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October 11, 2017

Supporting Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Dr. Mahmood (Mike) Usman, a psychiatrist and Medical Director for NHS in the western region, has been performing disaster response work for the past 15 years. For a week in September, Dr. Usman was in and around Houston, TX helping with the recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey. He worked with Team Rubicon, a disaster response and community service organization largely composed of veterans. Dr. Usman is a Pittsburgh City Coordinator for Team Rubicon. One of the places he helped to restore was Halter, Inc., a farm that trains horses as Pet Therapy animals for special needs children. Dr. Usman won't have much time to rest since he is scheduled to deploy to Puerto Rico in October to assist with the recovery efforts from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Thank you, Dr. Usman, for your support!

Supporting Victims of Hurricane Harvey

October 11, 2017

Fourth Annual Community Health Fair

The Fourth Annual Community Health Fair at NHS Delaware County, held on October 5, included free health screenings, healthy foods, and more than 45 vendors that provided literature on positive lifestyle tips, resources, and giveaway items to attendees. There was also a yoga instructor, a massage therapist, and fun fall-themed activities for kids. In addition to the Health Fair, tours of the Sharon Hill facility were provided to attendees to showcase the success of the integrated care model, where clients have the ability to see a primary care physician, a psychiatrist and a therapist in one location. CEO Joe Martz and VP of Children’s Services Malcolm Musgrove welcomed those in attendance and introduced District Attorney Jack Whelan. The DA reminded attendees the importance of behavioral health services for the community.

Special thanks to all the staff at NHS Delaware County who helped facilitate the Fair, to the vendors for their participation, and to the local police station for their support and for keeping everyone safe!

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October 3, 2017

Lehigh Valley CAG Supports Victims of Hurricane Irma

The NHS Lehigh Valley IDD Program held its first Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) meeting on September 21 at the Slatington Home. This CAG includes individuals from residential and Life Sharing programs. The group's first agenda item was to discuss ways to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. Kenisha Merchant, a staff member, has family that was affected by the hurricane, so everyone pitched in and donated items to send. Great job, Lehigh Valley CAG!

Lehigh Valley CAG Supports Victims of Hurricane Irma
Lehigh Valley CAG Supports Victims of Hurricane Irma
Lehigh Valley CAG Supports Victims of Hurricane Irma
October 3, 2017

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is Here!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is Here! October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is Inclusion Drives Innovation. Everyone has abilities, and through diverse abilities we can experience innovation to propel us forward. What can YOU do to celebrate NDEAM? Share your celebrations of NDEAM with Theresia.Kody@nhsonline.org. Throughout the month, we’ll share resources on how you can increase awareness about this campaign!
This week’s resources include:

October 3, 2017

NHS Participates in Bridges Out of Poverty

For the fifth year in a row, the management team at NHS Pocono Mountain Center provided dinner for participants at Pocono Alliance in the Bridges out of poverty program on September 27. Approximately 50 people were given a hot meal, with additional meals provided to take home. This act of kindness has become an annual event for NHS Pocono Mountain Center. Great job, team!

NHS Participates in Bridges Out of Poverty
October 3, 2017

2017 Friends of NHS/AVS Golf Open

The 26th Annual Friends of NHS Allegheny Valley School Golf Open was held on Monday, September 18 at Chartiers Country Club. A golf scramble was enjoyed by 129 golfers while raising funds to support NHS/AVS programs and honoring Blackburn’s/Har-kel as the 2017 AVS CHAMPion. Event chairperson Rick Mongiovi, of Mongiovi and Son, brought many new golfers and friends to the event which helped us to exceed our goal! Support from sponsors, golfers, underwriters, donors and auction participants resulted in more than $136,000 in proceeds from the day! Net proceeds from the event are contributed to the Capital Development Fund and will help NHS/AVS to maintain and improve the services it provides to nearly 850 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Pennsylvania.

Before the golfers teed off, members of the NHS/AVS Pittsburgh Campus Choir performed the National Anthem. Rick then led everyone in a golf towel wave as the carts took to the course. The sunny day kept golfers in good spirits as they participated in contests around the course. New this year was a twist on a putting contest. Golfers were blind folded and listened to a sound machine next to the hole. Throughout the day, 13 golfers made a hole-in-one on the blindfolded contest. During dinner, the AVS CHAMPion Award was presented to Blackburn’s/Har-kel. The AVS CHAMPion Award recognizes those who go above and beyond to promote and support NHS/AVS. Ron Rukas and Skip Katich from the Blackburn’s/Har-kel team accepted the award on behalf of the company. 

Golf prizes were given at the conclusion of the evening. Congratulations to all the winners of the day!

