Archived News & Events, August 2020

08.28.2020

Merakey's Bandstand Bash was a Smash!

The Virtual Merakey Bandstand Bash was held on August 13 through Zoom! The event brought together hundreds of individuals supported by Merakey IDD, staff members, sponsors and others - from across the country - for a night of dancing, trivia, and FUN! The event was originally scheduled for June at Heinz Field but had to be postponed due to the pandemic, which gave us the opportunity to open it up to all of Merakey IDD, nationwide. Eric Burnett from Fireside Events hosted the Bash with help from Merakey’s Employment Services Supervisor DJ Joe “Electric” Ledrick. Throughout the event there were shoutouts and song requests from participants in numerous locations. The chat feature on Zoom helped everyone to stay connected and many were sending messages with song requests and notes to their friends all evening. DJ Joe Electric led two rounds of TV theme song trivia. Many dressed up in formal attire or costumes from their favorite decade and added to the fun by decorating their homes. Contests were held for Best Dressed, Best Decorations, and Best Food Display – check back next week for pictures of the winners.

Bash committee member Liz, who lives at Merakey’s Maratta home, had the following pre-event comment: “Thank you for considering something like this. It definitely gave us something to look forward to. I have been talking to the ladies in my house about it for a long time. We got up that morning and decorated. Everyone was pumped. This is not just a dance on Zoom…it’s more than that. It means something…it’s a light for us because we don’t do a lot right now. It puts our minds in a different mode. I’m excited just thinking about it.” “If ever there was a time to be re-inspired and reminded why we do what we do, it was during this event,” commented Hummelstown Campus Residential Services Manager Niki Ubaldi. “It was truly one of the best memories that I will hold onto. Thanks for all your hard work in providing such a special time for the individuals during such a trying time.”

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the Merakey Bandstand Bash possible!

08.28.2020

Goodie Bags at Merakey AVS

Goodie bags

Thank you to Program Instructor Lacy May and her 14-year old daughter Isabella for creating goodie bags for employees at the Merakey AVS Pittsburgh Campus. This creative project was Isabella’s idea so she could spread some cheer. Everyone commends her and her mom for their thoughtfulness! Along with treats, each bag contained an inspirational note. One staff member commented that Lacy looked like Santa coming through the Campus, giving out the goodie bags.

08.28.2020

Looking Cool and Staying Safe

Looking cool

The guys at Merakey AVS’ Evergreen Home are testing out their cool new hats. “They seem to enjoy the hats with face shields that we ordered for them!” commented House Manager Serena McClure.

08.21.2020

Camping Indoors

The ladies at Ewings Mill I at Merakey AVS had a camping night right in their living room. They made a crafty fire, gazed at the stars, had s’mores dip, and ended the night with a sleepover. Everyone had a great time!

08.21.2020

New Backyard Oasis

The ladies at Nolte at Merakey AVS are enjoying their new backyard vacation spot. They added chairs, a firepit and tent to make it the perfect area to relax.

Oasis
Oasis
Oasis
Oasis
08.21.2020

Making Meatballs at Merakey AVS

Cooking with Darlene and Jonathan!

Jonathan, a resident at Merakey AVS, made meatballs for his housemates through the "Cooking with Darlene" Zoom held by his Zapp Center program instructor. Everyone enjoyed the meatballs and is looking forward to Jonathan’s next culinary creation!

08.14.2020

Christmas in July

The Wildwood home at Merakey AVS celebrated Christmas in July with games, activities and a holiday feast. They wrapped up the festivities with an outdoor viewing of the movie Elf under the stars with popcorn and Christmas punch. A special thanks to the staff members who coordinated the event: Heather Bailes, Casey Briones, Nick Shriver and Gary Staats. Everyone had a jolly good time celebrating Christmas in July!

08.07.2020

Congratulations, Sylvester, for Practicing Safety First

Congratulations to Merakey Hospital Tripper/Driver Sylvester Price for receiving a Safety First Motor Vehicle Report! It was recently reported anonymously through the 800 number on the back of the Merakey bus that Sylvester was operating a vehicle in a smooth manner, signaling well, traveling at a good speed, and allowing others to cross over which alleviated some of the heavy traffic flow.

Sylvester has been working for Merakey AVS for 33 years and coordinates getting the consumers safely to and from all of their important appointments.

“PHMC appreciates all that Sylvester does for the consumers and is proud of his safety record,” commented Administrator Michelle Miller.

08.07.2020

Happy 50th Birthday, Wendy!

Wendy from Merakey AVS Nolte House recently turned 50, and she celebrated in style! She woke up to her house decorated with tons of balloons and birthday signs, had a Zoom call with family and friends, received a delivery of flowers and an edible arrangement, and saw many of her friends during a birthday drive-by parade. She ended her day with take-out for dinner and a delicious birthday cake. Happy Birthday Wendy!

Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
08.07.2020

Pittsburgh Pirates Play Ball

The “Sports Group” at Merakey AVS in Pittsburgh, plus 14 other groups, celebrated, via Zoom, the Pittsburgh Pirates Season Opener on July 24. Pittsburgh Pirates Fan and Merakey Director of Transportation Ray Christner, along with Transformation Advocate Facilitator/QIDP/PS Dana Boyer, hosted the party for more than 55 people.

In honor of the first game, Dana put together a baseball care package for each home, and included baseball themed items, such as pennants, buttons, bracelets, snacks and more!