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Lifesteps VIP Serve: Battle of the Banks

Letter from Karen Sue Owens, Lifesteps President and CEO 

Achieving Your Goals - Kentony's Journey Towards Employment 

Kentony - Lifesteps Armstrong County Program Center

Finding a job is a major milestone for most teens and young adults today. Of course everyone’s journey through life is different, but for most, the goal is to lead a productive and fulfilling life. Kentony, a young man attending Lifesteps Armstrong Community OutReach program, has proven that individuals with disabilities are no exception. 
 
Kentony began attending Lifesteps program in January of 2016 while he was still in high school. The Community OutReach program supports individuals with disabilities who desire opportunities for community involvement. Kentony began attending the program a few days a week with a goal to stay organized and active. It was also a place where he could 
interact with friends. 
 
After graduating high school, Kentony set a goal to join the workforce. For many young adults the next step after high school can be unclear. Transition services offered at six Lifesteps Community OutReach Programs are designed to help high school students and young adults with disabilities prepare to live as independently as possible; incorporating independent living skills, vocational and employment skills, and on‑going education and training.
 
Through a combination of skills learned while attending Lifesteps’ Community OutReach Program, Kentony obtained unpaid work experience at a local dance studio in Butler. He and three other classmates visit the studio every Wednesday and work together to accomplish their tasks. “Well, what I like to do most is wipe the mirrors, the faucets, or the windows…it’s teamwork” he said when asked about the favorite aspects of his experiences. When not at the dance studio, he spends some of his time at the Salvation Army, or volunteering for the Armstrong Rails to Trails cleaning and making the trails more enjoyable for everyone. 
 
 
In December 2017, the Armstrong Community OutReach Program relocated to a new location in Kittanning to better accommodate the needs of the participants, their families, and the Armstrong community. Incorporating Lifesteps transition service into the program center has been a huge asset to the teens and young adults seeking employment or volunteer experiences. The new location also provides students and teachers with a separate space designated specifically for classroom lessons. The lessons focus on job skills training and help the students prepare to enter the workforce. 
 
Today, Kentony continues to gain skills, volunteering in the Armstrong community, and attending various community and Lifesteps events to talk about his success. “He’s very social” said Eileen Tuck, Senior Supervisor of the Armstrong Community OutReach Program, “He has more confidence and is more at ease with his communication skills than he was before.”  Building new skills and confidence are all helping Kentony as he continues his journey towards employment and fulfiling his goal. 
 
 

Lifesteps Adult Day Health Services - Providing Care and Support for Your Loved Ones

Lifesteps Adult Day Health Services is a medically-monitored day program in Butler County and has been providing care and support for seniors for over 25 years. 
 
The program provides an affordable option of care for loved ones not needing 24-hour care, but would benefit from the safety, structure, support, and social interaction of a day program in a comfortable, relaxed setting.  Participants within the program benefit from daily activities designed to enhance health, stimulate conversation, prevent social isolation, and improve individual functioning while family members and caregivers enjoy the peace of mind knowing their loved ones are being cared for with dignity and respect in a safe and nurturing space. 
 
Lifesteps Adult Day Health Service is available to Butler County Residents. For a free trial visit or for a tour of the facility please call Lifesteps at 724-283-1010. 
 
 
Education In Action: 
Lifesteps Early Education Program
 
At Lifesteps, we are committed to helping students build a strong foundation for lifelong learning both in and out of th
e classroom, which is why we are excited to share Lifesteps newest initiative, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS). 
 
PBIS is a method for teachers to help students learn appropriate behaviors both in and out of the classroom. Behaviors are taught to students through a series of demonstrations and classroom activities, the same techniques used to teach math and science. The goal of incorporating PBIS is to help prevent behavioral issues before they become a larger challenge, potentially affecting learning, communication, and other social factors.  
 
Currently, PBIS is implemented in elementary, middle and even high schools. Lifesteps is one of only a few early education centers in Pennsylvania to incorporate PBIS into the curriculum, providing students with a greater opportunity for success. Lifesteps has adopted a “bee theme” as a way to make the curriculum fun and engaging to children. 
 
 
 
 
Lifesteps VIP Serve: Battle of the Banks
 
Lifesteps Star Gala 2015 Star Award Reciepient
It was another great year at Lifesteps VIP Serve: Battle of the Banks on March 8, 2018 at H.B Culpeppers in Indiana. In a battle between CNB Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, Marion Center Bank and S&T Bank for the most tips, First Commonwealth Bank was announced winner of this year’s battle. Altogether the banks and Culpeppers were able to raise $4,225 for the Lifesteps Family Caring Fund which supports programs like Child Check, a free developmental and autism screening service for children birth to age five, and the Family Care Mobile Resource Center offering free resources for adults and families in Indiana County. Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and visitors for coming together for another year of friendly competition in support of Lifesteps.
 
For upcoming event information or to view the many other ways
you can get involved, visit our events page.
 
 
 
 
 

Letter from Karen Sue Owens, Lifesteps President and CEO 

Karen Sue Owens - CEO Lifesteps, Inc.

At this time of year I often find myself reflecting on new growth and beginnings that we see as spring blooms around us. I also reflect on the achievements of participants and the positive impact Lifesteps mission has on the communities we serve. 
 
The New Year kicked off with new beginnings as our Armstrong Community OutReach Program moved into the Armstrong County Program Center which opened last year.   The move has been a huge blessing as Lifesteps is able to provide more services and meet the growing needs of the community. 
 
I am inspired by all of the hard work, commitment and dedication of the staff and am proud of the many successes achieved daily by participants.  Together with our partners, board members, and supporters Lifesteps can continue to create future success for children, adults, and families in need. 
 
On behalf of the organization and those we serve… we thank you for your commitment to Lifesteps mission. 
 
 
 
 
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