Posted on December 13, 2018
They say if time moves quickly you must be having a good time (or getting older!). If true, 2018 must have been the best of times for Penn-Mar, a fast-paced year brimming with major accomplishments fueled by our culture of innovation.
We have so much to be proud of:
This year has been the culmination of a longer term vision that is continuing to develop how people with intellectual disabilities can be full participants and partake in the things that all of us do each and every day.
And as we move forward in 2019, we will be continuing to look at best practices, processes and new programs that will best utilize our resources and bring about our best future.
Following a full evaluation of our headquarters space in Freeland, MD, we will be making significant changes there to accommodate future growth and address the new way our services will be provided.
We will also be completing the sale of our two Penn-Mar North buildings in Glen Rock and relocating the remaining offices and services there to the facility in New Freedom, PA.
More importantly, we will be actively trying to influence decision makers and systemic changes that support innovation at Penn-Mar and beyond. We are committed to being public policy advocates — working in tandem with groups like PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources) and MACS (Maryland Association of Community Services) — to create a meaningful process whereby “the system” doesn’t get in the way of our efforts but serves as a catalyst rather than a barrier.
We accomplished a great deal in 2018, setting ourselves apart as true leaders and innovators. But committed innovators know that the work is never finished, and the road ahead a long and challenging one. We must never lose our hunger for innovating.
I can assure you that the acceleration of innovation and change at Penn-Mar is never going to slow down. We are in the relationship business so how we engage with and respect our team members is a critical piece of our core value of innovation and an important internal employee engagement strategy currently underway.
Our goal is to have every person we support engaged in all the opportunities they want to be engaged in, and for every team member to feel fully valued and supported by our organization. All of us need to be coming to work every day saying, “How can I do my job better than yesterday?”