Striving to Make Every Day “The Best Day”
By Gregory Miller
President/CEO Penn-Mar Human Services
As the holidays and the end of another year approach, most of us are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that needs to be done in just a few short weeks.
We are making lists, entertaining and being entertained, and shopping for just the right gifts for family and friends. We want that one special day – Christmas – to be the best day.
But here at Penn-Mar, we’ve set our sights even higher. We want every day of the year to be the best day for the individuals with intellectual disabilities we support. And we need your help to do that.
Like everyone, our individuals thrive when they have a sense of purpose. Their best days begin and end with something to look forward to, be that a job, a volunteer opportunity, or an outing with friends to a museum or lakeside cabin. They want to be part of, not set apart from, the community where they live.
We are able to make that life possible for some – but not all – of our individuals because traditional funding sources alone are not enough to support our innovative programs like community based learning and customized employment. Person-centered programs will ensure more individuals with intellectual disabilities have a pathway to full inclusion.
Every day Penn-Mar is helping our individuals explore career opportunities that best suit their skills and temperament and providing support staff to train, encourage and get them where they need to be.
We have individuals who never dreamed of being employed who are receiving training and support that translates into paying jobs in fields they love: sports, food service, child care, office work and manufacturing.
We need your help to continue this work and are committed to being good stewards of your generosity. Ninety-six cents of every dollar donated to the Penn-Mar Foundation will make it possible for us to integrate more and more individuals with intellectual disabilities into the community where they will be able to experience their best day, every day.
On behalf of our staff, families, and the individuals we serve, our thanks and best wishes for your continued support.
For online contributions to Penn-Mar Human Services, visit: https://secure2.convio.net/pmhs/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app216a?df_id=1492&mfc_pref=T&1492.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=279D3F222BF5613AA0C7AD793CED416C