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Music to Our Ears
Once a month on Mondays, beautiful live music floods the Punxsy ATF thanks to local restaurant owner and former special education teacher, Frank Hetrick. Program Specialist Barb Fetterman reached out to Frank about visiting the ATF occasionally and he happily accepted the invitation. For the past three years, Frank has regularly visited the Punxsy ATF with his violin to visit and provide a live music experience for the program participants.
“Frank is very active in the community, and it’s a great feeling to know that he always makes time in his busy schedule to include the Punxsy ATF and its participants,” said Fetterman.
Several participants at the ATF are former students of Frank’s which is how he initially became familiar with Fayette Resources. One of those former students, Geri Ann, joined in on providing her fellow participants with a live music experience. Frank put a keyboard in front of her during one of his visits and revealed her “hidden talent” to everyone at the ATF. Geri Ann’s face lit up as she played, and now she happily plays songs on the keyboard for her friends and staff at the ATF.
“I wish there were more Franks in the world,” said Fetterman. “It’s so nice to see the interaction between him and the participants.”
During Frank’s visits, participants at the Punxsy ATF love singing along to the songs that he plays and simply talking to him. They are always excited to see Frank and to hear him play their favorite songs on his violin.
“The clients are always happy, cooperative, and very engaged while I visit and play the violin,” said Frank.
When he visits, Frank says hello to everyone at the ATF and knows all the individuals by name. Part of his visits are spent asking the individuals how they are and hearing about what the individuals have been doing since his last visit. The participants love and enjoy this time that they spend with Frank.
“Frank means a lot to the participants,” said Fetterman. “He’s not just a visitor. He’s a friend.”
Congratulations NADD Certified DSPs
Fayette Resources, Inc. is proud to announce their involvement in the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) Competency-Based Direct Support Professional Certification Program!
The NADD Direct Support Professional Certification validates that a Direct Support Professional (DSP) has an advanced level of skill and knowledge in providing services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Areas of expertise include Assessment and Observation, Behavior Support, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Health and Wellness, and Community Collaboration and Teamwork.
In order to meet the standards established by NADD for this certification, a DSP must meet certain prerequisites. These prerequisites are that they have worked as a DSP in the IDD/MI field for one calendar year, have 1,000 hours of direct service hours, are an employee in good standing, and have confidence in and make a commitment to a professional Code of Ethics.
This is a very prestigious honor and Fayette Resources is very proud of our 8 DSP’s who have achieved this. Those individuals are Samantha Daugherty, Lindsey Casher, Mark Kiger, Lindsey Rotsch, Megan Junod, Fawn Duttry, Jeana Gervasoni, and Cindy Wazelle. These DSP’s have made the on-going commitment to provide innovative, progressive, high quality and effective services to those with a dual diagnosis. Congratulations!!!
Local Business Supports Special Needs Fund Again
Brew’s Belly Bar and Grill hosted their 2nd annual Corn Hole Tournament to benefit Fayette Resources, Inc. on June 3rd. With 32 cornhole teams, they increased the number of participants this year by 8 teams. At the event, participants enjoyed food, drinks, some competitive cornhole, and music by DJ Todd and local band, One Bad Night. Laurie and Bill Rosko came out on top winning 1st place in the tournament and $347 as their prize. The Cornhole Tournament was successful in raising $3,200 for Fayette Resources’ Special Needs Fund. We appreciate the support of a great local business and our community.
Fayette Resources would like to thank Brew’s Belly Bar & Grill for hosting the event and US Screen Printing for donating the event shirts, signs, and can coozies. We would also like to thank everyone who sponsored the Cornhole Tournament this year: Blades N Spades, Greg’s Hoe Service, RG Carolla Inc., Faris Auto Body & Sales Inc., Scottdale Music Service, Ford Business Machines Inc., Vavrek Auto Body, Dave Harper Construction, Bob Lake Motorsports, Off Road Concepts, and Laurel Highlands Insurance Group. We’d also like to thank everyone who attended and made the event a success.
Brew’s Belly Bar & Grill is located in Lemont Furnace. It’s a great place to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. They have daily lunch and dinner specials, live entertainment, and it’s a great place to watch and cheer on your favorite Pittsburgh teams on multiple big screen tvs. Check them out on Facebook!
Lights, Camera, Relay
On June 24th, Fayette Resources took part in the fight against cancer by participating in Relay for Life for the 6th year. This fun and meaningful event was a success yet again and had a good turnout.
“The atmosphere is the most enjoyable part,” said Relay Team Captain Andrea Walsh. “Seeing all of the support for the cancer survivors, cancer patients, and caregivers is so special.”
The special laps are one highlight of the event where an abundance of unity and support can be felt. During the event, there are laps dedicated to cancer survivors and caregivers.
“These two laps showcase the bravery, love and support for all of the people who are still fighting to find a cure,” said Andrea.
And Fayette Resources is happy to be a part of that fight. The Fayette Resources Relay Team raised $1,874 this year from their fundraisers and raffled off items the day of the event. At the team’s tent, they raffled off a Wishing Well that was donated by Elliot Co. and a Pittsburgh Penguins basket. Fayette Resources also entered items into the Chinese Action to be raffled off.
Relay for Life is always a fun event to take part in. Fayette Resources plans to continue participating in Relay for Life with hopes of seeing a cure become a reality.