Penn Mar Human Services Media Coverage

Media Coverage

Check out the latest news stories and articles featuring the people Penn-Mar supports, our team members, and leadership.

Penn-Mar’s Jackie Summers Sits Down for TV Interview to Discuss 32nd Annual Gala

It’s no secret that Penn-Mar’s Gala celebration is our most exciting fundraiser of the year, which is why FOX43 was happy to sit down with Penn-Mar’s Jackie Summers to discuss all the details. In fact, her interview was conducted by FOX 43 Morning News anchor Sean Streicher, who is this year’s event MC.

Penn-Mar’s Assistive Technology Lending Library Lands in the Spotlight with WPMT FOX43

Our Assistive Technology Lending Library at Penn-Mar’s Far Hills location is full of tools, devices, apps, and items that foster greater independence. FOX43 stopped by to share more about the library, demo the items we have on hand, and explore how it’s helping the people we support to Live Courageously. 

Penn-Mar’s Jackie Summers Honored For Excellence, Community Service, and Supporting Women

FOX43 shared the exciting news that Penn-Mar’s Jackie Summers was the 2024 recipient of the York County Economic Alliance’s ATHENA Award, given to an exceptional woman who epitomizes excellence, community service, and is actively assisting women in the York region in their attainment of professional leadership.

York Daily Record: Outstanding Employees are Easy to Find (If you Know Where to Look!)

Finding employees is one thing. But hiring workers who are dependable, friendly, courteous, and stay for years at a time is something special. As the York Daily Record discovered, that is the kind of employer-employee relationship our customized Employment team strives for, and the one we helped create for a man who knows a thing or two about hardware!

The Baltimore Sun Shines a Spotlight on 3 Empoyment Stories Made Possible with Penn-Mar’s Support

Penn-Mar’s Customized Employment program has helped hundreds of people with an IDD find terrific jobs across MD and PA. People just like Jordan, Tracey, and Bryan who were featured in a recent Baltimore Sun story. The trio have become highly-valued employees at three MD businesses and in the process, broken down barriers. 

Fox43 Covers the Story Behind the Jack Daniel’s Authentic Barrel and Merchandise Sale to Benefit Penn-Mar

Fox43 reported on the recent Jack Daniel’s Barrel Sale that took place in which refurbished and repurposed whisky barrels were sold to benefit Penn-Mar. Former Jack Daniel’s employee, David Stang, organizes the event each year in memory of his brother, Murray, who had down syndrome and lived in on of Penn-Mar’s residential houses.

Penn-Mar’s Kathy Rogers’ Expertise Highlighted in Op-Ed for Baltimore Business Journal

In a recent op-ed for the Baltimore Business Journal, our own Kathy Rogers discusses why executing a major campaign during turbulent times can often be the best strategy. (*subscription may be required)

WGAL Highlights Sheetz’ Inclusive Workforce Program and Penn-Mar-Supported Employee

Sheetz has started a new workforce program to hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). WGAL TV8 recently profiled one awesome employee, Brian Honeychuck, who got his job with Penn-Mar’s support. 

WHP CBS 21 Highlights Penn-Mar’s Participation in New Sheetz Employment Program

Penn-Mar has partnered with PA-based convenience store chain Sheetz on a new program that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find employment. WHP CBS21 visited one Sheetz location where Brian, a young man supported by Penn-Mar, has found a career that both he, and his manager, couldn’t be happier about. 

CEO Greg Miller’s Interview with The Baltimore Banner on Advocating for the IDD Community

Diversity and inclusion efforts are top of mind for many businesses and organizations, and for Penn-Mar it is the highest priority for the IDD community we support. In a recent Q&A with the Baltimore Banner, Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller shares his thoughts on the progress, and challenges, of DEI for the IDD community as well what Penn-Mar is doing to further stregthen belonging within the organization.

