We are filled with gratitude as we reflect on our September 19 Celebration of Belonging honoring the life and work of Dr. Helen Rawson Early.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the evening a meaningful celebration and a huge success! Because of your support, the event far surpassed our expectations:
Over $48,000 was raised to create belonging for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism
Three chartered bus trips (one for each Day Program site) were fully funded by donors during the live auction
Nine glider benches (one for each Residential home) were sponsored by generous bidders
This event will allow us to continue to enhance the surroundings and provide reliable transportation for the amazing men and women that we serve. We can’t thank you all enough, and would like to once more tell our sponsors how much we appreciate their generosity and support.
The plan for next September’s event is already gaining steam…we want to see you there!
Please join us on September, 19, 2018 at 6pm for the Celebration of Belonging Benefit and Auction where we will be honor the 2018 Belonging Animator Award Recipient DR. HELEN RAWSON EARLY.
The Celebration of Belonging Benefit and Auction brings together community partners, friends, and family who believe in our mission of creating belonging for men and women with intellectual disabilities.
Enjoy food, beverages, a silent and live auction, and short program honoring Helen.
Event Location: 569 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438
I am thrilled to introduce Lisa Musselman as Peaceful Living’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO).
In her role, Lisa will oversee all programs and services provided by Peaceful Living. She is exceptionally qualified and has a vast knowledge of the residential and day program regulations. Lisa has a proven track record of success. One notable accomplishment includes the expansion of home and community habilitation services in the Lehigh Valley.
Lisa began her 29-year career in human services as a residential Direct Support Professional and Community Home Supervisor after which she served as a Program Specialist in an adult day program at Community Services Group. She managed supported employment and community based programs for 17 years at Via of the Lehigh Valley.
Lisa’s tenure as the Vice President of Programs at Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania included the development and oversight of camping, respite, community based, and supported employment services. In her role as the Director of Developmental Disability Services at Step By Step, Inc., she managed residential, life sharing, respite, and community based programs.
Lisa has extensive experience in management, program development, and grant writing. She holds a M.A. from Lehigh University in Political Science in addition to certification as a Certified Employment Support Professional and is the treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Supports Coalition.
The COO has oversight of the areas of responsibility previously assigned to the VP of Operations, a position that was recently eliminated from the organizational structure.
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.