Current News & Events


What’s Happening at Merakey AVS? (Week of 3/22)

The guys at Nyetimber home had an indoor camping adventure, including making s'mores and homemade luminaries!​​​​​​​

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The individuals from Slippery Rock Road were ready for St. Patrick’s Day and cannot wait for Easter to arrive!

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A Virtual Leprechaun Hunt on St. Patrick’s Day

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Lena Davis, a Motor Development Specialist at the Merakey AVS Slippery Rock Program Center in Pittsburgh went on a virtual Leprechaun Hunt with all of the individuals in the Butler/Mercer area via Zoom. They worked together to solve the clues hidden around the building to find Tony, the Leprechaun. Everyone cheered when Lena finally found Tony. She tried to capture him, but he held her off with Silly String. All the individuals had so much fun helping Lena hunt for Tony.

A Virtual Leprechaun Hunt on St. Patrick’s Day

What’s Happening Around Merakey AVS? (week of 3/15)

The individuals at the Ohioview home enjoyed painting and playing in the snow before it melted.

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The ladies at Malcolm home made t-shirts using their Circuit. They each used the machine and displayed some of their favorite things in their designs.

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Zapp Center Publishes Winter Newsletter on Zoom

The Zapp Center’s Communication Technology Program Newsletter Crew recently published their Winter 2021 issue. The crew got back together on Zoom, welcoming new staff members who joined in to help. They covered their usual content – birthdays, weather, sports, recipes, activity pages and craft pages – and added a special feature in the issue which focused on some of the 40 Zoom Sessions that are offered.

Crew members worked hard to accomplish the issue virtually and wrapped it up with a Publication Party on Zoom. Everyone received a gift bag with a copy of the newsletter, snacks, and two bird feeder craft projects that were featured in the issue. A big thanks to all involved – the newsletter crew, and staff members at the residences who assisted with the bird feeder project and helped to make the Publication Party a success! Everyone is looking forward to starting the next issue.

Zapp Center Newsletter


Merakey IDD Celebrates the Past Year

During the recent virtual Spring Dance held for individuals, families, and staff in the IDD Division, the following video was shared with all to celebrate the past year.


What's Happening at Merakey AVS? (week of 3/8)

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday celebrations

Birthdays are being celebrated at the Patricia Hillman Miller Campus at Merakey AVS, with the help of family members!

Brooke’s parents had cupcakes delivered. Staff members Lori Zulka, Sacheen Smith and Kyshawn Wheaton held a special party so she and her friends could enjoy the delicious treats.

In celebration of Andy’s birthday, his parents had pizza delivered for the staff on all three shifts! They enjoyed the special meal and Andy enjoyed all the birthday attention.

Keep Smiling

The Merakey AVS Hummelstown Campus nurses always keep the individuals they support smiling!

Keep smiling

Building a Snowman

Brandon and Jonathan from the Wildwood home at Merakey AVS help staff member Nick Shriver build a snowman.

Building a snowman

What’s Happening at Merakey AVS? (Week of 03/01)

Denise from the Crestview home made patriotic (and delicious) cupcakes to celebrate Presidents' Day!

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The ladies at the Oregon community home enjoyed a friendly and fun game of Old Maid.

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Wendy and Kacee enjoyed Western Pennsylvania’s winter weather during one of our recent snowstorms.

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Merakey AVS Celebrates Their Staff

On Caregiver Appreciation Day – March 3 – Merakey Allegheny Valley School celebrated its 2020 AVS CHAMPIONS…our Direct Support Professionals and Frontline Managers. Employees were encouraged to wear their AVS CHAMPIONS t-shirt, submit photos, and celebrate their “wins at work” over the past year!

Honoring 24 hours of the day, and the 3 regions where Merakey AVS operates throughout Pennsylvania, 27 Merakey AVS DSPs/Frontline Managers were randomly selected as raffle winners. Congratulations to the following:

Travis Alexander
Cheryl Bostwick
Sarah Brennan
Julie Chipps
Brittany Connor
Kristopher Flage
Deamonie Green
Nicholas Halavanja
Leonard Hayes
Douglas Higby
Robert Hoglund
Marcel Kennedy
James Moore
Cameron Mueller
Krystle Murray
George Peroni Jr.
Cheryl Prus
Elysha Schallus
David Schlosser
Cynthia Solman
Jaquelia Stevens
Faith Vassar
Holly Wait
Carla Waites
Sarah Wesley
Brian Wilson
Amy Wright

THANKS are due to many for helping to make the day special: Lintons Food Service Management, AVI Foodsystems, Inc., Laurel Foodsystems, See’s Candies, treat bag assemblers throughout PA, and drivers and other team members who distributed the treat bags.

Thanks to all Merakey employees for putting your heart and soul into providing exceptional care!

Merakey AVS Celebrates Their Staff

Friday Night Fun on Zoom

The ladies from Ewings Mill II at Merakey AVS were the big winners at the February 5 “Friday Night Fun on Zoom Game Night.” At the end of each gathering, a winner is pulled for the grand prize. The winner is offered a pizza party with their housemates or a surprise gift bag. The ladies chose a surprise gift bag…and a few days later the game night host gave them their surprise with items specific to each individual’s interest.

Friday Night Fun on Zoom
Friday Night Fun on Zoom
Friday Night Fun on Zoom
Friday Night Fun on Zoom