Archived News & Events, August 2019


The ReelAbilities Film Festival is Coming to Pittsburgh!

Reel Abilities Pittsburgh

ReelAbilities Pittsburgh presents award-winning films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of individuals with disabilities. All movies will be featured at the Southside Works Cinema located at 425 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh from September 4 – 11.

Tickets are now on sale. Get your tickets here.

Merakey is pleased to be a ReelAbilities Pittsburgh community partner! Use discount code MAVS-1 to save $1 per ticket (advance purchase tickets only and must be used by 1pm on the day of the event). After you add a ticket to your cart, make sure to enter the discount code before you click checkout.

For additional information, visit ReelAbilities Pittsburgh. We hope to see you there!


Liz Continues to Pursue Her Dreams

Liz continues to pursue her dreams by learning how to use a Cricut design machine to create her own line of I Can't be Put Down products.

I Can't be Put Down is the title of Liz’s original poem that talks about her abilities. Liz and Cricut designer Kim Cole created a cup with her famous saying. Kim commented that Liz was a quick study. Liz is interested in pursuing Cricut designing for personal use and possibly for sale on day.

Another goal of Liz’s was to have her own debit card. She’s happy to report that she recently received her card, and she has been tracking her own expenses.

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Liz at work! Liz at work!

Darlene Attends Curves

Darlene, an individual from Merakey AVS, has been attending her local Curves walking class twice a week since January. She knows everyone’s name in the class and always looks forward to going. The members ask Darlene about her weekend and future plans, and really enjoy hearing about them. She has been building great friendships while staying fit!

The group helped Darlene celebrate her birthday last week with a beautiful card. “You put light into my life,” is just one of the many inspiring messages written in her card.

Darlene @ Curves
Darlene @ Curves
Darlene @ Curves

Anniversary Celebrations at Merakey Allegheny Valley School

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Employees of Merakey Allegheny Valley School’s 1996 Ewings Mill Road location are celebrating Merakey’s 50th anniversary by highlighting employees work anniversaries each month with a dessert celebration. Thank you to the following for your dedication to the Merakey mission, and Happy Anniversary!

  • Barb Mele (7 years)
  • Lisa Beron (7 years)
  • Tyler McCalmon (4 years)
  • Asha Merlina (13 years)
  • Debby McCaffrey (33 years) - not pictured

Celebrating Sundae Fundae

Thank you to Lintons Food Service Management for donating tickets to the Pressley Ridge Annual Sundae Fundae on August 11 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Individuals supported by Merakey, staff members and families experienced the sights and sounds of the zoo while enjoying more than a dozen flavors of Graeter's Ice Cream! Additional activities included face painting, live music, a magician, and character visits. Everyone had a terrific time and an exciting Sundae Fundae!

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Tommy Supports his Brother in the NFL

Tommy, a resident of Merakey Allegheny Valley School’s Patricia Hillman Miller Campus in Pittsburgh had a great day on August 9. Along with his family, he attended the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game to watch his older brother, Justin, play in the NFL (as a Buccaneer). Pre-game, Tommy and his parents made their TV debut on the local news!


Robinson Technology Home Attends Pirates Game

The gentlemen from the Robinson Technology Home at Merakey AVS recently enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA watching the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals. A big thanks to Tickets for Kids Charities for helping to secure the donated tickets to the game!

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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh Visit

Cassandra, Olivia, and Teresa from Merakey AVS recently visited the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Their favorite activities were the circuit room, water area and looking around in the gift shop. The ladies are part of the Community Participation Supports group at the Zapp Program Center, which gives them the opportunity to explore the many amazing resources in their community.

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