CDS Monarch’s Without Walls, which provides opportunities for drama, music and art therapy, recently partnered with the Genesee Community College human services department.

The collaboration will feature memory and problem-solving games created by GCC students and played by individuals from CDS Monarch, which assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, veterans and seniors.

“This partnership between Genesee Community College and the people we serve will provide valuable experience for the students while continuing the growing and learning process of our individuals,” said Sankar Sewnauth, CDS Monarch president/CEO. “By working together, the GCC students are able to exercise the skills they may very well use in a similar employment situation, and the people we serve can continue to grow and make connections in the community.”

“For the Human Services program to be able to invite participants of CDS Monarch’s Without Walls program to engage with our students on campus takes this opportunity to a new level,” said James Myers, instructor of human services and drug and alcohol studies at GCC. “The participants of the Without Walls program get to experience new places, events and people not possible in traditional agency programs. This allows participants to engage in the communities around them in a productive and exciting way. For the students of our Introduction to Human Services program here at GCC, they get to apply and practice concepts and ideas learned in the classroom in a very real way.”

CDS Monarch visits GCC from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

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