New Edition of Belonging Released!

What’s inside?
– Our latest financials report
– A comprehensive list of our donors
– Stories of belonging from all around the Peaceful Living community
– A look back at our 2018 Celebration of Belonging (and a preview of our upcoming 2019 event)
– Over TWO DOZEN pictures of the men and women we proudly serve!

(Click to view!)

Thank you – we have a few reasons to celebrate!

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!

Join Us for the Celebration of Belonging

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

  Contact Connie Maurer at 610.287.1200, ext. 2092 or email to



Welcome to Our New Vice President of Operations

I am thrilled to introduce Lisa Musselman as Peaceful Living’s new Vice President of Operations.

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.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome. Lisa Musselman can be reached at 610.287.1200, ext. 2040 or


Leland Sapp, CEO

Leland Sapp Assumes Responsibilities of CEO

Leland Sapp, Peaceful Living CEOPeaceful 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.”