Posted 9/22/2023

On Thursday, September 14, Slippery Rock Program Center Instructor Mary Loos and Program Aide Cindy Solman took their area to White House Fruit Farm in Canfield, Ohio. They spent the day touring the beautiful grounds and seeing how all the fruit was grown. The air was filled with the sweet scent of apples hanging from the trees. Everyone agreed it was a great day with perfect weather.

Fruit Farm Canfield, Ohio

IDD program participants from Northeast and Central PA recently enjoyed a fantastic day in Lake Tobias. They had a picnic lunch and went on an open-air safari ride where they saw bison, deer, emus, alpacas, and more. They also walked around the park, visited the reptile room, and browsed the souvenir shop.

Lake Tobias Safari Trip

The ladies from Wiltshire home at Merakey AVS created many wonderful memories on their recent trip to Hershey, PA.

Hershey PA Trip

Participants Kathy and Regina celebrated football season in Pittsburgh by baking black and gold cupcakes and twirling their Terrible Towels®.

Celebrating Football Season with Terrible Towels

Individuals from the Communications Technology Room at Patricia Hillman Miller Campus created a beautiful art project reflecting the front of the campus building.

Merakey AVS participants Lisa, Darlene, Teresa, and Jennifer from Ewings Mill 2 loved their trip to Myrtle Beach so much last year that they decided to return this year. They enjoyed shopping at the beach stores, visiting Barefoot Landing, going to the outlets, and seeing Broadway at the Beach. The ladies attended a Murder Mystery Dinner at The House of Blues, celebrated Darlene's 61st birthday, and spent time on the beach building sandcastles and swimming. It was a wonderful trip for everyone.

Myrtle Beach Trip

On September 20, Slippery Rock Program Center Instructor Danielle Mitchell and her Aide Ashley Sutton hosted a pizza and bowling party in their area. Each person made their own personal pizza using a variety of toppings. After their yummy lunch, everyone participated in a game of bowling using an enormous ball and pins. Loud cheers were heard throughout the building as they played. Everyone had so much fun.

Pizza and Bowling Party

Merakey AVS recently gathered via Zoom to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Individuals and staff celebrated the Jewish New Year with the Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh. The rabbi began the New Year’s celebration with the Cry of the Shofar parable, and then included the custom of sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn). The group talked about how they would spend the new year. Josh agreed with Megan that he is looking forward to seeing his friends and family. Ilene is looking forward to being with her brother. Participants then decorated cards with special sentiments to give to loved ones. Many wrote “Shana Tova,” which is Hebrew for “Happy New Year.” The celebration concluded with well wishes and a photo. Thank you to our friends at the Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh for the lovely program. ​