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A Week to Salute the Work of Our DSPs

Posted on September 12, 2022

I noticed that this year’s DSP Recognition Week (Sept. 11-17) did not include a theme so I came up with one of my own: “We’re Still Standing.” This in itself is quite an achievement as evidenced by this excerpt from a recent article in Politico…

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Gratitude and Attitude Are a Choice

Posted on November 16, 2021

Each morning when we wake up to greet the day, I believe all of us are given the opportunity to say, “OK, this could be a good or bad day, so what do I need to do to make it a good one?”

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America’s Recovery Can Be Powered by Inclusion

Posted on October 22, 2021

The theme for the 2021 National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” It reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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15 Books That Changed My Life for the Better

Posted on September 22, 2021

Dr. Howard Hendricks, a former professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, famously said, “The secret to concentration is elimination.” I have often thought of that wise advice when trying to figure out which activities are consuming my time – both in my personal and business life – at the expense…

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Courageous Living All Around Us

Posted on August 31, 2021

When the time came to brainstorm about Penn-Mar’s rebrand, we realized we were not looking for something aspirational as much as a concept that would clearly communicate and capture what we see happening here every day.

Our tagline “Transforming life into living” had served us well for many years but it spoke more to what we as an organization did rather than explain what it takes to create a life of their own choosing for the people we support.

What it takes is courage.

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Strategically, It’s All About the “Change Work”

Posted on June 30, 2021

It has been a busy summer at Penn-Mar, to say the least . . . behind the scenes, from March until May, our Strategic Planning Team was holding a series of meetings to identify key issues to be considered as Penn-Mar works toward fulfilling its mission and achieving its vision of the post-COVID future.

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Board Approves Higher Wages for DSP Workforce

Posted on June 22, 2021

I wish I could provide clear timeframes when all of our Penn-Mar supports will be reinitiated but unfortunately, we still need to adhere to mandated government and health department COVID restrictions. All of us are anxious for the “all clear” signal that will have us…

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‘Belonging’ is the Ultimate Destination for People with IDD

Posted on March 29, 2021

With the pandemic still looming, we are restricted in how we can commemorate this year’s Intellectual & Developmental Disability (IDD) Awareness Month. But there’s nothing stopping us from continuing to promote the progress that has been made in our field, especially as we mark Penn-Mar’s…

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Covid Vaccination Program is Underway

Posted on March 3, 2021

Friday, February 5 was a long-awaited day at Penn-Mar. That’s when some 300 of the individuals we support in Maryland, along with many of our DSPs and team members, voluntarily rolled up their sleeves and received the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine….

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10 Reflections on My 33 Years at Penn-Mar

Posted on January 25, 2021

I have been fortunate to be associated with Penn-Mar for 33 years of its 40 year existence. It is my honor to be able to lead our organization into this significant Anniversary year and to have the opportunity to work alongside a committed and loyal…

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A Legacy of Love

Posted on December 15, 2020

In 2021 Penn-Mar will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary. It’s hard to believe I have been with the organization for 32 of those years. But this journey from a residential program director to CEO has given me a front row seat to observe and reflect…

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