CDS Monarch Connection

November 2015

Issue #12

CEO Corner


Every time I sit down to write this message there's something new and exciting to report, and that's what we love to see here at CDS Monarch. The people we serve are active, even as the weather begins to cool down, and we continue to do our best to ensure that everyone remains happy, healthy, and independent. From seniors staying active in their classes to our Veterans in Warrior Salute, we have a lot to be proud of here, and we have a lot of people to thank.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I like to reflect upon the people who have made all of this possible. From our dedicated staff to the generous people who consistently give us their support, I appreciate everything you do. This company thrives on innovation and giving back to those who need it, and I'm proud to be a part of it.

I hope you have a great holiday.


Sankar Sewnauth


Health & Wellness Fair
December 2nd
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wolf Center
More Details >>


Shortstack Saturday Mascot Madness
December 5th
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Wolf Center
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Family Education & Training: Special Needs Financial Planning
December 8th
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wolf Center
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*Online Registration Available


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


Individual Recognized for William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer Award Nomination

The William B. Joslin Award is given to an individual with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities “who has overcome challenges to succeed in their Preferred Source employment choice,” according to the NYSID website. Michelle R., who works at CDS Monarch’sUnistel facility, was nominated for NYSID’s William B. Joslin Outstanding Performer Award. This also coincided with October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month.



Eyes on the Future: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Andrew Sewnauth, VP of Community Living Operations (left), and John Keukelaar, Label Production Associate at Unistel, discussed the importance of National Disability Awareness Month on Rochester's Eyes on the Future Podcast.

Listen here >>


Individual Travels to Minnesota for Vikings Party

Gary is a major Minnesota Vikings fan. So much so that he travelled to Minnesota for a Vikings party. Gary was able to meet and hang out with some of the players, and he said he had a great time. In fact, Gary wants to go on another trip soon, and he's already planning on taking another trip to Viking's country to see the summer football camp.


Nucor Auburn Presents Warrior Salute with $33,000 Check from Golf Tournament

Nucor Steel Auburn hosted a golf tournament Tuesday, Sept. 15 to benefit Warrior Salute, a service of CDS Monarch. The tournament raised $33,000 to help fund critical transitional therapy and services for Veterans such as counseling, art therapy and transitional housing. 

“I cannot stress enough how much Nucor’s support has helped to provide beneficial services to our nation’s Veterans,” CDS Monarch President/CEO, Sankar Sewnauth said. “This generous donation will ensure Veterans receive the personalized rehabilitative and case management services that will help them transition successfully back into their communities. We are extremely grateful to Nucor and their employees who helped organize this fundraiser for Warrior Salute. We appreciate the dedication and commitment to our mission.” 


Learn more about Warrior Salute >> 


CDS Monarch Teams up with Genesee Community College

From the Webster Post:

CDS Monarch’s Without Walls, which provides opportunities for drama, music and art therapy, recently partnered with the Genesee Community College human services department.

The collaboration will feature memory and problem-solving games created by GCC students and played by individuals from CDS Monarch, which assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, veterans and seniors.

“This partnership between Genesee Community College and the people we serve will provide valuable experience for the students while continuing the growing and learning process of our individuals,” said Sankar Sewnauth, CDS Monarch president/CEO. “By working together, the GCC students are able to exercise the skills they may very well use in a similar employment situation, and the people we serve can continue to grow and make connections in the community.”


Learn more about Without Walls >>


Shortstack Saturday Mascot Madness Pancake Breakfast

Remember last year when you waited at the mall for way too long to meet Santa, and you didn't even have any pancakes to go along with it? Things can be different this year! All you have to do is come to our Shortstack Saturday Mascot Madness Pancake Breakfast! This family event is great for kids and adults to meet Santa and more than 20 of your favorite Rochester mascots! Additionally, tickets are only $5 and benefit families in need at CDS Monarch. 

Looking to do more? Sponsorships are also available.

Saturday, December 5th
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wolf Life Transitions Center
860 Hard Rd., Webster, N.Y.


Affordable senior housing planned on Elmira's Southside

From the Star Gazette

A 50-unit affordable-apartment complex for seniors age 55 and older is being proposed on the Southside of Elmira.

CDS Monarch Senior Living, of Webster, hopes to build the senior living development on former Elmira school district practice and athletic fields at 910 Maple Ave., Ben Gustafson, a civil engineer on the project and a principal at Hunt Engineers, told Elmira City Council at its workshop session Thursday.

“There’s been no new affordable housing developments here in over 10 years, and there’s really a strong demand for it,” said Ray Wetherbee, affordable housing manager with CDS Monarch.



Seniors Get Fit At CDS Monarch Senior Living

One of the many great things the residents have at their disposal at CDS Monarch Senior Living is chair exercise classes. It can be difficult to stay fit as we age, but the seniors at our Lewis Wolf Blvd. facility aren't afraid to get to the community room and get their exercises in. This not only helps them to stay in shape, but it also gives them the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. 

Learn more about CDS Monarch Senior Living >>


CDS Monarch Special Olympics Athletes Bring Home Gold Medals

On October 16th and October 17th the New York State Fall Games were held in Glens Falls, New York. Approximately 1,000 athletes and coaches from all points in New York State attended the games. CDS Monarch had 18 athletes and six coaches among the attendees.

The CDS Monarch soccer team came home with a Gold Medal, defeating Buffalo and Hudson Valley to win Division II.



CDS Monarch Health & Wellness Fair

CDS Monarch is excited to announce this year's Health & Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, December 2nd at our Wolf Life Transitions Center, 860 Hard Rd., Webster. Stop by between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to meet with various health and wellness vendors from around the Rochester and Webster area. Vendors will be giving demonstrations and some will be offering samples of their products. You'll even be able to get your flu shot! 

Vendors include: ABVI-Goodwill, American Lung Association, Bayview YMCA, Breast Cancer Coalition, Burke Group, Caricature Art, ESI Group, Jazzercise, LA Fitness, MVP, Personal Training, Project Lean Nation, Rochester Athletic Club, Stokes Acupuncture, Upper Level, WPV.

We hope to see you there!



Halloween at CDS Monarch

Halloween is always an especially festive time at CDS Monarch. Staff and individuals go all out with spiderweb decorations crawling with plastic spiders and, on the day before Halloween, staff and individuals don their best Halloween costumes. The individuals at our Woodside residence, pictured left, did a great job of embracing the Halloween spirit with their costumes. And staff member at the Wolf Life Transitions Center held a Halloween contest.

Ultimately, everyone had a great Halloween!


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! Check out some of our current openings:

Production Supervisor - Provides assistance and direction to employees working at our Unistel facility.

Assistant Residence Manager - Provides day to day support for the individuals at our residences.

Support Specialist - Provides supports and services so the people we serve can become more independent.

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