CDS Monarch Connection

June 2015

Issue #10

CEO Corner

Greetings!

I hope you are enjoying the warm weather. It seems that another month has flown by, and now we are into June. Nearly half of the year has gone, and we have celebrated many successes, with still more to come.

In April we unveiled our newest Senior Living facility right next to our Wolf Life Transitions Center, allowing us to provide housing and a sense of community to even more seniors who need it. Additionally, we hosted our 6th Annual Autism Awareness Fair at the end of April, where friends and family came to enjoy fun and games while also helping to spread awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

During the month of May we celebrated National Military Appreciation Month, recognizing our service men and women through a variety of events and activities. While we acknowledge and support our military year round, this was a great opportunity to really show how much we care.

Also, several companies in the Rochester area participated in the annual United Way of Greater Rochester Day of Caring. I would like to express my thanks to the six teams who helped out with gardening and spring cleaning projects at a few of our residences and day services sites.

I wish everyone a safe, fun start to summer. Please stay in touch with us, we would love to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Sankar Sewnauth
President/CEO

Events

Create Art 4 Good Welcomes the Art of Veterans at Warrior Salute
June 13th: 10:00 - 3:00
Create Art 4 Good
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Country Shindig Dance
June 19th
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Wolf Center
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Family Education & Training: Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Disabilities
June 23rd
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wolf Center
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The Wolf Foundation Rochester Rhinos Fundraiser
July 18th
7:00 p.m.
Wolf Center
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Check out the entire CDS Monarch Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.

 

CDS Monarch Senior Living Grand Opening

CDS Monarch celebrated the grand opening of its second Senior Living facility on the morning of Tuesday, April 21st. Despite the wind and colder temperatures, nearly 100 guests came out to commemorate the event. After a few words by President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth, and several board members and politicians, the ceremonial ribbon was cut and everyone came inside to tour the new facility.

This new building contains 50 apartments: five units are fully accessible for persons with physical disabilities, two units are fully adapted for persons with visual or hearing disabilities, and all other units are adaptable. Fifteen units have been set aside for seniors with physical or developmental disabilities.

We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made this project a reality!

View photos from the event >>

Read the press release >>

 

The Harley School Hosts The Dance Connection

The Dance Connection, a group of individuals from CDS Monarch's Day Services, performed at The Harley School in Rochester. The school's third grade class danced alongside them to choreographed songs, with big smiles and lots of enthusiasm.

The Dance Connection went to the Harley school twice a week to practice with the students, and dance instructor Susan Ware took them through the creative process of coming up with the dances.

At the conclusion of the performance, the students hugged and shook hands with the individuals, making comments such as "You're a really good dancer," "I don't want to stop," and "I will miss you!"

The dance was a fantastic opportunity not only for the individuals, but also for the students and parents to make new friends and have a great time.

 

Individual Transitions to Independent Living

Frank D., one of the individuals to whom CDS Monarch provides services, recently transitioned from living at the Turk Hill Road residence to our new CDS Monarch Senior Living community on Hard Road. Frank moved April 1st and is enjoying his new home. While he enjoyed residing at Turk, he is excited about living on his own, in an independent community apartment.

Congratulations, Frank!

Rochester United Way Day of Caring

Companies from all around Rochester participated in the United Way Day of Caring in which volunteers spread across the city to help out at various organizations. Several companies volunteered at six of CDS Monarch's sites, including five residences and one day services site. The teams helped spruce the sites up by cleaning, gardening and organizing, among other things. 

CDS Monarch would like to thank and recognize Xerox, Oppenheimer Funds, Thompson Reuters, Family First Federal Credit Union and Haley & Aldrich for helping us out.

 

Warrior Salute™ and Veterans Outreach Center Host Art Show

Veterans from Warrior Salute™ and the Veterans Outreach Center held a month-long, joint art show, which opened Friday, April 3rd at Our House Gallery in Rochester. The venue, which is owned by the VOC, was packed for the three-hour opening, and the veterans were both excited and proud to have their artwork featured. A joint piece entitled "Coalition" (pictured above) was in part painted by Warrior Salute™ veterans, and then completed by the VOC veterans.

