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August 31, 2017

September is National Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities. Visit www.recoverymonth.gov for more information and resources about National Recovery Month.

September is National Recovery Month

August 31, 2017

Planting Seeds of Small Business Expansion

Planting Seeds of Small Business ExpansionCongratulations to Phil Hughes, III, son of NHS Parent Board and Foundation Board member Philip Hughes, Jr. for his entrepreneurial foresight to enhance economic development that benefits farmers in Africa. Phil’s company, Mavuno Harvest, won the Food/Restaurant category of the 2017 Stellar StartUps competition.

Visit www.philly.com to read how Phil began his journey of developing a small business selling dried fruit here in America that would have gone to waste.

August 22, 2017

New Veterans Program Opens at Fresh Start

The Fresh Start Foundation, an NHS affiliate that provides services to Veterans, opened its new program for Veterans in Philadelphia on July 5. In partnership with the Michael J. Crescenz Medical Center (formally the Philadelphia VA), this 45 bed emergency housing and case management program provides residential and supportive services for men and women who have proudly served our country. This new program makes Fresh Start the largest provider of Veterans housing and case management services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and among the largest in the country.

Fresh Start estimates that this program will provide housing for approximately 150 Veterans annually. When combined with other Fresh Start programs, NHS will serve approximately 525 Veterans in the next year. Fresh Start Executive Director Jeff Pittner and Program Director Jermaine Graham thank everyone at NHS who helped with real estate acquisition, facilities management, accounting, administrative tasks, and business operations processes, as well as the executive leadership team for their support and guidance.

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August 22, 2017

Team Building Event Held in Pittsburgh

Team Building Event Held in Pittsburgh Amanda Thomas, administrator at NHS/AVS, recently hosted an event for managers from the community group homes she oversees at IQ Escape Pittsburgh! The crew worked together to successfully crack the code within the time limit provided. “It was a fantastic day of teambuilding,” commented Amanda. “I was happy to be able to spend time with my colleagues doing something unique and really fun!” Amanda oversees 15 homes in Allegheny and Beaver Counties.

August 14, 2017

Representative Nelson Visits NHS Twin Lakes

State Representative Eric Nelson visited NHS Twin Lakes office in Greensburg, PA last week. Kim Sonafelt, IDD Regional Executive Director, staff, and consumers met with Representative Nelson to voice their thoughts on how to improve the community. Individuals in the program, Richard and David, who previously met Representative Nelson at a rally in Harrisburg, took him on a tour around the office and to all the programs. Staff shook hands with Representative Nelson and expressed what they thought needed changed, and asked what they could do to help make those changes. NHS thanks Representative Nelson for his support and interest in the concerns of our individuals and staff.

Representative Nelson Visits NHS Twin Lakes
Representative Nelson Visits NHS Twin Lakes Representative Nelson Visits NHS Twin Lakes
August 22, 2017

NHS/AVS Visits the Andy Warhol Art Museum

The Communication Technology group from the Edward J. Zapp Program Center at NHS/AVS travelled to the Andy Warhol Art Museum to explore his collection of art. In a featured group class prior to the trip, individuals learned about the history of this Pittsburgh born pop art icon. Everyone enjoyed painting their own pop art in class for a real hands-on experience. The Warhol Museum has seven floors and holds the largest collection of a single artist in North America. At the museum, favorite works of art included Marilyn Monroe, Skulls, Campbell’s Soup, and various movie stars. The group had lunch at the Warhol Café after their museum tour, thanks to the Walter F. and Ellen H. Nicoden Fund.

NHS/AVS Visits the Andy Warhol Art Museum

August 22, 2017

Learning How to Garden

From power tools to plants, individuals from the Communication Technology group in Pittsburgh enjoyed creating a garden of their own. The group created an Upcycled Garden using recycled items. Consumers brought in items from either their homes or the Zapp center to use as planters. They learned how to use power tools safely, how to garden, and creative ways to reuse materials. Upcycled Gardens transform products, waste materials and useless or unwanted products into new materials, or products of better quality for increased environmental value.

