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Creating Opportunities for Employment Success

Posted on July 23, 2021

Belonging and purpose help to give our lives meaning. When we belong and where there is acceptance and inclusion from the people in our lives, from our families and friends to our co-workers, we feel a sense of security, support and identity.

For the men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who Penn-Mar supports through its Customized Employment (CE) program, belonging is one of the main drivers of their career goals, according to Penn-Mar Career Counselors Anthony Bubczyk, Tonya Stonesifer and Tricia Zeltwanger.

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A Memorable Evening Among the Stars

Posted on July 21, 2021

By Stephanie Aspey, Penn-Mar Gala Auction Chair The 29th Annual Penn-Mar Gala & 40th Anniversary Celebration held June 5th was truly one for the record books. Because of pandemic safety issues, we were restricted to having only 330 guests in attendance – as opposed to…

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Penn-Mar Consulting and TransCen Awarded $150,000 Contract to Provide Technical Assistance to Five Community Service Providers

Posted on June 23, 2021

By Michael F. Shriver, Director Penn-Mar Consulting & Kevin Walker, Penn-Mar Consulting, Business Development Director Those of us working at the Consulting arm of Penn-Mar Human Services are delighted to report that we, and our partner TransCen, were recently awarded a $150,000 contract from The Maryland Developmental…

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Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Selects Penn-Mar Human Services and TransCen Inc. to Provide Transformational Assistance to Community Service Providers

Posted on May 28, 2021

BALTIMORE — May 25, 2021 — The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) today announced that it has selected Penn-Mar Human Services and TransCen Inc. to conduct a 17-month demonstration project to provide technical assistance and affect organizational change to five community service providers licensed, certified, or approved by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)….

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Adam Dodd: Getting Back to Work

Posted on May 27, 2021

Adam Dodd is ready to jump back into the workforce, and chances are, with COVID restrictions easing, the economy slowly rebounding, and daily life returning to some normality, he will land his dream job soon. A Penn-Mar resident since 2002, Adam, 40, has begun actively…

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Team Member Spotlight: Mark Swift

Posted on April 23, 2021

Each month, we’re highlighting a “behind-the-scenes” team member whose work supports our mission, but whose face you might not often see on our social media pages. We’re excited to help you get to know our innovative team and the complex work we do. So, tune…

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A Veteran DSP with a Bold Vision for the Future: DSP Shawn Fuller

Posted on April 16, 2021

Shawn Fuller got his start in the human services field over thirty years ago. As he says, “For most of the time I’ve worked in this field I’ve chosen to be in direct support. Only about 20% of my time has ever been spent supervising…

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Come as You Are to Host Penn-Mar’s “Party in Place” Gala Opportunity | By Jackie Summers, Senior Director of Development

Posted on April 15, 2021

Last year the Penn-Mar Gala was held just days before the country went into lockdown due to the COVID pandemic. Well, the stars are aligning in our favor once again as we prepare to host our 29th Annual Gala & 40th Anniversary Celebration at the…

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A Dream Employee | By Andrew Bergamaschi, Co-Founder & COO of Maryland Print House

Posted on April 15, 2021

Jordan Ketterman is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. As a production assistant, he is a crucial member of the team at Maryland Print House, a screen-printing company based in Manchester, Carroll County. My partners and I founded the company in December 2017….

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National Volunteer Month: Q&A with Lee Carrion, Advocate & Parent

Posted on April 9, 2021

April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re excited to share some Q&As featuring our Volunteer Advocates. Tina Chan Sweenie, our Manager of Volunteer and Donor Engagement, caught up with some of Penn-Mar’s incredible advocates to learn a little bit about them and why they’re so…

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National Volunteer Month: Q&A with Bryan Barry, Self-Advocate

Posted on April 9, 2021

April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re excited to share some Q&As featuring our Volunteer Advocates. Tina Chan Sweenie, our Manager of Volunteer and Donor Engagement, caught up with some of Penn-Mar’s incredible advocates to learn a little bit about them and why they’re so…

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National Volunteer Month: Q&A with Kelsey Franklin, Self-Advocate & Nancy Simpson, Advocate & Parent

Posted on April 9, 2021

April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re excited to share some Q&As featuring our Volunteer Advocates. Tina Chan Sweenie, our Manager of Volunteer and Donor Engagement, caught up with some of Penn-Mar’s incredible advocates to learn a little bit about them and why they’re so…

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April 2021 HEART Award Winners

Posted on April 8, 2021

The Penn-Mar HEART Committee is proud to announce our most recent round of HEART Award winners! The Penn-Mar HEART Award program recognizes team members whose passion and performance leave the mark of their own legacy through exceptional demonstrations of Honesty, Excellence, Advocacy, Respect, and Team…

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Retaining Key Employees Requires a Ladder to Opportunity

Posted on April 7, 2021

Regardless of the industry, employee retainment can be a constant challenge companies – and the pandemic only made things worse. For Penn-Mar, our support for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) is directly tied to our fantastic team of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Without…

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Writer’s Workshop: Our Original Story, “The Adventures of Mimi and Fafa”

Posted on April 1, 2021

As many of you know, COVID-19 led us to launch some exciting and engaging Virtual Supports. One of them, a Writer’s Workshop, is hard at work learning about story development and character building. To exercise these skills and get the creative juices flowing, we’ve started…

