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Ahead of the Curve MAY 2016

Expanding Services in Durham County

Inside this issue:

In addition to the Respite services, monthly community events and the Triangle Self-Advocacy Network being offered to Durham County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities [I/DD], The Arc of the Triangle is interested in supporting families in additional ways, to ensure that children and adults I/ DD with are well informed about available services and resources and receiving the best possible supports.

Board of Directors

By Robin Baker, Executive Director

Two recent developments are invaluable in furthering our efforts to be an agency that can be counted on in Durham. December 2015, The Arc of the Triangle moved its Chapel Hill office from downtown to the Chapel Hill/Durham border. Now located at 1709 Legion Road, off 15-501, our hope is that we will be more easily accessible to Durham County residents. This location offers enough space to train and house both Chapel Hill and Durham staff and it is located on the bus line for easy access. As well, after a review of similar services, and the endorsement of the Durham Vocational Rehabilitation Unit Office, we will initiate Employment Services this summer. The Arc in Orange and Wake Counties has a long history of providing the necessary supports so people with I/DD can secure and maintain independence optimizing jobs, and expanding this service into Durham County will not only lead to gainful employment for many people; it will also create a mechanism for us to partner with the community in ensuring the best possible outcomes for the people that we support. Expansion has been a goal of The Arc of the Triangle since the merger. The board of directors and staff acknowledge that we need to grow in Durham County. It is with confidence and optimism that we strive to make this happen. As we move forward we will need your assistance in helping us to know what additional services to the I/DD community may be needed. Please feel free to send us your input. Visit to ask your questions and to provide us with valuable feedback.

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Recruiting at The Arc Support Professional of the Month - May DJ Hunter Meadowmont Housing Update Cooking with Chef Sherry

Dave Woody, President Karen Geringer, Vice President Lia McNeilly, Secretary Janet McLamb, Treasurer Michael Madden, Past President Laura Alden Todd Benware Emmy Boyette-McLean Needham Bryan Prince Bull John Caye Shawn Fisk Joel Williams


Robin Baker, Executive Director Duffy Palmer, Senior Director Lisa Maier, Quality Assurance Director Karen Warner, Human Resources Director Jennifer Pfaltzgraff, Marketing & Communications Director Individual Services: Mike Kirschner Michelle Merritt Maranda Beckwith Ramona Castillo Yolanda Enoch Lukas Parkin Stephanie Smith Employment Services: Susan Swearingen Barb Germiller Laura Guidry Steve Johnson Kathy Mayer Community Programs/Volunteers: Michelle Foy Susan Chandler Administrative Team: Shauna Leng, Finance Manager Marilyn Monroe, Data Specialist Lindsey Smith, HR Administrator Eileen Patrick, Recruiter Kenneth Kelty Joyce Marie Smith

