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  • Peaceful Living’s Autumn Gala: Celebrating 15 Years of Love, Life and Laughter

    Posted by on October 11, 2016, in Featured

    Join us on Wednesday, October, 19 at 6:00 pm

    for a fun evening of live music and great food as we

    “Celebrate 15 Years of Love, Life and Laughter.”

    For more information or to register online, visit:

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  • Toward a Vibrant Community

    Posted by on October 11, 2016, in Featured

    Join Us

    Thursday, October 27

    8:00 am to 11:00 am

    Indian Valley Country Club

    650 Bergey Rd., Telford

    Join us for this important forum which will focus on identifying and building relationships so that we can find solutions for meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities in our community.

    Remember the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? The same could be said for including people with disabilities in their communities. Many times after graduation, people with disabilities “fall off the cliff” so to speak. At this age, funding sources change and they often lose … Read More!

  • The Power of the Powerless- Part II; Dieter Schmidt Survives T4 With Humor and Grace

    Posted by on September 20, 2016, in Executive Director's Blog

    I was first introduced to the Nazi’s T-4 program in August 1967. While I did not know what T-4 was, according to Steve Silverman in his book: Neurotribes; The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, 200,000 individuals with disabilities were euthanized or taken into the ovens along with the Jews as a part of this program.

    Dieter Schmidt, (R) with friend Karl-Heinz Ruber (L) in 1968. Photo by Joe Landis.

    Dieter Schmidt was in his 30’s when I first met him as his caregiver, in what was then West Berlin, Germany, as part of my alternative service as … Read More!

  • The Power Of Belonging

    Posted by on September 1, 2016, in Executive Director's Blog

    The Power of Belonging

    Joe Landis, CEO

    August 2016

    In his very moving article written in the Wall Street Journal in 1985 by Christopher de Vinck, he describes his brother who was disabled:

    “Even now, five years after his death from pneumonia on March 12, 1980, Oliver still remains the weakest, most helpless human being I ever met, and yet he was one of the most powerful human beings I ever met. He could do absolutely nothing except breathe, sleep, eat, and yet he was responsible for action, love, courage, insight”… (For the complete article see below[1]).

    As I re-start … 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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