Learning How to Garden Learning How to Garden
Learning How to Garden Learning How to Garden
August 14, 2017

NHS/AVS on 'It’s Your Turn with Dave Malarkey!'

wisr logoClick here to listen to Vicki Doverspike, Program Director at the Slippery Rock Program Center, Marsha Schoedel, Staffing Specialist, and Dorothy Gordon, Executive Director, Development & Communications as they are interviewed about the great services provided at NHS/AVS on WISR 680 AM. Great job and thank you for representing the organization so well!

August 14, 2017

Trip to Clearfield Fair

Members from the NHS Highpoint IDD Consumer Advisory Group went to the 157th Clearfield County Fair in Clearfield Park, PA and enjoyed games, rides, pictures, and food! The members were very excited to represent their Consumer Advisory Group while wearing personalized t-shirts.

Pictured: Direct Support Professionals: Melissa Henery, Danelle Sunseri, Jessica Baird, and Ryan Benson, and individuals that receive In Home and Community Supports and Life Sharing.

Trip to Clearfield Fair
Trip to Clearfield Fair Trip to Clearfield Fair Trip to Clearfield Fair
August 7, 2017

Center for Hope Celebrates Summer

NHS Center for Hope in New York has been busy this summer making memories. Last month, the program traveled to beaches, swam in lakes, played at the Ulster County Pool, visited Splashdown Beach, hiked at different places around the Hudson Valley, held multiple cookouts, kayaked on the Hudson, and began their drumming program with Grammy award-winning drummer Jeff Haynes. The summer is also an opportunity for youth in the work program to make extra money working at local businesses and organizations.

Scenic Hudson is an organization that the program has been partnering with over the last few months. This organization works tirelessly to preserve, defend, and develop natural spaces for communities along the Hudson River. This special organization provided kids in the program amazing hands on learning experiences through their rich educational programs. They also employed one of the kids, Amir, as a paid intern this summer! Amir has been helping to plan a trail system for Snake Hill, a piece of land in Newburgh, NY that has gorgeous views of the river. He also assists in cleaning up Falkill Creek, participates in educational programs such as seining in the Hudson, helps with invasive plant removal, and also participates in planning meetings by giving his input about how Scenic Hudson can contribute to and enhance access to natural spaces. Staff at NHS New York are so proud of the work he’s doing for the community.

The farm at Downing Park and Hope’s Garden at Washington Street has started producing food to be distributed to the community. For youth working at the farm and garden, it is an exciting time harvesting the first of the food they have been tending to with so much care and dedication since the spring. Center for Hope is also happy to announce that the youth in their Urban Farming Program will soon be developing another urban farm at Snake Hill with Scenic Hudson. Keep up the good work!

Center for Hope Celebrates Summer Center for Hope Celebrates Summer
Center for Hope Celebrates Summer Center for Hope Celebrates Summer
August 7, 2017

Inaugural NHS/AVS Day at the Races

Kart racing and fundraising were the focus for the first ever NHS/AVS Day at the Races on Saturday, June 24. More than 75 people gathered at Pittsburgh International Race Complex to compete, enjoy great food and company, and participate in amazing auctions. After a practice and preliminary round, teams karted in a 60 minute race, with the team of Rudy Agras, Lil Rudy Agras and Vaughn Glace coming out on top.

NHS/AVS is grateful to all the participants for making it a great day, with special thanks to Raymond Mikesell of Café Raymond, James Rich of Pittsburgh Taco Truck, the entire Pitt Raceway team led by Dave Hois, and the amazing UBS Walnut Wealth Management team of Denise Arndt, Debora Kuzmanko, Lisa Lucas, Louis Sforza, Lee Oleinick, Chris Butsko and Jack Greenberg.

Inaugural NHS/AVS Day at the Races