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  • Join the #GivingTuesday movement!

    Posted by on October 9, 2015, in Creative Gifts & Events & Featured

    With all the money you’ll have saved from Black Friday and Cyber-Monday, please consider an online gift on #GivingTuesday. All proceeds from this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign will support Creative Gifts’ pARTners art program. pARTners provides an opportunity for the individuals we serve to express themselves through art. Under the guidance of Elena Drozdova, Director of pARTners Art, the collaborative process creates a sense of community among our staff and individuals as many hands contribute to every single piece we create.

    To make a donation, please click the #GivingTuesday banner above. Questions about how you can help? Feel free to call … Read More!

  • I Belong

    Posted by on August 27, 2015, in Featured & Residential

    At our Belonging Gala on June 11, 2015, we debuted our latest video called I Belong. The video highlights the life of one of the ladies that live in our Shalom House. Louise talks about how she helps around the house and the things she likes to participate in since she retired earlier this year. She also talks about how it feels to finally BELONG to something.


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  • Register Now for our Safe Passage Conference

    Posted by on August 21, 2014, in Events

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    Safe Passage: Co-Creating Caring Relationships to Navigate Life’s Journey

    Join us for our 4th biennial conference

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    at Souderton Mennonite Church

    105 W. Chestnut St.,

    Souderton, PA 18964

    8:30 am to 4:15 pm

    Registration starts at 7:45 am

    Cost: $75

    Keynote Speakers: Erik W. Carter, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on educational and transition services for adolescents with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities; inclusive education; self-determination; and religion and disability. He is the author of Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, … Read More!

  • Jack’o’Lantern Project for people with Visual Impairment

    Posted by on July 23, 2014, in Family Services & Projects of Belonging & Sharing Ideas

    One of our companions, Rebecca, came up with this really neat method for helping a person with visual impairment carve a jack’o’lanturn. Please check it out!

    1. First, ask them to pick out a pattern that they like.
    2. Then use pins to stick the pattern in place on the pumpkin.
    3. Try to space the pins about as far apart as dots would be in connect the dots.

    4. Remove the pattern and the pins, leaving only the pin holes.
    5. Insert a sharp knife with a non-slip handle near one of the pin holes.
    6. Let them carefully … Read More!

  • Tied to Berlin, tied to the earth, tied to the sky

    Posted by on May 13, 2014, in Executive Director's Blog & Featured & Ponderings

    I am inextricably tied to Berlin. I was born on August 13.  August 13, 1961 is when the Berlin Wall went up.  I turned 21 while doing my alternative service as a conscientious objector in “West” Berlin from 1967/69, caring for 15 persons with disabilities, all who somehow were passed over by Hitler.  Like the city at that time, when I arrived in September 1967, I was fully divided within myself, trying to decide was I going to live a life controlled by what others thought I should be or was I going to be able to listen to who … Read More!

  • Are We Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses?

    Posted by on February 14, 2014, in Executive Director's Blog & Featured & Ponderings

    Are We Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses?
    All Agency Staff Meetings January 28 and 31, 2014
    Opening Devotional

    Long Black Vale The Band
    Ten years ago on a cold dark night,
    Someone was killed ‘neath the town hall light.
    There were few at the scene, but they all agreed, That the slayer who ran looked a lot like me.
    Chorus ~ She walks these hills, in a long black veil.
    She visits my grave, when the night winds wail.
    Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows, but me The Judge said son, what is your alibi,
    If you were somewhere
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  • Dovetail Fall 2013

    Posted by on December 20, 2013, in Dovetail & Featured

    The Fall 2013 edition of Peaceful Living’s Dovetail Newsletter is now out! It introduces our “Safe Passages” theme for 2014, introduces our new employment program, and has updates on Creative Gifts, Congregational Ministry, Friendship Connection, and more. You can download it in pdf format by clicking here or view it online by clicking here.


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