Robert, known by most as "RJ", has been a part of the CDS Monarch family for the past 17 years, and has spent all that time working with deaf individuals at the Culver Road residence. He teaches them how to cook, and has helped many of them develop their language skills using American Sign Language (ASL). He also passes meds, maintains communication with family members, and plans outings and trips for the individuals. RJ also served as the Assistant Residence Manager at Culver from 2003-2007, in addition to teaching ASL to staff members at Blossom and a few other sites. However, some of RJ's fondest memories are of the times he spent with the individuals at Camp Haccamo, where they participated in numerous activities, including swimming, fishing, dances, hiking, bonfires and more.

"RJ is always engaged and interacting with the individuals he works with," stated Ajaleah Bobowski, Activities Coordinator. He is always smiling and has such a caring way about him. He makes everyone around him feel comfortable and at ease."

"I really enjoy communicating with the individuals," says RJ. "When I first started, some of them had no language skills, and after working with them, I have seen many of them improve their ASL and be able to answer questions and use humor in their conversations. I enjoy helping them overcome the challenges they face."

RJ recommends that you come to work with a "pleasant, positive attitude and have a good time while you're working. It is important to create a family-like atmosphere for the individuals." He also encourages staff to learn ASL and become familiar with deaf culture.

When RJ isn't working he enjoys kayaking, camping, and gardening. He grows vegetables and herbs, and likes to share them with the individuals at Culver when they cook. Thank you RJ for your dedication to the individuals at CDS Monarch all these years!
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