Recruiting at The Arc by Gloria Pisarskaya, UNC Student

An Apex resident, Cary native and NC State graduate, Eileen Patrick had no intention of ever working in Chapel Hill. But after spending more than ten years in retail management and six years as a corporate recruiter, Patrick desired to do something that she felt had a purpose, and for her, the search began and ended in the nonprofit sector. “I knew that I wanted to work in an industry that had more meaning,” she said. “So I was essentially targeting nonprofits.” Patrick stumbled upon The Arc of the Triangle, and applied for the role of staffing coordinator, a position she has now held for over six months. Her work revolves around streamlining the hiring process for The Arc. She is the first person to hold the position. “As staffing coordinator, I assist supervisors who are in charge of our direct care program,” Patrick said. “So I am actually taking the staffing portion of the supervisor’s job … to actually free them up to do more actual one-on-one interaction with their participants and employees. … To handle things that they should be handling, not worrying about recruiting and hiring.” Direct care is The Arc’s largest program, employing about 250 individuals. Patrick’s role is critical to The Arc, as she is responsible for hiring employees who work very closely with over 150 individuals that The Arc of the Triangle supports. She is the initial person to review all potential employee applications, and she interviews promising applicants. An applicant that would likely catch Patrick’s eye is someone who is at least eighteen years old, has earned at least a high school diploma or a GED, lives in an area that is conducive to meet the needs of Arc participants. “Anybody who wants to do it is welcome,” Patrick said. “We really like recruiting college kids…we can really work around a college schedule, and we know they will probably leave us once they graduate, and we’re okay with that because of the impact they’re going to make.” She is frequently looking to new avenues to find and recruit prospective employees to fill direct care staff positions. She enjoys the challenge of trying to find an employee that has the skills necessary to accommodate an Arc participant who may have distinctive requirements. Patrick’s desire to work in a more meaningful industry is met on a daily basis. When she is able to put the pieces together and make a new hire, she feels a sense of accomplishment. “When someone comes in for a job, I know I am helping that person because they need a job and I am also helping a participant that needs staff,” Patrick said. “So I can help two people instantaneously. So to me, that is something to be passionate about. … I love it when I get to meet participants and then I get to say, ‘Hey, I hired somebody for you.’ Or, ‘now I know what to look for.’” “We have a culture and we have a mission that requires our employees … to understand that what they’re doing is important work,” Patrick said. “And the way they do their job really has an impact on a lot of people in the community. It has an impact directly on their participant, their participant’s family.”

Your membership to The

Arc of the Triangle is more important than ever.

Your annual dues help us to:

• offer great community programs in your area. • provide free information, referral and resources to the community. • keep the community up to date on I/DD news and events • partner with other I/DD agencies to maximize community resources. • advocate on the behalf of children and adults with I/DD throughout the Triangle.

Support Professional of the Month April Amy Tamburro for Service Over the many years that Amy Tamburro has worked for The Arc, she has proven to be an outstanding Support Professional. Her pro-activeness and dedication helped improve on the lives of those she supports through The Arc. Her willingness to participate in all aspects of the participants lives has certainly helped with the planning and supports to give those we serve meaningful activities. The families and The Arc appreciate her hard work over the years.

Download our 2014-15 Annual Report today.

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Hunter’s Dreams Are Spinning by Meredith Cohen, UNC Intern

Arc of the Triangle participant Hunter Stanford, 28, is chasing his ambitions and realizing his potential. A lover of music from an early age, Stanford created the soundtrack for the Reality Ministries Talent Show on April 18 at the Carolina Theatre and is taking on a new job at a local radio station, WCHL. For the talent show, Stanford compiled approximately 20 songs on a CD to accompany the acts and to play during transition periods between the acts. He used songs by artists such as OutKast, The Temptations and Fleetwood Mac. Since Stanford is an experienced DJ, assembling the mix tape was a breeze for him, as he is familiar with the technology. He also took song requests from his friends who participated in the show. Stanford enjoyed spending time backstage during the production and watching his friends perform to the album he put together. During intermission, he was honored for his work and received a loud round of applause from the audience.

The Arc of the Triangle Meadowmont Apartments By: Caroline Gobble

For nearly two years, Meadowmont has been a collaborative housing project for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by The Arc of the Triangle and The Arc of North Carolina. In July 2014, The Arc of the Triangle opened the apartment building, which consists of six separate units and a common room. The architectural design of the building’s exterior allows for it to blend in nicely with the rest of the neighborhood. Not only do The Arc apartments aesthetically blend in, but so do the tenants living there. For many of them, this is their first time living on their own. Some of them work at businesses in Meadowmont such as Harris Teeter and Café Carolina. They can walk to places, and they have easy access to public transportation.

This month, Stanford is also embarking on a journey at WCHL. Having completed his orientation on April 5, he looks forward to helping out at the station by assisting in the production room, shadowing pre-show work and eventually recording promos and spots, while at the same time handling a variety of day-to-day duties. Hunter also is a DJ for other Reality Ministry Events and Extraordinary Ventures Friday Night Live shows. He also works for EV Laundry.

