Current News & Events

August 6, 2018

Laughter and Love: A Funny Fundraiser Raises $18,000!

On August 1, the Merakey Foundation Junior Board presented their very first fundraising event, a night of laughter and love at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia. With a star-studded line up of nationally recognized comedians, the club attracted an audience of over 200 guests. Chip Chantry from NBC’s Crazy Talk and Whacked Out Sports headlined the show with featured performers Chanel Ali from MTV’s girl code and Katie Hannigan from Laugh’s on Fox. The night of fun raised funds for the Fresh Start Recovery Scholarships. Fresh Start, a Merakey Company, housing and supportive service programs for adults were developed to work with individuals with a history of homelessness, chemical dependency, and varying degrees of behavioral health issues. After the initial 90 days in recovery, the Merakey Foundation offers scholarships to recovering individuals who require extended stable housing. The national rate of recovery from someone without secure housing after 90 days of sobriety is 4%. With continued secure housing from Merakey’s Fresh Start program the recovery rate increases to 86%.

Filled with tasty treats (donated by Federal Donuts) and laughter, guests contributed over $18,000. Jeff Pittner, Executive Director of Fresh Start, thanked everyone in attendance for their contributions that will help save the lives of those in recovery. President of the Merakey Foundation Junior Board and District Manager of Janssen Pharmaceuticals Megan Nolan introduced the goal of the new board; to collaborate with the Merakey Foundation’s Board of Directors to identify new and innovative ways to cultivate the next generation of donors. She left the audience with a challenge, “find something that matters to you and say yes. Be the change the world needs and make a difference”. The event was a fantastic first step forward for the Junior Board, in creating changes to make a positive difference.

The Junior Board would like to thank Memoir Health, Brothers Inc., Federal Donuts and Paradigm Group Consultants for sponsoring this funny fundraiser.

August 6, 2018

Chester County Consumer Advisory Group Picnic in the Park!

On July 19, the Consumer Advocacy Groups of Merakey AVS Western Division held a picnic at McDanels Boat Launch at Moraine State Park. Attendees came from Kennedy, Slippery Rock and Zapp Program Centers, Pittsburgh and Patricia Hillman Miller Campuses. Many people took advantage of the beautiful day and spent the afternoon fishing on the lake. Luckily, the fish were biting, and several people made a catch. Some individuals participated in games such as bean bag toss, lawn bowling, and ladder golf. The highlight of the picnic was the “Tony Tunes” sing along concert led by Program Aide Tony Bellassai. Everyone was given the opportunity to sing or play an instrument.

The group enjoyed a huge picnic lunch. Throughout the day, people stopped at the Snow Cone Tent for a cool treat to beat the heat. Members of the Advocacy Groups had a wonderful time seeing old friends and meeting new people. Everyone commented on the beautiful weather and how they couldn’t wait to get together again.

August 6, 2018

The "Me" in Merakey!

During the week of July 9, staff at the Crums Mill Road location in Harrisburg participated in a photo-booth style celebration, capturing how each of the staff members make up the “Me” in Merakey. With a make-shift cardboard “Me” and 4th of July props, everyone posed as their best selves and amazing smiles! The photos have been memorialized and put on display in the Crums Mill lobby.

What a creative and unique way to celebrate staff who put themselves into their work every day, making our Merakey mission a reality!

July 24, 2018

Fun Day 2018

On Friday July 13, Merakey Children’s Services at 265 E. Lehigh in Philadelphia hosted its annual Fun Day event. The Disney themed event was open to consumers and members of the public. More than 200 people attended the free event that featured food, music, and interactive activities including face-painting, balloon animals, photo booths, and slime making. Physical and mental health screenings were also available to interested families from Temple Pediatrics. Fun Day was an opportunity for Merakey to support the local community by offering family-friendly activities, health services and educational resources for youth and family.

July 11, 2018

ADA Awareness Day

ADA Awareness Day July 26 is the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The law made sure that those with disabilities maintain the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The act opened the door for equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.

The history of the law dates back to the 1960s when the Civil Rights Movement inspired other movements such as the Women’s Rights Movement and the Disability Rights Movement. Activism among various disability groups can be traced back to the 1800s, however it was a multiple day sit-in that created enough impact for legal change.

In 1977, the disability rights community demanded President Carter sign new regulations for those with disabilities. Instead of signing the regulations, a task force was assigned to review them. The American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities insisted that the regulations be enacted by April 5, 1977 or they would take action. When the date arrived and the regulations still had not been signed, people from across the county protested by sitting-in at federal offices of Health, Education, and Welfare. In San Francisco the sit-in at the Federal Building lasted until April 28, when the regulations were finally signed, unchanged. The regulations provided the ground work for future legislations such as the ADA and others to become law.

Merakey honors and thanks those who inspired change that provided equal opportunity for everyone.
July 11, 2018

Merakey Receives Certificate of Appreciation for Diversity and Inclusion

Philadelphia chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. The Hilton Philadelphia Hotel-Awards Scholarship Luncheon was held on June 10. Fifteen college bound students from schools in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties received scholarships.

Mary Robinson, Merakey Recruiter-University Relations, received a Certificate of Appreciation for the Continentals Spring Fling and a $1,000 sponsorship for student scholarships as part of the diversity and inclusion initiative.

The Continental Societies, INC. Metropolitan Philadelphia Area Chapter, is an international philanthropic and public service organization founded in 1956 and incorporated nationally in 1972. The mission of Continentals Societies, INC is to create environments within communities that empower children to have access to qualify and opportunities to reach their optimal potential. This organization is composed of 46 chapters in 20 states, the District of Columbia, and Bermuda, and serves over one quarter of a million children annually.
July 11, 2018

Merakey Wellness Recovery Team in Delaware County Featured by Magellan Healthcare

Click here to learn how Merakey’s Wellness Recovery Team is making a difference in the lives of individuals that reside in Delaware County, PA.