The Daily Record Showcases the Penn-Mar, Jemicy School Inclusive Fashion Show

Daily Record Staff reported that Penn-Mar hosted its inaugural inclusive fashion show on May 19 featuring people supported by Penn-Mar modeling original clothing designs created by 18 students from Jemicy School, the Owings Mills-based independent school that educates students with dyslexia or related language-based learning differences.

Carroll County Times Shares the Exciting News That Penn-Mar Exceeded $7.5 million Fundraising Goal

A gala held on March 4th helped put Penn-Mar over its goal for the Building Bold Futures campaign. Carroll County Times’ Sherry Greenfield reported how the campaign’s funds will be used moving forward in operating costs and initiatives. 

Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller Discusses The Power of Giving Back

WCBM AM680 recently asked Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller to appear on the program “Money, Riches, and Wealth” to discuss the power of philanthropy and the incredible difference it can make in the lives of others. Greg and host Drew Tignanelli discuss how charity not only makes good financial sense, but holds the power of true transformative change for the world. 

WBAL-TV11 Highlights How Business’ Can Partner With Penn-Mar For Seasonal Holiday Help

As local businesses searched for seasonal workers to handle the 2022 holiday rush, WBAL-TV11 shared how Penn-Mar helped answer the call. WBAL’s Jennifer Franciotti highlighted how Tim Nelson, who is supported by Penn-Mar, has become an integral part of the team at Brick Bodies, both for the holiday rush, and into the new year.

Sharing The Importance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month with WPMT/FOX43

Every October, the nation celebrates the achievements of the disabled workforce with National Disability Employment Awareness Month- something Penn-Mar does every day of the year! WPMT/FOX43 met up with Eric Elby, a 10 year employee at a local hardware store- a job he helped secure through Penn-Mar’s Customized Employment program.

Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller Discusses Importance and Value of Our Direct Support Professionals

Penn-Mar’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are at the core of what we do, and how we serve the IDD community. In a recent episode of the “Sharing in Our Caring” podcast, our CEO Greg Miller, discussed the endemic industry challenges the DSP sector has faced, and how Penn-Mar is innovating ways to ensure these invaluable healthcare professionals are supported.

Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller Shares the Secret to Keeping Great Employees w/ the Baltimore Business Journal

With the workforce crisis hindering virtually every industry, employee retention has become a priority for business owners- and more money isn’t always the answer. In this op-ed for the Baltimore Business Journal, Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller shares tips and advice on ways to keep employees excited, without raising paychecks. (Subscription may be required)

York Daily Record Showcases the Untapped Employment Potential of the IDD Community

Despite the ongoing workforce shortage, finding great employees is easier than you may think. The York Daily Record highlighted how Penn-Mar matches great people with terrific local businesses, and why one local HR pro says of Penn-Mar, “I have nothing but good things to say about them.”

WYPR-88.1FM Discusses Why the IDD Community Can Solve Workforce Shortages

Sheilah Kast, host of WYPR’s hit program, “On The Record”, sat down with Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller to discuss how the intellectual and developmental disability community can solve the region’s lasting workforce shortage challenges. Bank of America employee Tim O’Neill, who is supported by Penn-Mar, also shared why he loves his job – which he’s had for more than two decades!

WHP-CBS21 Shares How Penn-Mar & the York JCC are Bringing Inclusion to Health & Wellness

WHP-CBS21 recently shared how the York JCC’s personal trainer Susannah Gillespie is working with Bobbi Leckrone and Lesha Breighner, two people Penn-Mar supports, to make physical fitness more inclusive and accessible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Spastic Chatter” Podcast Shines Light on Penn-Mar’s Commitment to Helping Others Live Courageously

The “Spastic Chatter” podcast, devoted to featuring stories from those in the Cerebral Palsy community, invited Penn-Mar to come on and discuss how we support independence and spur equity and inclusion. Two people we support who have CP, Jon and AJ, joined Penn-Mar COO Jackie Stevens to highlight how we pursue our motto to Live Courageously!