  • 1st place team (score of 58) Mamaux Supply: Frank Lodovico, John Lodovico and Tony Aucuri
  • 2nd place team (score of 59) CentiMark: Jim Gasper, John Heisey, Dennis When, and Mark Rubenstein
  • 3rd place team (score of 59) Dollar Bank: Jim Wheeler, Gennaro DiBello, Tom Bakaitus and George Hric
  • Longest Drive: Dan Martin and Michelle Miller
  • Straightest Dive: Justin Skerbetz
  • Longest Putt: Jeff Holzerland
  • Closest to the Pin: Gary Rudzik
  • Putting Contest: Ron Rukas

We are so grateful to all who made the 2017 Friends of NHS Allegheny Valley School Golf Open a huge success.

September, 2017

Thank You, NHS Direct Support Professionals!

NHS Allegheny County celebrated DSP Week in September with “baskets of sunshine” for the Day Program, and pizza for the homes in appreciation of their hard work and support for the individuals in their care. Anna Broadus and Sena Basel enjoy pizza, and Royale Barnett shows off the treat she received from management.

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The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities program at NHS Woodland Center celebrated their Direct Support Professionals during DSP week with gifts and cards of appreciation from individuals they support.

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In celebration of Direct Support Professionals Week, the IDD Philadelphia Waiver Programs at NHS/AVS and NHS TAIG management team made gifts of appreciation for more than 600 employees. The bags of goodies included: Tootsie Rolls, Life Savers, Rice Crispy Treats, and “Thank you” phone stylus pens. A card was enclosed with each bag saying “Thank you for the Roll you play; You are a Life Saver; Working with you is a Treat!!!” All gifts were hand-delivered to the dedicated and incredible DSPs working within NHS homes and day programs.

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NHS High Point Center celebrates Direct Support Professionals' Week at DuBois City Park. Joined by individuals they serve, the DSPs enjoyed brunch and other tasty treats to show our deep appreciation for the work that they do every day! NHS High Point Center is privileged to have such a devoted team of DSP’s and we thank them for their continued hard work, dedication, and commitment in supporting our individuals and upholding the NHS core values! Keep up the GREAT work!

Thank You, NHS Direct Support Professionals!


The Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) at NHS Capital Region thanked the DSPs that work in the residential and family living programs by decorating, putting together, and delivering snack bags to staff that work in the programs. The CAB meets monthly to plan activities, such as the annual Christmas Party and Spring Fling Dance. They also plan service projects including collecting food for food pantries, making care packages for community helpers such as fireman and hospitals. They also attend events on Trauma Informed Care and the NHS bowling tournament.

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September 26, 2017

NHS School Harrisburg and Stepping Stones Fall Open House

The NHS School Harrisburg School and Stepping Stones Program celebrated the beginning of fall with an Open House, where they welcomed families, stakeholders and community members to tour the programs offered. The Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce helped to kick off the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Heather Magaro, Senior Director of Clinical Operations spoke to the crowd, “We are extremely grateful to be able to serve and be a part of this community. Thank you to everyone who came out today to support our programs”.

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NHS School Harrisburg and Stepping Stones Fall Open House NHS School Harrisburg and Stepping Stones Fall Open House
September 26, 2017

Visit to the Art Museum

Members of the Bucks and Montgomery Counties Consumer Advisory Group visited the Philadelphia Art Museum in August. The group enjoyed eating dinner at Boat House Row and admired the art work at the museum. To commemorate the day, the group posed for some great photos outside the museum. Members said that their favorite part of the museum were the armor and swords, spending a large amount of time admiring the details on all pieces.

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September 7, 2017

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week – September 10 – 16!

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week – September 10 – 16! NHS thanks all Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and staff who work in direct-care positions, for your continuous and tireless efforts to support the individuals we provide services for on a daily basis! Your commitment to more than 50,000 individuals and families does not go unrecognized and NHS is extremely fortunate to have you as part of our team!

Last week, Governor Wolf signed Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability’s (PAR) Gubernatorial Proclamation declaring September 10-16, 2017 to be Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. View the proclamation on PAR's Facebook and Twitter! We are excited that Governor Wolf has recognized this week again as a way to honor our incredible DSPs!

Each of you goes above and beyond your daily responsibilities to show how you embrace the NHS mission, vision, and core values. NHS appreciates the compassion and dedication you show to individuals in our care every single day. There will be events next week recognizing you and your hard work, and we are excited to share these celebrations across the company and on social media. Please remember to send your stories and pictures of celebration to Communications@nhsonline.org so that they can be included in an upcoming newsletter!

Keep up the great work that you do every day and remember our commitment to help one individual at a time!