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6th Annual Autism Awareness Fair

CDS Monarch held its 6th Annual Autism Awareness Fair Friday, April 29th at the Wolf Center. Families enjoyed various games and activities including a bounce house, face painting, an interactive iPad/tech display, among others. Various items and gifts were given away in a silent auction, including tickets to Darien Lake and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Check our Facebook for more photos.

 

Individuals Perform in Honor of National Military Appreciation Month

On May 4th, the individuals at Hard Road Day Services expressed their gratitude to our Veterans in honor of National Military Appreciation Month through a concert they put together themselves. These individuals worked extremely hard at preparing a variety of patriotic songs to sing for our Veterans. Some of the songs included “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” “God Bless America,” and the National Anthem. They even worked together to rewrite the lyrics to Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” and turned it into a song about America! Two individuals wrote poems that showed their appreciation for the military and America. While the folks in the day program put this concert together themselves, music therapist, Molly Pow, worked with them to make it a complete success.

Read more >>

 

Individuals Bring Home Medals in Special Olympics Tournaments

The College at Brockport hosted the Genesee Region Special Olympics Super Regional, Saturday, April 18th. Thirty-eight training clubs participated from the Genesee Region, Southern Tier Region, Western Region and from Canada.

CDS Monarch had one team and five individuals competing.

Read the results >>

The Webster Aquatics Center hosted the Genesee Region Special Olympics Aquatic Tournament was held on Saturday, April 25th. Approximately 150 swimmers completed, and CDS Monarch had 12 swimmers in the tournament. 

The CDS Monarch team was coached by Karen Warden, Armand Galluccci, Sharon Vito, John Housel and Bill Warden.

Read the results >>

26 CDS Monarch athletes participated in the Genesee Region Special Olympics Track and Field Tournament Saturday, May 2nd at York Central Schools.

View the results >>

 

Heroes Home Advantage Visits Veterans

On Monday, May 4th, Michele Ladd, CEO of Heroes Home Advantage brought in lunch and spoke to Warrior Salute Veterans about their home-buying options as they transition back to civilian life. Heroes Home Advantage is a group of realtors, lenders and others dedicated to giving cash back, credit and discounts when a Veteran buys, sells or refinances a home.

Thank you, Michele!

Individuals Participate in Talent Show

CDS Monarch individuals put on a talent show Wednesday, May 27th and the Wolf Life Transitions Center. They showed off their dancing and singing skills, and everyone who participated received a certificate.

Thanks for a great show, guys!

 

Calling All Volunteers

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 help out at the event. These individuals are the key to making this such a successful event year after year. The next committee is Tuesday, June 16th at 4 p.m. at CDS Monarch's Wolf Life Transitions Center (860 Hard Road, Webster).

Proceeds from the event will benefit community living opportunities for people with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities, as well as help fund transitional services for Veterans in Warrior Salute™. Send an email to TeeingOff@cdsmonarch.org to learn more about how you can get involved!

 

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:

Payroll Assistant - Assists with payrolls and accounts payable functions to CDS Monarch.

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

Registered Nurse - Provides nursing services to individuals, consultation, and any required clinical supervision related to nursing.

See more at www.cdsmonarch.org/careers.

 

AmazonSmile - Give Back While You Shop

Amazon recently launched its newest service, AmazonSmile, another way for people to give to their favorite charities and not-for-profit organizations. When you buy items marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile Donation," Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to a charity or 501(c)(3) organization of your choice—at no cost to you—and CDS Monarch is on the list.

You already shop on Amazon, so why not shop the same but also give back? Consider shopping at smile.amazon.com and selecting CDS Monarch as your charitable donation organization.

Learn more about AmazonSmile >>

 

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