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ARC of Monroe awarded grant for staff retention, wage increases 

ARC of Monroe awarded grant for staff retention, wage increases 

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The Arc Foundation of Monroe was recently awarded a $100,000 grant by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to fund its Hands of The Arc Staff Preservation Plan. 

Tracy Petrichick

The goals of the Hands of The Arc Staff Preservation Plan are to retain quality staff members in direct care positions, fill staffing vacancies and ensure equal compensation and benefits for direct care staff who are people of color. 

The grant will support wage increases for The Arc’s direct support professional wages, a group that makes up nearly half of the agency’s workforce population. 

“Our success in ‘weathering’ this pandemic storm is in large part due to our direct support staff – dedicated individuals who believe in diversity and inclusion – and are willing to work under stressful conditions,” said Tracy Petrichick, the agency’s president and CEO. “During the circumstances of COVID-19, our DSP staff were going above and beyond their job description each day – striving to decrease vulnerability and fear. Their work each day is vital to keep the people we serve healthy, hopeful and safe.” 

The Arc of Monroe is one of the largest Arc chapters in New York, serving adults with a range of disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, gait abnormalities, blindness, hearing loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  

In other employment news, The Arc of Monroe will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at its facility at 2060 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road, Rochester. 

The organization is hiring for a number of positions including direct support professionals, employment specialists/job coaches, community pre-vocational specialist, transportation drivers, maintenance technicians, LPNs and RNs.  

In addition, there are manufacturing and production job openings at ArcWorks, a division of the Arc of Monroe.  

Registration is not required, but you may reserve your spot by calling or texting (585) 353-9138. 

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