Peaceful Living is pleased to announce that Leland Sapp, former Vice President of Operations, has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer. Leland joined the Peaceful Living team in July of 2015 and quickly embraced the Belonging Model™ of care.
Leland earned a Bachelor of Science from Milligan College and a Master of Ministry from Kentucky Christian University. He has held numerous roles in the intellectual disability field throughout his career. Leland plans to lead with a clear focus on our mission of “Creating belonging for people with disabilities within a faith community.”
Mark Abissi, Board President, said, “The Board is very happy to have Leland Sapp provide leadership to the next season in the life of Peaceful Living.”
Recently our CEO and fearless leader Joe Landis received a Lifetime Achievement Award from PA Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability. Surrounded by colleagues and long-time friends, Joe humbly accepted the award noting that he has always felt “called” to serve people with disabilities and that it has been a joy to work with the members of PAR. Congratulations Joe!
Recently participants and staff from all three Creative Gifts locations gathered at the office in Harleysville for a great big Easter Egg Hunt. It was great to have folks from all three locations all together in one place. Below are some highlights.
Residential Easter Activities
Our homes also had a lot of fun with Easter activities. Ms. Carly had an egg hunt and picnic with her staff and their families; David and the guys at Gehman worked on a bunny craft with Pam; and Sue, our Director of Residential Services, helped out dying eggs at Jubilee.
Meet our Social Programs Volunteers of the Month for March
This month we celebrate not one, but two volunteers! Sarah and Chris first started volunteering with our SOUL Club and now volunteer their time with our SOUL 2 group. It was obvious from the start just how awesome these two were. They become fast friends with everyone and have a way of making our individuals feel special. They always welcome our friends with a smile and go above and beyond the call of duty. We feel extremely thankful for them and all they do!
Find out more about what has been going on at Peaceful Living this past year as our journey to belonging continues.
Included are stories about a staff member’s life-long passion for working with people with disabilities, our pARTners Art Exhibit at the Bucks County Justice Center, the importance of community partnerships in finding Belonging, and a memorial tribute for the special friends we lost last year.