WPMT/FOX43 Shares How Penn-Mar Helps Local Businesses Overcome Workforce Shortages

Nationwide, businesses both big and small are searching for employees. But are they looking in the right place? WPMT/FOX43 shared why hiring someone with an IDD could be the answer to the workforce crisis. If your company needs some outstanding employees, check out this story to see how Penn-Mar can help.

Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller Offers Solution to Workforce Crisis in Article for Baltimore Business Journal

As 2022 dawns, many businesses are still plagued by the ongoing workforce shortage. But a solution is readily available! In a BBJ “Help Desk” article, Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller discuss why hiring someone with an intellectual or developmental disability isn’t only good for the community, it’s just good business.

WJZ Highlights Penn-Mar’s Customized Employment Program

Long time Graul’s Employee Robert Zerance shares why he loves his job and how he has grown in the role.

Generosity of Penn-Mar Donor Shared in Carroll County Times 

Recently, Penn-Mar was thrilled to receive a $1 million endowment from Carroll County residents Mike and Dawn Zgorksi. The result is the Zgorski Family Endowment for Staff Training and Aid Fund.

Baltimore Sun Shines Spotlight on Critical Funding Provision that Could Come to an End

Baltimore Sun health reporter Hallie Miller spoke with Penn-Mar COO Jackie Stevens as she shared the serious consequences of a key emergency funding provision, known as Appendix K, possibly ending early.

‘There were a lot of barriers.’ Raising awareness about intellectual and developmental disabilities

A local mother shares the challenges her daughter faces living with an intellectual and developmental disability.

NADSP E-Badge Earner of the Month: Ashley Coppersmith

Congratulations to Ashley Coppersmith, who has been selected as the NADSP E-Badge Academy Earner of the Month for March of 2021.

Experts: Those With Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities 3 Times More Likely To Die From COVID-19

Experts are stressing the need now to get those with intellectual and developmental disabilities vaccinated against the coronavirus.

‘A lot more opportunities’: Penn-Mar helps Carroll residents with developmental disabilities launch business ventures

Penn-Mar Human Services of Carroll County was founded in 1981 as a provider of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Penn-Mar helps those with developmental disabilities create businesses during pandemic

In a challenging year, an organization is working to help people with developmental disabilities create new opportunities, even in a pandemic.

‘It comes from love.’ A woman’s dream to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease

Few people may know about the deep connection between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.

Help Desk: The advantages of hiring someone with an intellectual disability

When the pandemic struck in March, the world — and our economy — came to a standstill.

State Revenue Cuts Could Harm Disabilities Funding

Penn-Mar CEO Greg Miller and Jim Pitts, the founder of the Michael James Pitts Endowment for the Advancement of Direct Support Professionals, were featured on WYPR 88.1FM’s “On the Record” to discuss reduced funding due to budget shortfalls resulting form the pandemic.

They’re the front lines; Staff care for adults with disabilities amid pandemic, funding challenges

“Not being able to see Michael has been probably the hardest.”

Showing compassion to those with disabilities during coronavirus pandemic

These are challenging times for all of us, but especially those with intellectual disabilities who may have a difficult time understanding the current state of the world.

Coronavirus Latest: Organization Helping People With Developmental Disabilities Forced To Make Changes Due To COVID-19

The coronavirus and the measures to control it can pose extra challenges for people with special needs, their families and the organizations that serve them.

York County couple with special needs overcomes barriers to tie the knot

The story of Amanda Camacho and Greg Holmes didn’t follow the usual path.

‘I’m In My Zone’ | Legally Blind Baltimore Man Finds Love, Passion For DJ’ing

Baltimore’s Penn-Mar Human Services works to find employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Penn-Mar Helping to Bring People With Disabilities Into Maryland’s Workforce 

The Baltimore Business Journal’s In The C-Suite profiled our CEO, Greg Miller, and highlighted a recent initiative of Penn-Mar’s that brought business owners and government officials together to meet with those who employee individuals supported by Penn-Mar.

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