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Articles Posted May 2015

Hats Off to Rose - Retiring

posted May 29, 2015
Hats Off to Rose - RetiringHats off to Rose – Retirement!

After 19 years of Service to East Suburban Citizen Advocacy, Rose House is retiring this summer after serving in the capacity of Administrative Assistant and former Board Member. She said her time with ESCA for the past 19 years has been rewarding, memorable and very dear to her.

Rose stated “The memories I’ve made and the friends I’ve made will be a part of me for the rest of my life. Being an advocate for Nancy was so special for me and for Don as we shared our lives, our home and our love. Serving on the ESCA board was a privilege and an honor. These last 14 years as administrative assistant, the picnics, the evenings at Apple Hill, working with some amazing interns, the fun-filled beautiful Christmas parties and calling the winners of the lotto fundraiser are treasured memories”.

She thanked all of our board members over the years and a very special thank you to Kate Cala for guiding ESCA in a direction that gives opportunities for everyone to be included in our community and to have a team working on their behalf.

Her wish for ESCA is that the program continues to make a difference in the lives of the extraordinary people we serve.

Kate Cala, Executive Director and Donna Forys, ESCA Board President and speaking on behalf of the Board, thanked Rose for all of her contributions over the years.

Congratulations Rose and enjoy your retirement!

ESCA Sponsors Tent at Special Olympics

posted May 20, 2015
ESCA Sponsors Tent at Special OlympicsEast Suburban Citizen Advocacy sponsored a tent at the Westmoreland Special Olympics. The event was held at Norwin High School Stadium on May 16th. Although the rain shortened the event, ESCA staff and volunteers sponsored various games for the athletes to participate in, between their scheduled events. The most popular games were "Corn Hole" and the "Hula Hoop" games. The athletes who participated in the games received a Green ESCA bracelet for their efforts. We also had special a guest appearance by the Sisters from Clelian Heights, who also participated in some of the games. What a Special Day for all those who participated.

St Vincent College to Host B.E.S.T. Transition Program

posted May 05, 2015
St Vincent will host the Bearcat B.E.S.T. Transition Program
Building Excellence through Skills Training

Bearcat B.E.S.T. is a transition program for individuals ages 18-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program provides a college-based transition experience that enables young adults with these disabilities to bridge the gap from the K-12 school environment to adulthood, building the skills needed for maximal adult independence in a safe, supportive campus setting with typically developing peers.

The Bearcat B.E.S.T. program was born of the need, expressed by parents of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for transition programming that would focus on the needs of young adults who, while they may not have the aptitude for post-secondary education, could achieve, with appropriate transition programming, a greater level of independence than a sheltered workshop would provide them. The goals of the program are to develop the students’ capabilities in each of the four pillar areas: functional academics, vocational training, activities of daily living and social skills.

Contact Us
Deadline for applications for the St. Vincent Bearcat BEST program is May 15. If your planing on submitting application, please make sure it's being processed! The website for more information is: ​[remove_http]https://www.stvincent.edu/bearcatBEST/

If you have questions about the Bearcat B.E.S.T. Program or would like additional information, please feel free to contact us:

Bearcat B.E.S.T. Program
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650-2690


Drum Stix - Just About Over for this Spring

posted May 01, 2015
Drum Stix - Just About Over for this SpringThere are only two more DrumStix classes to be held this Spring, May 7 and May 21. It had been an enjoyable year led by Coleen Bortz, our instructor. Attached above is a photo of all the folks who attended on April 30th.

If you've ever considered attending a DrumStix class at Clelian Heights in Greensburg, we'd welcome the opportunity to have you join in on the fun and exercise.

Reminder - DAY OF GIVING MAY 5

posted May 01, 2015
Reminder - DAY OF GIVING MAY 5On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, East Suburban Citizen Advocacy will be participating in the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County's Day of Giving.

On this day between the hours of 8: 00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight, all online credit card donations made to East Suburban Citizen Advocacy at www.westmorelandgives.org will be matched by the Foundation from a prorated match pool making your gift go even further!

East Suburban Citizen Advocacy
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