ARC Honors Residence Managers

ARC of Rockland honored its residence managers at its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony Friday in Congers

ARC of Rockland's residence managers face a variety of challenges in providing save environments for people with developmental disabilities.

"Each Resident manager is charged with making an ARC house into a home," ARC of Rockland Executive Director Karyl Caplan said. "As we know, a home is far more than rooms with furnishings.

"We count on them to display their authority and capability under the best and worst of circumstances. We expect them to be consistent, always on their toes."

To honor the way they handle those changes, the ARC of Rockland presented its 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to its 28 residence managers Friday in an event that had been postponed due to snow Jan. 16.

"Dr. King spent his lifetime advocating for equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all people," Caplan said. "This year rather tha single out just a few worthy individuals for this honor, we decided we would honor a group of some very exceptional men and women who are very important part of ARC. For the 28 residents managers are here with us today. They, thankfullyl for all of us, have chosen careers that truly emulate the attributes of Dr. King. I am very proud we are all here today to honor them."

The ARC of Rockland offers assistance for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Housing is just one of the services offered.

The 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award recipients are:

  • Arlene Newland (Monsey)
  • Altreisha Shoneye (Pomona)
  • Sylvie Ringuet (Monsey)
  • Andrea Remy (Spring Valley)
  • Florence Okombo (Middletown)
  • Shirley Tankashan (Bergenfield, NJ)
  • Sue Bencivenga (Spring Valley)
  • Lodeen Wellington (Spring Valley)
  • Carol Fiorillo (Cornwall)
  • Maura Blake (Orangeburg)
  • Alicia Noel (New City)
  • Basil Aaron (Pomona)
  • Tonja Willis (Spring Valley)
  • Beatrice Laurien-Honorius (Monsey)
  • Zendora Armstrong (Garnerville)
  • Miraline Rivera (Yonkers)
  • Violet Ann Pflugbeil (Nyack)
  • Tracy Grimsley (Middletown)
  • James Legerme (South Nyack)
  • Alicia Chambers-Brown (Spring Valley)
  • Erin Monahan (Ft. Montgomery)
  • Gloria Key (Spring Valley)
  • Dorothy Francois (Spring Valley)
  • Alice Anderson (Spring Valley)
  • Lillian Wolk (Stony Point)
  • Jason Hopper (Congers)
  • Janice Vincenzo (Newburgh)
  • Christine Welch (Nyack)
Keery Hillsin February 01, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The employees who work hands-on with the patients day in and day out should be the ones honored. It is 2013, it is time for CHANGE...ARC needs to honor the staff, not the schedulers who barely know their residents. :( and thumbs down to ARC.
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day February 01, 2013 at 10:35 PM
As a proud Foundation Board member for ARC, I was most happy to be there to celebrate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award's ceremony, and show the gratitude of the Rockland community on behalf of the legislature to the award winners.
Frances Stanton February 02, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Those managers work extremely hard, one on one with the clients,and also cooking, driving, and making sure each shift is covered. If there is no one to cover that shift, then they do it. They do not have an easy job, but it is a very rewarding job! They deserve all the credit they get!!!!!!!!! Thanks managers. I will never meet such a great bunch of people anywhere!!!


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