Group Home Residents Enjoy an Evening of Fun

“It was great to see something so simple make so many so happy,” said advisory council member Nonnie Luther. “The smiles on the girls’ faces were a true Christmas gift to me. I appreciated the opportunity to visit with them and the impromptu concert with Santa and Mrs. Claus was a real treat.”

Another council member and Albemarle assistant city manager Michael Ferris added, “My family and I had a wonderful evening and really enjoyed spending time with the residents. It was honestly one of the highlights of our Christmas season.”

The group plans to tour another facility in Stanly County in January in an ongoing effort to learn more about the organization and find ways to bring awareness to the work being done. The advisory council meets monthly and includes twenty members from the community such as fundraisers, development directors, stay-at-home moms, philanthropists, business owners, supported individuals, city managers and those with family members who have disabilities.

Monarch provides support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues throughout North Carolina. Monarch is a nonprofit and is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight” for people living in our communities, please call 1-800-230-7525 or visit online at