Archived News & Events - February 2020

February 28, 2020

Merakey Philadelphia IDD Supports Cradles to Crayons

On February 21, Merakey IDD Philadelphia donated an abundance of children’s new and used clothes, shoes, socks, coats, school supplies, car seats, and diapers. They successfully boxed and delivered these items to Cradles to Crayons with the help of 12 middle school age kids. Immediately after delivering the items, eight employees from Merakey Philadelphia IDD volunteered for two hours in the Cradles to Crayons giving center, sorting and making care packages for each individual child according to their specific need. The day was a success and we are thankful to Cradles to Crayons for continuing to provide essential needs.

Childhood poverty is a serious nationwide issue. The average U.S. family in poverty, with two adults and two children, lives on less than $24,000 a year. Without adequate and appropriate clothing, children face unfair barriers and participate in life on an unequal playing field. Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit that provides everyday essentials for children whose families are experiencing low-income and/or homelessness. Essential items, which Cradles to Crayons provide to them for free, include clothing, shoes, winter coats, books, toys, backpacks, school supplies, and more. Cradles to Crayons uses the term “Clothing Insecurity” as part of their efforts to formally recognize the issue and increase awareness on this hidden basic need.

Philly IDD

Front Row: Leslie Culbreath, Cynthia Henry, Rhonda Pierce-Vann, Jasmine Hayes, Marlene James
Second Row: Sheree Wright, April Owens, Grace Dixon

February 28, 2020

Becky’s Night to Shine

On February 7, the Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored their annual Night to Shine Prom at Christ Church in the Valley in Royersford, PA. Becky enjoyed shopping for her dress, as well as getting her hair and makeup done. When she arrived, she walked the red carpet into the event. Becky was thrilled to be named one of the queens of the ball and received her tiara. She and Katie enjoyed an evening of good food, music and dancing.

Congrats, Becky, on being named one of the queens and on your tiara!

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February 28, 2020

Merakey Autism Center Hosts a Special Valentine’s Day Luncheon

Merakey’s Education and Autism Centers in Philadelphia, Warrington and St. Anne’s joined together on February 14 at Merakey Woodhaven Center in Northeast Philadelphia to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to show appreciation for one another. More than 100 students, families, staff members and representatives from local school districts were treated to a special lunch, which included red and pink cupcakes for dessert, catered by Lintons Managed Services.

CEO Joe Martz was thrilled to be invited and to participate in the festivities. Students from each of the schools surprised him with hand-made Valentine’s cards. After the students ate, they played basketball, created arts and crafts and danced with their friends and teachers. Everyone had a terrific time and they are looking forward to planning another group event soon!

Valentine's Lunch at Woodhaven Education Center - 2/14/20

February 28, 2020

Sacramento State University Social Work Field Fair

Recently, Merakey in California attended the Sacramento State University Social Work Field Faire. With over 80 organizations participating, Merakey seized the opportunity to speak with the next generation of social workers. Participants enjoyed learning about Intensive Transition Services provided in CA and receiving Merakey swag.

Thank you to ITS Executive Director Reina Hudson and ITS Transition Coordinator Jamie Lathrop for representing Merakey so well!

Sacramento State University Social Work Field Fair
February 28, 2020

Valentine Festivities at Merakey Slippery Rock Program Center

Everyone at the Merakey Slippery Rock Program Center in PA was seeing red on Valentine’s Day, as everyone came dressed in their best red outfits. All program areas created different Valentine ballot boxes to vote for the King and Queen of Hearts. The creative crocodile box was the winner. The program enjoyed sharing Valentine’s cards and sweet treats. To top off the festivities, a Valentine’s dance was held in the afternoon, during which Dennis and Stefanie were coronated as the King and Queen of Hearts.

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February 28, 2020

Night to Shine in Sunbury

On February 7, the Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored their annual Night to Shine Prom at the Sunbury Bible Church in Northumberland, PA. Individuals from Merakey programs in Sunbury and Upper Dauphin strutted down a red carpet as they entered the church. Each individual was crowned king and queen for an evening. They had a tasty dinner, participated in karaoke and danced the night away!

Special thanks go to the Direct Support Professionals, Behavioral Specialists, and management staff from the Sunbury office who volunteered many months prior to plan this special event.

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February 14, 2020

Amanda Sudorowski Passes the BCBA Exam

Amanda Sudorowski, clinician at Merakey's Autism Center in Dearborn, MI passed the Behavior Analyst Certification Exam and is now a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. The Dearborn employees and participants are so proud of her. Amanda has celebrated her success in the company of her family. Congratulations to Amanda for this impressive accomplishment!

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February 14, 2020

Hanna's Artwork

Hanna, a Merakey individual from Carlisle, PA , was overjoyed to display her artwork at the Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg. Hanna noted about the art pieces: “My nephew was the inspiration behind the little boy in the snow; his cuteness for all to see. The buffalo is from the safari at Lake Tobias.”

The Merakey team is very proud of her and want her to continue to display her beautiful gift.

Hanna's Art
Hanna's Art
February 14, 2020

Merakey Students Sporting New Aprons and Polos

Thanks to grant support from the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, students at Merakey Education Center Greensburg facilitated school lunch wearing new café aprons and polos. The Greensburg café, managed by students in the transition classroom, has been up and running for more than three years at the Greensburg location. The café serves healthy snacks, green tea, and water bottles to staff and students. Each week the students are also able to budget, prep, and grocery shop in their community under the supervision of staff and lead teacher, Cindy Coulson.

Merakey Cafe