CDS Monarch is one of more than 40 agencies that make up I-Circle Services. It's an entity that works together providing services and programs for the developmentally disabled.
CDS Monarch has an annual operating budget of $33 million. The Governor is proposing a six percent across the board cut for not-for-profit agencies.
CDS Monarch stands to lose nearly $2 million in state funding on top of a seven percent cut over the last two years.
"It's really concerning to us that the trend is going in a direction where you have to worry about the quality of services. We've made a commitment to the individuals we serve and we're not going to compromise that, but it makes out task so difficult," said Sankar Sewnauth, CDS Monarch President & CEO.
CDS Monarch provides job training for some 200 individuals with developmental disabilities. It prepares them for future employment and an opportunity to earn a wage.
Some of the job training is in assembly and packaging. CDS Monarch has contracted with Harris RF Communications for more than 15 years.
Joann Steffenhagen has worked for nearly a year assembling parts for military radios. These jobs give people with developmental disabilities a sense of purpose.
"It makes me more responsible and I feel confident. I feel confident going out in the workforce," said Joann.