Lisa Maier, The Arc of the Triangle’s Quality Assurance Director, explained that tenants must go through an application process in conjunction with HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They must have a disability to qualify and meet certain financial requirements. In less than 2 years, the demand for the apartments has continued to grow, with a current waiting list of 60 people. Currently, the apartments have 8 residents. Maier said they have only had one resident move out since the opening in 2014. “The apartments have been such a nice addition. I am more involved with them than I thought I ever would be and am really enjoying working with the residents,” said Maier. She also extends a huge thanks to the Meadowmont community, “we appreciate the support to be able to build an apartment complex and how accommodating and welcoming the neighborhood has been.”

What’s Cooking with Chef Sherry By Meredith Cohen, UNC Intern

This month’s spotlight is on Chef Sherry Anscher, who spearheads the Arc of the Triangle’s weekly cooking class at the Hargraves Community Center in Chapel Hill. If you ask anyone at The Arc, whether a particiapnt, staff member or volunteer, Anscher’s energy and dedication to her role and to the nonprofit organization as a whole is noteworthy. Not only do members of The Arc recognize her outstanding work, but she also serves as a role model within the greater Triangle Area community at large. Chef Sherry is originally from Gloucester, Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied radiation technology. Before relocating to North Carolina in 1984, she married her fiancé, Mitch, and took a job as an X-ray technician after she moved. Anscher eventually stopped working to spend more time with her family and take care of her three kids. Little did she know that in just a few years, she would meet Susan Chandler, Assistant Director of Volunteer Services at The Arc of the Triangle. Anscher met Chandler at a mother’s group gathering and the two have remained friends ever since. Chandler convinced her to get involved at The Arc and help out one day at cooking class. The next thing she knew, Anscher was the volunteer-to-be head chef, partly thanks to Chandler’s encouraging. As Chandler points out, “My friend Sherry volunteered to come in and do a lesson on cooking traditional Hanukkah food. And from then on my friend Sherry became the beloved Chef Sherry that The Arc cooking class knows today.” Anscher’s passion for cooking comes from her mother, who was a true inspiration to Anscher and a remarkable chef and baker. What she admired about her mother was that she never completely followed recipes, but rather improvised to make delicious meals. One dish Anscher distinctly remembers is her mother’s spaghetti’s sauce. She used fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions and meat to form a delectable concoction that would sit and gather flavor for three days. The smell permeated the house, lingering and wafting from the kitchen. One batch was enough for 16 jars, so Anscher’s family would can the sauce and save it for later occasions. In preparing for the weekly cooking class, Anscher tries to find recipes that she thinks participants can replicate, either on their own or with the help of a care provider, such as grilled cheese and tomato soup and scrambled eggs. When instructing the class, Chef Sherry shares background anecdotes on the different dishes, especially if they originated in different countries. In addition, she incorporates trivia and other fun facts into her lesson plans and educates her audience on basic information regarding nutrition and food groups. One of her favorite recipes she has taught thus far is baked egg rolls. Although they do not sound particularly appetizing, Anscher claims they were a huge hit and fun for participants to make because they could insert the filling and assemble the rolls with their hands. And of course, there were plenty of leftovers for the class to enjoy. Every third week, the class prepares a low-calorie dessert for Meals on Wheels, which emphasizes the importance of giving back to the community. Chef Sherry takes great satisfaction in interacting with the participants, volunteers and caregivers, about 20 to 30 of whom attend her class every week. She has become close friends with regular attendees, who she calls her “kids”, and she loves the fact that they keep her on her toes and make her laugh. Tuesdays at the Hargraves Community Center are something to look forward to, as everyone who attends genuinely enjoys her class and loves learning and socializing with other people in the group. Chef Sherry is anticipating a more relaxed summer schedule that will allow for time to plan educational field trips for her students. Moreover, Anscher has goals for future improvements of her class.

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