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A Mother’s Hope for All Support Professionals and Children with Disabilities | by Kathleen McMahon, Penn-Mar Parent & Advocate

Posted on March 29, 2021

I often describe our family as “unique,” but in so many ways we are just like many other families. As the mother of a son and daughter, I had to juggle career and family when David and Kara were born, so I put my job…

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Team Member Spotlight: Sonja Schmidt

Posted on March 26, 2021

Each month, we’re highlighting a “behind-the-scenes” team member whose work supports our mission, but whose face you might not often see on our social media pages. We’re excited to help you get to know our innovative team and the complex work we do. So, tune…

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Meet Our PMAC Steering Committee: Denise Coil

Posted on March 16, 2021

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to highlight some of our advocates, who’ve helped spread awareness and advocated for inclusion and equity for their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Each week this month we’ll be highlighting a different Penn-Mar Advocacy…

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DSP Donna Kiberenge: Life of the Party with a Heart of Gold

Posted on March 8, 2021

Donna Kiberenge (she recently married; Penn-Mar friends may recognize her more readily as Donna Redmond), is guaranteed to be the life of the party. A Residential Supervisor who has been with Penn-Mar for 5 years, she brightens any room she walks into, and can genuinely…

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Meet Our PMAC Steering Committee: Claudia Summerson

Posted on March 5, 2021

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to highlight some of our advocates, who’ve helped spread awareness and advocated for inclusion and equity for their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Each week this month we’ll be highlighting a different Penn-Mar Advocacy…

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Meet Our PMAC Steering Committee: Robert Suggs

Posted on March 5, 2021

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to highlight some of our advocates, who’ve helped spread awareness and advocated for inclusion and equity for their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Each week this month we’ll be highlighting a different Penn-Mar Advocacy…

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Meet Our PMAC Steering Committee: Victoria Minkowski

Posted on March 5, 2021

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to highlight some of our advocates, who’ve helped spread awareness and advocated for inclusion and equity for their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Each week this month we’ll be highlighting a different Penn-Mar Advocacy…

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Rachel Dowling: Sharing Life and Living More

Posted on March 3, 2021

Rachel Dowling doesn’t mince her words when asked what it is she likes about having a job. Her immediate response: “The money!” Until Rachel, 45, who was born with intellectual disabilities, joined Penn-Mar’s Day Program, and took up residence with Mim and Bill Barnes through…

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Team Member Spotlight: Stacy Latchaw

Posted on February 19, 2021

Each month, we’re highlighting a “behind-the-scenes” team member whose work supports our mission, but whose face you might not often see on our social media pages. We’re excited to help you get to know our innovative team and the complex work we do. Tune in…

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So Many Jobs. So Many Opportunities to Grow. | By Rhonda L. Morano, Maryland Quality & Day Program Manager

Posted on February 12, 2021

Greg Miller, our CEO, loves to tease me by telling me I have had the most titles (nine) and offices of anyone at Penn-Mar. That’s what happens when you’ve been with an organization for 32 years that has the well-deserved reputation for constantly innovating its…

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What Gifts Can You Share to Support People with Disabilities? | by David Stang, Penn-Mar Supporter & Friend

Posted on February 2, 2021

For nearly 13 years I would drive some 1,250 miles round-trip from my home in Louisville, KY to visit my brother Murray at his Penn-Mar community home in Maryland. I tried to make the trip at least once a month to stay connected to my…

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Virtual Employment Supports: The Sky’s the Limit

Posted on January 29, 2021

How do you make the best of a bad situation? One answer is you adapt creatively. In the last ten months, Penn-Mar Westminster’s Customized Employment (CE) team made lemonade out of a sackful of lemons. The sweet success of the team’s Virtual Employment Supports program,…

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Team Member Spotlight: Dean Pearson

Posted on January 21, 2021

Each month, we’ll be highlighting a “behind-the-scenes” team member whose work supports our mission, but whose face you might not often see on our social media pages. We’re excited to help you get to know our innovative team and the complex work we do. Tune…

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Posted on January 8, 2021

As Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Tina Chan Sweenie is tasked with finding corporations looking for meaningful employee service projects or specific program donation opportunities. Hired in January 2020 to formalize the organization’s volunteer effort, she was only two months into the job when the pandemic…

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Helping People Visualize and Live Their Dreams

Posted on August 6, 2020

At Penn-Mar we talk a lot about the power of transformation. Our tagline, “Transforming life into living,” speaks to our mission to do whatever it takes to help the people we support live interesting, meaningful, self-directed lives. And while it all sounds noble and inspirational,…

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Virtual Supports Are a Game Changer

Posted on August 6, 2020

When COVID-19 upended all our lives and forced us to stay at home, Penn-Mar Human Services took it all in stride. Our Customized Employment team immediately implemented remote employment supports – and it’s yielded incredible results. “Of course, it was challenging at first,” said Tori…

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Penn-Mar Human Services Launches a New Consulting Division

Posted on August 6, 2020

On July 1st, 2020 Penn-Mar launched our Consulting Division. Mike Shriver serves as the Director along with Kevin Walker, Director of Employment services. While we have been providing consulting support to several partner organizations over the past 4 years, we have decided to formally create…

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