Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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

Rochester, N.Y. – Oct. 7, 2015 – 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.”

“Nucor Auburn is pleased to support Warrior Salute and the Nucor House in Rochester,” Nucor Auburn E-Commerce Supervisor Diane Schillawski said. Schillawski and her team organized the golf tournament and presented the check to Warrior Salute. “After visiting both facilities and meeting with some of the Veterans in the program and those who have graduated, it was clear as to what we needed to do: Raise funds for our Veterans for their rehabilitative needs. A team at our division set forth to host a successful sponsorship campaign and tournament by contacting Nucor Auburn vendors and community organizations asking for their assistance. Their support is what made this possible. We look forward to continuing these efforts next year.”

Warrior Salute, a service of CDS Monarch, helps Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma, regain their lives by providing quality clinical and rehabilitative therapies, employment opportunities and temporary housing.

CDS Monarch assists People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Veterans, and Seniors to live and thrive in their communities, by delivering high-quality, personalized life planning and transition support.

Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel—in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferroalloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America's largest recycler.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Staff Highlight: Theresa Collett

Theresa Collett has worked at CDS Monarch since 2002. She started as a Support Specialist at our Park Circle residence and then became residence manager in 2004. Now, Theresa manages Park Circle, Embury Road, and is filling in at Woodside. Theresa's responsibilities include providing oversight of the staff and ensuring the individual's needs are met.

"Theresa is one of the most versatile leaders we have," VP of Community Living Operations Andrew Sewnauth said. "She mentors other managers, maintains excellent compliance, and assists others in their own career development. It is a privilege to work alongside her and see her heart for the individuals."

Heather Stenshorn, Residence Manager at Stafford Road and Matthew Drive, said Theresa is a great manager and helps new managers acclimate to their role.

Theresa said her favorite part of working at CDS Monarch is "coming in every morning and knowing I make a difference." 

Theresa also offered some advice to CDS Monarch staff, saying, "Take the initiative, work together, and get to know the individuals to provide the best quality support."

In her free time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and playing poker.

Thank you, Theresa, for your hard work and dedication!

Friday, October 2, 2015

CDS Monarch's Kenny M. - Actor, Special Olympics Athlete, and now, Model

Kenny shows off his featured photo at the George Eastman House
Kenny, actor and Special Olympics athlete for CDS Monarch, was featured as part of a collaboration between the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film and renowned photographer Rick Guidotti.

Congratulations, Kenny!

Click here to see what Kenny had to say about the experience!

Monday, September 28, 2015

CDS Monarch Special Olympics Soccer Team Brings Home the Silver

The Special Olympics Super Regional Soccer Tournament was held on Saturday, September 26th at Total Sports Experience in Rochester. CDS Monarch had one team and four skills athletes participating. There were athletes from three other regions other than our Genesee Region: Central (Syracuse Area), Western (Buffalo area) and Southern Tier (Binghamton).

The four skill athletes for CDSM were Wayne P., who earned a Gold Medal, Chris C., and David M., who earned Silver medals, and Kris W., who earned a Bronze Medal. The skills were coached by John Housel.

The CDSM soccer team earned the Silver Medal in the Division One class. The team consisted of Marc D., Pam D., Lauren D., Matt G.d, Eric J., Kenny K., Colby M., Justin P., Mike T., Ryan T., and Amanda V. The team was coached by George Vito, Ed Mosta, and Dave Roberts.

Congratulations to CDS Monarch athletes!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WHEC Rochester: Helping vets with depression and suicide

From WHEC Rochester:

"September is Suicide Awareness Month.

Tuesday, we focused on veterans because research shows they have a 63 percent higher risk of suicide once they get out of the military than those who remain enlisted.

We have a local agency ready to reach out and help those veterans who are struggling. We spoke with Chad Curtis, the development manager of the Warrior Salute Program and John Elliott -- the clinical coordinator -- about the issue."

Watch the video here.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Staff Highlight: Michelle Tucker

Michelle Tucker has worked at CDS Monarch since November 2013. She started as an administrative assistant for Human Resources but has since become the Assistant to the President/CEO / Executive Office Manager. Michelle's daily tasks include managing the day-to-day operations of the president/CEO's office, scheduling for the president/CEO, and handling meeting coordination. Michelle also supports the board of directors and the other CDS Monarch executives in addition to supervising two other staff members.

"Michelle is kind, considerate, compassionate, and she is highly productive," CDS Monarch President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth said. "I know I can rely on her to run the office efficiently."

Ann Roller, whom Michelle supervises, said, "She does so much for everyone and truly assists with managing the Executive offices at CDS Monarch. She is so thoughtful and kind in even the most stressful situations and is always willing to lend a hand. Her leadership and guidance are always kind, to the point, and supportive."

Michelle said her favorite part about working at CDS Monarch is "being in the thick of things. I have the opportunity to be part of the changes and decisions made to ensure the agency meets our mission. I enjoy being part of the process. It's an exciting office to be part of."

In terms of advice, Michelle said, "I believe that kindness matters. At the end of the day we all want to feel that what we do and who we are matters, so I try to interact with people and be attentive and do my job well so the people we serve can feel that way.

"I view my job as a customer-service oriented job. The other staff members are my customers; the people attending the events I plan are my customers, so I try to provide the best customer service I can. I believe that everybody's job is important. Everyone's job is valuable."

In her free time, Michelle enjoys being a mom to her 9-year-old daughter, Aubrey, going to the movies, watching television with strong writing and three-dimensional characters, gardening, and spending time with her English bulldog, Winston, and her pug, Otis.

Thank you, Michelle, for all your hard work and dedication to what we do!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CDS Monarch Special Olympics Teams Bring Home Silver Medals at Bocce Tournament

CDS Monarch Special Olympic athletes participated in the Super Regional Bocce Tournament on Saturday, September 12th at the Toccolana Club in Rome, New York.

CDS Monarch had four teams competing, along with other Special Olympians from the Genesee Region, Central Region (Syracuse), the Capital Region (Albany) and the Southern Tier Region (Binghamton).

All four of our teams earned the silver medal in their respective divisions.

Team A - Coach: Anto Beslic
John B.
Lauren D.
Steve G.
David M.

Team B - Coach: John Housel
Ken M.
Josh M.
Craig N.
Wayne P.

Team C - Coach: Karen Warden
Eric J.
Kevin M.
Mike T.
Kris W.

Team D - Coach: Bill Warden
Pam D.
David P.

Special Olympics is currently into soccer practice with the tournament on Saturday, September 26th, followed by the New York State Fall Games on October 16th and 17th in Glens Falls, New York.

Bowling practice begins Sunday, October 4th at Empire Lanes in Webster from noon to 2:00 p.m. with the tournament November 7th.

If you're interested in volunteering at the Special Olympics please contact Bill Warden.