Autism Awareness Month, and we are committed to raising awareness and ensuring those affected by autism have the support they need. In addition to our year-round Autism Skill Building activities, we will be hosting our annual Autism Awareness Fair at the end of the month. This event is always a lot of fun, and it is a great resource for the community. I hope you can attend.

Another event we hosted recently was our 9th annual Strikes for Abilities Bowling Party in early March, and we raised $38,000 for unfunded areas of need at CDS Monarch. A lot of people came out and I am pleased to say the event was a success. I extend my thanks to everyone who planned, attended and supported it.

In closing, I am proud to be a part of an organization that touches so many lives. That is one of the main reasons we created a new parent company. By launching CDS Life Transitions, we are able to extend our reach to even more people so that they may reach their full potential, and it is because of your support that we were able to do that.

Please keep in touch, and have a great month!



Family Education & Training: GERD
April 19th
Wolf Life Transitions Center
Register online!

Autism Awareness Fair
April 29th
Wolf Life Transitions Center



Support Specialist, CDS Monarch

Warehouse Manager, Unistel Industries

Transitional Case Manager, Warrior Salute Veteran Services

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Open Interviews

April 27th
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
350 French Rd.
Pittsford, NY

Come prepared to interview!



CDS Wolf Foundation Raises $38,000 at 9th Annual Strikes for Abilities Bowling Party

The CDS Wolf Foundation hosted its 9th annual Strikes for Abilities Bowling Party Sunday, March 6th at Clover Lanes. The event raised $38,000 to support year-round recreation, health, wellness and socialization activities, as well as emergency assistance for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by CDS Monarch. Many of our recreational services, for example, the CDS Monarch Special Olympics team, are made possible by this event. There were over 250 people in attendance from across the Greater Rochester community. The CDS Wolf Foundation would like to thank Scott Spezzano from 98.9 The Buzz for being the event emcee. This event was presented by Flaherty Salmin CPAs and Gallo & Iacovangelo, Attorneys at Law.


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Mission Champion: Megan Smith, CDS Monarch

The Mission Champion feature highlights staff members who are doing an exceptional job in the name of our mission so the people we serve can achieve their dreams.

Megan Smith started at CDS Monarch about three years ago as a Support Specialist at Penbrooke Creative Opportunities, where she still works today. Her duties include assisting the individuals with daily tasks, which at PCO often includes various art activities. She helps them develop social skills and further their personal goals to become more independent.

“Megan is a model staff and is always willing to go above and beyond,” PCO Site Manager Ajaleah Bobowski said. “Her passion and enthusiasm are evident in her interactions with the individuals at PCO.  She is always willing to learn something new and is a strong advocate for the individuals she supports.”



Dream of College Achieved for CDS Monarch Individual

Charlie shared a dream with many other people when they finish high school—to go to college. After graduating, Charlie’s school of choice was Monroe Community College, where he went part time from 2006 until his graduation in December 2015.

“I started with writing classes,” Charlie said. He said he enjoyed them, but then learned he had to select a major, so he chose liberal arts because it fit with the classes he was already taking. “I liked writing classes the most,” Charlie said. He took journalism, English and communications classes in addition to writing about sports and video games in MCC’s newspaper, The Monroe Doctrine.

Currently, Charlie receives Supported Employment (SEMP) services from CDS Monarch, where he also works as a greeter at the welcome desk and—getting a jump-start on writing—he is assisting the company’s public relations and marketing department by writing some content for their newsletter and blog.



Say Hello to David!

Meet David! David is as energetic as his smile is wide. He's always eager to greet a visitor and demonstrate his wide variety of impersonations (he does a great Louis Armstrong!). David attends Blended Creative Opportunities (BCO), enjoys swimming in our heated therapy pool and sometimes helps to take our new hires on tours of our Wolf Life Transitions Center in Webster in addition to helping train them on our code of ethics. We're glad to have David as part of the CDS Monarch family!


Meet Jack, iCircle Member

iCircle member Jack Jett, pictured far right, lives at his country home in Ontario County with his family and an energetic group of dogs that keeps watch for visitors. After being in a life-altering accident that left him wheelchair-bound, Jack said he had to adjust to many different challenges over the years.

He currently receives daily care, allowing him to safely stay in his home, from caregivers that he hired through consumer directed personal assistance (CDPA).

Receiving services from iCircle has been very important for Jack. “There’s a huge benefit of being at home with loved ones,” Jack said. Jack said coming into the iCircle family has empowered him to spend time and stay involved with his three children and his loyal dogs.


CDS Monarch's Special Olympics Snow Shoe Team Brings Home Medals

Bristol Mountain Resort hosted the Genesee Region Special Olympics Snow Shoe Tournament Saturday, February 6th. All seven of CDS Monarch's participating athletes brought home medals from the event.

Results >>


Save the Date: 29th Annual Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournament

Monday - July 18th
29th Annual Teeing Off for Abilities Golf Tournament
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monroe Golf Club
155 Golf Ave
Pittsford, NY 14534

Presented by:

Want to do more?

The CDS Wolf Foundation is looking for volunteers to join the planning committee to help solicit donations and plan the event. Email or call Bill Walter, Associate Director of Marketing and Fundraising, at 585.347.1205 for more information.


Warrior Salute Veteran Services Launches Women's Group for Female Veterans

Warrior Salute Veteran Services launched a women's therapy group to provide a safe and supportive environment for female veterans to participate in realistic skill building activities focused on developing healthy self-esteem and increase self-worth. This group is open to any female veteran who finds themselves experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feeling self-defeated and those struggling with self-worth issues. Groups are held in a private location with access to public transportation.

Do you know a female veteran who could benefit from these sessions? Email Isabel Chandler, M.S., or Heather Hartford, ILST; or call 585.341.4600.


CDS Housing Expanding to Elmira

As the population of seniors continues to expand, CDS Housing is working to create new affordable housing communities. With two locations in Webster already, CDS Housing is in the process of building a new community in Elmira, N.Y.

Learn more about CDS Housing >>


CDS Life Transitions Publishes VOICES Magazine

CDS Life Transitions is a company that provides a wide variety of services to a large number of various populations. From services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to veteran services to affordable housing, there are a lot of stories to be told. That's why we're excited to announce we recently published our newest issue of VOICES magazine, which is dedicated to highlighting the achievements of the people we serve. Click the button below to download the latest copy, and we hope you enjoy it!

Want a print copy? Stop by the Wolf Life Transitions Center or send us an email with your address and we'll send one over!


Consider CDS Monarch as your donor designation for United Way!

Does your company participate in a United Way campaign? Please consider selecting CDS Monarch as your designated agency.

CDS Monarch's United Way Donor Designation Number:


Gifts go directly to supporting critical, yet unfunded, areas of need for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by CDS Monarch.

Help us spread the word! If your company participates in the annual United Way campaign, we would be glad to come visit your workplace and present to your team about the mission of CDS Monarch, and how they can make a difference for people right here in our community by designating their United Way gift to agency #0427. Please contact us at (585) 347-1201 or for more information.


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