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Posted 10/13/2023

On September 26, Merakey AVS Slippery Rock Program Center Instructor Danielle Mitchell and her Aide Ashley Sutton celebrated National Pancake Day with their area. Everyone took turns making their own pancakes for lunch, customizing them with different ingredients. Many enjoyed drowning their pancakes in maple syrup, with sides of sausage and eggs.

Celebrating National Pancake Day (October 2023)


Now that October has arrived, Slippery Rock Program Center Instructor Megan Kober and her Aide Christie Laderer made spooky spiders with their area. Everyone had fun personalizing their spider, with no two spiders looking alike. Great job!

Spooky Spiders (October 2023)


Crystal, Michael, and Megan from Maratta home at Merakey AVS enjoyed a day out at Fresh Memories Crafting Studio. Crystal made various crafts for staff, Michael made a Steelers craft for her boyfriend, and Megan made herself a wooden “Megan’s Stuff” box for her dresser. Everyone had a great time working on their crafts.

Fresh Memories Crafting Studio (October 2023)


Kathy from Crestview and Wendy from Nolte home at Merakey AVS took a trip to Tennessee with House Managers Susan White and Patty Shoup. The trip was filled with activities and new experiences for everyone.

Tennessee Trip (October 2023)


Thank you, Maria Sholly, for 30 years of service at Merakey Allegheny Valley School. Maria started out in Direct Care but went to Nursing school and became an LPN. After working as an LPN for several years, in 2008 she was promoted to the position of Nurse Trainer and is still in that role. Maria is also the team captain of the Relay for Life Team and has assisted in raising over $50,000 since 2010. Congratulations, Maria!


Wishing a fond farewell to Menardo Lao! Merakey staff and individuals honored Menardo as he left his job of nearly 42 years as a Direct Support Professional at Merakey Woodhaven Center in Philadelphia. Menardo touched so many lives during his tenure and was a beloved mainstay in the Oak unit. Menardo is an extraordinary artist, and the walls of the Oak unit were adorned with Menardo’s paintings of the individuals. Thank you for four+ decades of care, Menardo!


The ladies and staff from Ohioview home at Merakey AVS recently enjoyed a day at the pumpkin patch.

A Day at The Pumpking Patch (October 2023)