People Living the Lives They Choose
Peak Community Services held a Client Appreciation Luncheon as a part of Disability Awareness Month. Cass County Commissioner Ralph Anderson proclaimed March 2014 as Disability Awareness Month in Cass County.
The 2014 Shining Star Award was presented to Ron Barr. This award is presented to a client that volunteers in the community and makes great improvements in the personal growth. Rick Raih was given a certificate of acknowledgement as a Shining Star Nominee (pictures above).
Kelly Coble was presented the Exceptional Employment Services Certificate Client and Tammy Downs,the Exceptional Habilitation Client Certificate (pictures above).
Work Services Exceptional Attendance Awards were presented to Phil Scagnoli, Drew Siddall, Joyce Pope, Fred Howard, Kelly Fry, J.R. Jones, Toni Swartzel, Jessica Ybanez, Kathy Kaminsky, and Tammy Downs.
Bobby Knapp and Tom Frushour were recognized as Clients of the Month for January and February (pictures above).
During Disability Awareness Month Peak Community Services and Logan Savings Bank sponsored a Poster Contest for all 3rd grade students in Cass and Pulaski Counties. There were over 150 entries this year and the winning poster (portion of poster above) was drawn by Anna Artrip, a student of Jane Williams, at Landis Elementary School. She will be awarded a Kindle Fire and a framed copy of her poster in April.
Congratulations to Christina Pifer, Peak Community Services Winamac employee. She was recognized at the IVY Tech’s Regional Phi Beta Kappa awards' ceremony as the Distinguished Chapter Member. Christina is a member of IVY Tech's chapter, Beta Gamma Zeta. She was also elected to be a regional officer, Secretary/Treasurer. Christina is also, providing leadership for Peak Community Services' 2014's Accessibility Survey program.
Logansport is one of five sites around the state that will be evaluating the Indiana School to Work Collaborative - a team approach that calls for an employment specialist and other employment resources in schools. Indiana University’s Center on Community Living and Careers, a division of IU’s Institute on Disability and Community, will coordinate operations and implementation of the School to Work Collaborative, thanks to a five-year, $2.4 million research grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
The study will look at whether having embedded resources will lead to better employment outcomes for young adults with disabilities. The study’s principal investigator says the School to Work Collaborative will examine the number and type of jobs, average wages, and number of hours students work after they leave school as well as whether students and their families are more connected to resources and support services.
The employment specialist will act as a single point of contact, connecting school staff and teachers as well as students and their families to state agencies like Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services and other community employment resources and organizations. Prior to their final year in high school, students at the five sites will participate in several internships where they will be immersed in the work environment and receive on-the-job supports.
The primary target group of the study is students with a disability who are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services support and who may be at risk for dropping out or who are having difficulty obtaining a diploma and leave school with a certificate of completion.
Families of students involved in the School-to-Work Collaborative will also receive information about and trainings on employment, benefits, work incentives and more.
The Logansport High School site includes Peak Community Services as lead provider, with Bona Vista, Cardinal Services and Four County Counseling Center as collaborative providers. Other communities participating include Marion, Indianapolis, Evansville and Bedford.
Peak Community Services recently awarded Walgreens of Cass County an appreciation plaque for their commitment to supporting Employment Services (picture above Darrell Roeske, Walgreens and Jennifer Roush, Employment Services Coordinator).
Peak Community Services has openings in their Supervised Group Living program for interested clients and families.
Please contact Rick Phelps at 574.753.1404 ext 140 for additional information
NOTE: Support Group for Autism
The next meeting, is Tuesday,May 13, 2014, 6:30 PM, at Peak Community Services. Call Nicole Hicks for more information, 765-833-2192.
NOTICE! Annual Reports and Work Plans are available upon request.
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