Current News & Events

February 15, 2019

14th Annual Goals For Giving

On a chilly Sunday outside the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia, the ice inside the building was just as cold during the 14th Annual Goals for Giving Hockey Game, hosted by the Merakey Foundation. Players from the Philadelphia Flyers’ alumni and Team Merakey, event sponsors, supporters, Merakey staff, individuals served at Merakey and others joined together on February 10 to raise funds that will be used for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities proms, to be held in the spring. Executive Director of the Merakey Foundation Sylvia Purnell states, “The compassion displayed by everyone at Foundation events, such as this one, makes a significant and positive impact on the individuals and families served at Merakey. I am so grateful to everyone who supported this special event.”

This year’s Goals for Giving raised an amazing $67,000! A portion of these funds will give nearly 800 individuals in Merakey’s care in Philadelphia the opportunity to dress up, dance to their favorite music, and socialize with their friends. The IDD Prom is one of the year’s most anticipated and favorite events for the individuals and staff in the IDD Division. More information about the Merakey IDD Prom and how you can support this special event will be shared in future communications.

The Merakey Foundation thanks everyone for their support of Foundation events held throughout the year. Without your help and participation, program activities and celebrations would not be possible.

Click here to see highlights from 6ABC!

February 15, 2019

Merakey Supports CHOP Research

CHOP

Clinicians from Merakey’s School Therapeutic Services (STS) program in Philadelphia have been participating in a research project at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and have received glowing reviews from hospital administration.

"We have been impressed with your staff member’s efforts and very pleased with progress [on the project] this year. Merakey is the fastest agency to get all three schools up and running, and to complete groups in all participating schools prior to the start of spring AND within their first year of implementation. This progress is truly noteworthy and we wanted to share the news with you. We look forward to continued participation and collaboration on the project," states Billie Schwartz, Psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at CHOP.

February 15, 2019

50th Anniversary Employee Spotlight - Nancy Hoover

Nancy Hoover

Merakey is turning 50 years old this year! We have a lot to celebrate this year including our incredible workforce! A number of employees have been with Merakey for many of those years, and they deserve a spotlight for all their hard work and dedication! Look for more employee spotlights in The Pulse, on digital signage, and on Facebook!

House Manager, Nancy Hoover, has worked with Merakey Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis, PA for 33 years as of February 17! “Merakey is a safe place for our individuals to grow and become their own person,” states Nancy.

Her favorite memory while working at Merakey AVS was when she was a live-in House Manager at Grass Road Group home with her family. “It was a great experience to be with my family alongside the individuals I cared for. It was a truly unique and family-oriented experience for everyone.”

The Merakey core value that means the most to Nancy is compassion. She believes compassion can boost morale and positivity in the work place. Working at Merakey has taught her patience and to love unconditionally. Her predictions for the next 50 years are that the company will continue to grow, while providing even more opportunities for individuals in the community.

Congratulations, Nancy, on an incredible career and thank you for putting your heart and soul into exceptional care and services!

February 8, 2019

Thank You to Three Retirees

Three Direct Support Professionals with more than two decades of providing dedicated services at Merakey Woodhaven in Philadelphia are retiring on the same day! The individuals they have supported, taught, and come to know as family, will miss them dearly. Barbara Lewis leads our special Direct Support Professionals with 28 years of service, George Hackett has performed his job for 26 years, and Sosamma Philip celebrates 25 years of dedicated service. The campus at Merakey Woodhaven will miss the dedication, passion, and commitment they have shown over their many years of service. Moreover, we will miss them as valued members of our team and family. Thank you and enjoy your retirement!

Retirement Retirement
February 1, 2019

Congratulations, Josh Vigderman, Social Innovation Award Winner

Josh Vigderman, Executive Director of Philadelphia Addictions Services, was recognized at the 2019 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards ceremony held at City Tap Room on January 24. Josh was nominated and recognized under the Community Behavioral Health category for his leadership in making positive and innovative changes to the Merakey Parkside substance use programs in Philadelphia. Josh was joined at the event by other Merakey Parkside staff including Associate Executive Director Jermaine Graham, Program Director at Parkside Lori Gabert, Program Director at Germantown Jordan Seidle, Program Director at Knights Road Gretta Small-Williams, and Intake Supervisor at Parkside David Malloy. Merakey is proud of Josh and all of his accomplishments.

Josh Vigderman
February 1, 2019

50th Anniversary Employee Spotlight - Roni Erath

Roni Erath

Merakey is turning 50 years old this year! We have a lot to celebrate this year including our incredible workforce! A number of employees have been with Merakey for many of those years, and they deserve a spotlight for all their hard work and dedication! Look for more employee spotlights in The Pulse, on digital signage, and on Facebook!

Assistant Regional Executive Director for Merakey Allegheny Valley School Western Region, Roni Erath, has worked with Merakey for 34 years! According to Roni, Merakey gives her the opportunity and a method to impact future leaders in the health field. She derives a great deal of personal satisfaction mentoring and guiding others who will carry the company quality standards through the next 50 years!

Her favorite memory while working at Merakey is having the privilege of opening the Brick House, a new home on the Pittsburgh campus. She helped with the design and furnishings. Being able to watch the indronieaividuals thrive in that environment was a very proud moment for Roni.

The core value that means the most to Roni is integrity. Knowing that what she does everyday is the right thing to do, even if it is difficult, is an important part of her work.

“I came to Merakey Allegheny Valley School for a part time job while in school and I never left! The mission, my coworkers, and the individuals we serve got in my blood! I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

Congratulations, Roni, and thank you for 34 years of putting your heart and soul into exceptional care and services!