SIS garden project receives national grant

Additionally, a garden advisory committee comprised of people supported and families, Stanly residents, elected officials, the N.C. Cooperative Extension and representatives from various organizations have been instrumental in helping to provide oversight as well as community involvement and participation. Those people and their affiliations are:


Jeff Reives – N.C. Cooperative Extension, Roger Thomas – Stanly County Christian Ministries, Sandy Hendrick – Monarch staff member, Benny Benjamin, person supported at Monarch, Kathy Gardner   Stanly Community College, Kim Thompson – parent of person supported and member of the Monarch Board of Directors, and Martha Sue Hall – Albemarle City Council.

This garden project has truly been a community effort. In addition to support from the advisory committee, Monarch has received 25 tons of washed granite screenings from Vulcan Materials Company in Gold Hill that will be used as a base for the pavilion. Additionally, Monarch received a $7,000 award from the United Way of Stanly County last year for the Albemarle garden project.

The Albemarle garden is one of three that Monarch will develop across the state. Monarch held a large public groundbreaking for the garden last November.

Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit