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JANUARY 2013

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Holiday Time at Elwyn

Elwyn Elves made the holidays special.

IN THIS ISSUE

CALENDAR OF February 24, 2013

Events

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From the President

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April 26, 2013

Bags, Baskets and Bling Bingo St. John’s United Church of Christ Emmaus, PA Contact: Robin Urenko 610-573-2500 Robin_urenko@elwyn.org

Elwyn California Bowl-A-Thon Fountain Bowl Fountain Valley, CA Contact: Joan McKinney 714-557-6313 joan_mckinney@elwyn.org

March 2, 2013

April 13, 2013

4th Annual ARCH of Lehigh Valley Wine Tasting and Art Auction Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars New Tripoli, PA Contact: Robin Urenko 610-573-2500 robin_urenko@elwyn.org

Teddy Bedrossian Ski-A-Thon Bear Creek Mountain Resort Macungie, PA Contact: Sue Thompson 610-891-2301 sue_thompson@elwyn.org

Elwyn Children’s Behavioral Health Services Casino Night Ballrooms of Boothwyn Boothwyn, PA Contact: Roseida Bryant 610-891-7058 roseida_bryant@elwyn.org

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Holiday Time

Tis the Season

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President’s Club Luncheon

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CERP

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Let’s just keep it positive

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The Elwyn Japan Connection

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Golden Jubilee

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Save The Dates

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Calendar of Events

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May 3, 2013 Friends of Elwyn Ball and Bounce Hyatt at the Bellevue Philadelphia, PA Contact: Barb Williams 610-891-2002 bwilliams@elwyn.org

No matter what the season, a strong sense of community permeates Elwyn. It is during the many Elwyn holiday events though that this sense of sharing is perhaps most obvious. This past holiday season was no different and special events abounded. Each community home had its own holiday celebration and was decorated in ways that encouraged participation and an understanding of the season and its symbols.

Elwyn’s Adult Services got an early jump on the holidays by hosting a Thanksgiving Harvest on November 17th. This event brought together family, volunteers and other Elwyn commu-

lobby of the Administration Building (see pic. at left) was initially covered with gift tags but these quickly vanished as Santa’s elves pitched in and made sure that no request went unfilled.

The “official” start of the holiday season at Elwyn is the tree lighting which is held each year in the Administration Building circle. This year’s ceremony featured children from the Development Center along Holiday spirit was, of with the rest of the Elwyn course, very evident in Elcommunity. Dan Reardon, wyn’s preschool and schoolElwyn’s COO, presided aged educational programs. over the festivities and arThe Annual Holiday School ranged for a special visit Concert (featured in this from Santa and his elves. issue) enabled students, their Everyone enjoyed the holinity members for a delicious families and staff to come today spirit and the smiling faces gether and celebrate the season meal in the context of a festive of both the children and adults gathering. The Annual Adult in a joyful atmosphere. Classas Santa handed out treats. Residential Holiday Concert rooms used holiday themes in Throughout California, Delawas a big event featuring lessons and art projects. One ware, New Jersey and Pennsyl“Holiday Karaoke” and an ap- vania, the Elwyn community student’s artistic vision of the pearance by Santa himself. season appears on the back came together, as it always cover of this issue of the Elwyn does, in celebration of the past Santa needs lots of helpers at year’s accomplishments and Experience. As usual, Santa Elwyn and for the 18th con- with hope for a happy and Claus was kept very busy and personally visited many Elwyn secutive year, the Elwyn Elves healthy New Year. made sure that he had all the locations again this year. help he needed. The tree in the

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A Time of Renewal JANUARY 2013 Dear Friends of Elwyn, Elwyn continues the energetic pursuit of excellence in governance and in service provision. Throughout this issue of Elwyn Experience you will read stories of the breadth and depth of the service quality at Elwyn. I hope you delight in reading the accomplishments of consumers, families and staff in, as we say in our mission, Maximizing Potential.

Daniel M. Reardon joined the Elwyn management team in October 1993. As Elwyn’s new Sr. V.P. and COO, Mr. Reardon is responsible for corporat oversight and strategic direction of all service line and support department operations for Elwyn and its subsidiaries. Reardon has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova University and an M.B.A. degree from St. Joseph’s University. This issue of the Elwyn Experience marks a change in its editorial board. The Elwyn Experience will continue to highlight happenings in the Elwyn community and present a broad based look at all aspects of Elwyn. We thank you for your support….Eds.

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believe the strongest relationship with families rests there and that is now the focus for those discussions. The major events and agency wide appeals will be shared by the Board Development Leadership Council under the direction of Board member, Tom Hollinger and me. We will call upon Board and staff to continue raising funds to supplement programs.

I am excited about these changes and look forward to expanding In pursuit of excellence in govmy communication with many of ernance, the Board and I have adjusted how responsibilities for you. Should you have questions Nancy M. Catania joined the financial management and devel- or wish more information, please Elwyn management team in feel free to call opment are being distributed. November 2000. As Elwyn’s 610-891-2002 or e-mail me at Effective in November, Daniel new V.P. and CFO, Nancy is sandy_cornelius@elwyn.org. M. Reardon was promoted to responsible for the financial Senior V.P., Chief Operating oversight of all service lines Sincerely, Officer and Nancy M. Catania and support department operawas appointed as Elwyn’s Vice tions for Elwyn and its subsidiPresident, Chief Financial Offiaries She holds a B.S. degree in cer. I refer you to the brief proFinance from Temple Univerfiles on this page. We believe sity, and an M.B.A. degree these changes will allow Elwyn Sandra S. Cornelius, Ph.D. from Widener University. to continue its financial strength President as well as anticipate changes in our programs and flex services Elwyn Experience: A Quarterly Publication of Elwyn wherever needed. Elwyn has also elected to change how the Development function is organized. Going forward the events and solicitations that are service focused will be administered by the service areas. We

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In the late 19th Century the great Japanese philosopher and theologian, Kanzo Uchimura, worked at Elwyn’s Media campus. Uchimura used his time at Elwyn to inform his writings and on returning to Japan he developed a Japanese Christian based faith that he termed “Church Without Walls”. Uchimura wished to replicate services he saw at Elwyn in Japan and maintained a close relationship with Elwyn’s third and fourth presidents, Isaac Kerlin and Martin Barr. Uchimura never accomplished this specific goal and it was left to Fudeko Ishii and her husband Ryoichi to start the first school in Japan for children with special needs, Takinogawa Gakuen.

The documentary aired on Japanese TV this past August, was very well received and has been shown multiple times through various Japanese TV outlets. Subsequent to the airing of the documentary, Elwyn received a request from Professor Yuji Tsumagari of the Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University to lead a delegation to Elwyn in celebration of Takinogawa Gakuen’s 120th Anniversary. The goals of the visit were to have an interchange of ideas between Japanese and Elwyn professionals who support people with special needs, to visit existing Elwyn services and to complete research in Elwyn’s archives. Professor Tsumagari specializes in the history of disability services in Japan and had visited Elwyn twice before to gather data for his writings and research. A 12 person delegation arrived at Elwyn on September 25th, 2012 that included university professors , clinicians and administrators. In addition to Professor Tsumagari, the group was led by Takinogawa Gakuen’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Koji Yamada.

Two recent events have brought Elwyn’s Japanese connection to the forefront once again. In 2012 NHK, a Japanese television network produced a special documentary on the life of Uchimura that includes material relating to his time at Elwyn. A film crew visited the Elwyn and spent the day interviewing staff and filming in and around the Media campus.

(Positive cont. from pg. 6) John has been at ECL since January 2011, and Welcome House has had the pleasure of calling him one of their “Supported Employees,” allowing the Clubhouse to assist John with navigating HR and col-

A three day symposium was held that included welcoming remarks from Elwyn’s president Sandra Cornelius, talks on the history of the two organizations, presentation of a special two volume edition of the history of Takinogawa Gakuen to Elwyn’s archives and visits to Elwyn community and campus based programs.

Golden Jubilee Club Celebration The annual Elwyn Golden Jubilee Club celebration was held on Saturday, November 10th in the atrium

Joe Coltune celebrates with his sister Joan

of Bruce Wechsler Hall. This year 25 individuals who have been supported by Elwyn for over 50 years were honored. Newest members Joe Coltune and Lillian Snyder reached their 50th year in 2012. The atrium was decorated with gold and black balloons and bright yellow flowers. Rose Marie Greco, Executive Director for Supports for Living Services, welcomed the group and introduced Reverend Larry Smoose who provided an invocation. Music was provided by two young musicians, keyboardist/alto saxophonist Hanna (11) and violinist/flautist Joshua (13) Schaaf. The luncheon was followed by a film depicting each of the Golden Jubilee members who were then recognized by Johanna Schaaf, Deputy Director for Supports for Living Services. Special thanks are due to Robin Stover for hosting the event, Patty Burke-Karr who served as photographer and Shanda Lucas, Barbara Swantek, Hazel Yelverton, Janet Huecker, Steve Castellano, Freddie Spencer, Justine Hickey, and Estella Womack who volunteered to serve the delicious meal and make the event enjoyable for all.

laborating with Ticket to Work to put together his NISH eligibility paperwork.

keep it positive." Now that John has a full time job and is earning a full time salary he has had the opportunity to proWhen asked to talk about how far he has vide for his family. Currently one of fifcome, John hesitates, and in keeping with teen ECL staff, as ECL continues to his focus on the future says, "Let’s just grow; John plans to grow with it.

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Let’s just keep it positive.

Experience Tis the season!

John Winns' first interaction with Elwyn was the employment unit at Welcome House in Upper Darby, PA. John spent many mornings faithfully hunting for a job. In addition to filling out countless applications and attending job clubs, a key step in John’s job search was enrolling in Elwyn's Ticket to Work program. John Anderson, Safety & Security Officer at Elwyn surveys the damage to the Elwyn sign caused by a downed electric wire.

After surviving the gloomy Y2K predictions and the aftermath of 9/11, Elwyn took a long look at how it would respond if a disaster should occur that interrupted operations. As a result, Elwyn has planned and continues to plan for all events, no matter how big or small including weather related risks that could affect the Elwyn community. Actions taken in an emergency are rarely effective unless they are Planned for in advance. With that in mind, Elwyn has adopted the Incident Command System (ICS) offering a standardized, on-scene, incident management approach that: -allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communication within a common organizational structure, -enables a coordinated response among various agencies, both public and private and -establishes common processes and the managing resources beyond Elwyn. The ICS model is flexible and can be used for all types of incidents; it is universally recognized by federal, state and local governments as well as many nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. As a system, ICS is extremely useful in that it provides an organizational structure for incident management and also guides the process of planning, building and adapting that structure. Using ICS

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for every incident or planned event helps hone and maintain skills needed for unpredictable large-scale incidents. With Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011 and again most recently with Hurricane Sandy, Elwyn recognized the potential for a disaster and responded by opening the Emergency Command Center (as prescribed by ICS). Preidentified (and trained) personnel assumed complete operational responsibilities for the campuses, community homes and satellite programs. Preparations were in place to quickly and efficiently resolve any and all emergentsituations that presented themselves. As the winds subsided and the rain stopped, the Command Center reviewed status reports from all programs. It was not until the Command Center Chief was confident that no significant issues remained unresolved that a declaration was made that the incident had passed and the Command Center was closed.

With his enrollment in Ticket to Work, John ensured that as he returned to work, he would be able to receive the supports he needed to be successful on the job. He also guaranteed himself a safety net that

Starting in October of each school year, Davidson School students between the ages of 3 and 21 begin preparation and practice for the Winter Concert. Students from all program areas of the Davidson School were invited and encouraged to participate in the event. This year there

Halloween – More Than Just Fun

were over 150 students participating in group, class or individual performances. Students had been practicing for their performances during recess times since October. The Winter Concert took place on December 13th and 14th. The performances were held in Zier Recreation Center on both dates. Student vocal and instrumental performances focused on customs and music from Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanza holiday celebrations. During the preparations and practices for the event, students were introduced to the diversity of these celebrations. Student participation was characterized by group or individual vocal or dance and movement performances and represented students across the full spectrum of intellectual and behavioral challenges.

protects his benefits in the event that he loses his job and in the process became connected with Elwyn’s larger network of employment resources. In March of 2010, John's tenacity began to pay off. He started a Transitional Employment (TE) position with Welcome House Clubhouse; a part-time, timelimited position as a custodian at the Elwyn Post Community Center. Clubhouse Transitional Employment jobs are intended to be a stepping stone to the individual’s long term career goals. John’s excellent performance at his TE position began his track record of securing positive job references and advancing his opportunities for the future.

Excitement was also in the air as preschool children attending the Elwyn Seedlings and Apple Seeds programs donned their costumes and prepared to go “trick or treating”. Children at Seedlings proudly displayed their costumes as they paraded throughout the halls, visiting offices marked with special Halloween pumpkins to let them know they should “trick or treat” at that location. The preschoolers visited neighboring Cristo Rey High School in their costumes to the delight of the high school students.

In keeping with his goals to secure full time employment, John left Post Community Center for a job sorting x-ray film. He excelled at this position and then interviewed for a higher-paying job at the Elwyn Commercial Laundry (ECL) in Aston, PA. (cont. on pg. 7)

The Development Center’s Annual Halloween Parade was well-attended by families and friends cheering the parade

The Winter Concert featured performances by the Junior and Senior Hand Bell Choir, three student vocal ensembles, two student piano solos and two student vocal solos. Audiences for both concert dates included students, staff and families.

This year’s program featured the hard work, motivation and creativity of the Davidson School students and staff who came together to produce another of various superheroes, community helpers, Sesame Street characters, bugs and animals, just to name a few of the adorable costumes. After the children finished marching for their families and friends, they went to visit the residents of Elwyn’s Valley View community as they do each year. In addition to classroom activities, the children had a wonderful day dressing up and singing along with Miss Brenda, the Music therapist.

After Super Storm Sandy many Halloween celebrations were either cancelled or delayed, but the festivities went on as planned at Elwyn. In the Treatment and Learning Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders – RTF, each child created their own costume with donated arts and craft supplies. The celebration was kicked off with the children creating scary sweet treats in the teaching kitchen, which was followed by pumpkin art, face painting, and dancing to traditional Halloween favorites such as the Monster Mash and Ghostbusters.

fantastic Winter Concert. This event, which is an extension of the music and arts programs provided to the students in the Davidson School, supports students in the development and enhancement of leisure skills, self-confidence and expression of self-interests.

staff to develop the children’s social, physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities. These Halloween activities gave the children the opportunity to work on a wide range of skills, such as following directions, acting appropriately in a group, interacting with peers and improving communication skills.

Halloween is a holiday filled with fun and treats but for these young children it also presents with many learning opportunities. Holiday events are part of a set of activities designed by each program’s

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Earl Yorkey and his family. Following graduation from Haverford High School Earl Yorkey served in the army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Japan. Upon discharge, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the military for another 6 years. In 1960, he began a 24 year career working for Addison Hines and maintained a close relationship with the late real estate developer. Yorkey considers himself fortunate to have worked for Hines and remembers him fondly as a no nonsense businessman who valued and rewarded loyalty. His continued relationship with the Addison Hines Charitable Foundation has greatly aided Elwyn in realizing its mission of providing services and supports to people with special needs. Yorkey’s Elwyn career began in 1984 as part of the acquisition from Hines of what is now Elwyn’s Bridgewater vocational facility in Aston, PA. As Yorkey tells it, “I came with the building.” He began work in maintaining Elwyn’s quickly expanding community facilities. With the beginning of new federally funded programs on Elwyn’s Media Campus, Yorkey was tapped to ensure that these residences met federal and state regulations. Yorkey retired in 2004, but retirement “…proved not to be in my vocabulary” and his long standing affection for Elwyn could not keep him away. In addition to his other duties, Yorkey continues to be a major presence on Elwyn’s Media campus. He currently manages Elwyn’s Community Service Program. Providing opportunities for people in need of community service hours this program in turn enables Elwyn to maintain its grounds and buildings in a much more cost efficient manner. Proud of his 28 year history of service to Elwyn, when asked what the favorite aspect of his job is Yorkey answered, “…knowing that I am serving the people that Elwyn supports.” Elwyn is proud of Earl Yorkey and is pleased to honor him as its 2012 Ruth Sliwinski Crystal Award Recipient.

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cÜxá|wxÇàËá VÄâu V _âÇv{xÉÇ The Elwyn President’s Club Luncheon was held on October 24th, 2012 to honor individuals who have lent significant support to Elwyn. President Sandra Cornelius, Ph.D. applauded the Elwyn community of consumers, families, staff and friends who work together to maximize potential. The annual event provides an opportunity to reflect upon the significant generosity that Elwyn receives from many sources.

This year, the event was held at the New World Café Live in Wilmington, Delaware. Attendees were treated to a brief history of this interesting venue by Hal Real, the founder of World Café Live. Real described the building’s rich history as the majestic Queen Theatre and its rehabilitation and transformation into a state-ofthe-art music and entertainment venue. Joseph E. Pappano, Jr. M.D., chairman of the Elwyn Board of Directors, welcomed and thanked those in attendance. He highlighted the effective services and supports that the Elwyn community is able to provide as a result of its dedicated staff and friends. Cornelius’ remarks followed and she stated that the generosity of those assembled and their colleagues, “ ... allows Elwyn to continue to support individuals with diverse challenges in shaping distinctive meaningful lives.” Two special awards, The Ruth Sliwinski Crystal Award and the Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award were then presented to indi

viduals who have shoown extraordinary dedication in supportting the ideals of Elwyn’s mission: “M Maximizing potential

going to work knowing that Elwyn can make a difference for so many and make people’s lives easier. I also encourage others to get involved and go the extra step in the workplace.”

The Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award was established after Dick Vermeil became a friend of Elwyn in the late 1980’s. Vermeil continues to be a valued and effective inspirational Elwyn “coach”. As is usually the case, Coach Vermeil attended the luncheon and personally presented the award to this year’s recipient, Vice Chairman of the Elwyn Board, Tom Hollinger.

through personal com mmitment.” The Ruth Sliwinski Crrystal Award was established in 2003 too honor those who have followed in the footsteps of Ruth f of Elwyn and Sliwinski, a devoted friend advocate. Sliwinski made m it crystal clear that she would do anyything to enhance the lives of people with special s needs. Recipients are recognnized for displaying a tireless personal comm mitment to raising awareness and resourrces for Elwyn’s mission. This year’s recipient r was 28 year Elwyn employee, Earrl Yorkey. In response to receivingg the Sliwinski Crystal Award, Yorkeey exclaimed that the honor made him feel f proud and grateful. He further sttated that, “I enjoy

Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award Recipient: Tom Hollinger

Vermeil spoke to the award’s meaning, which is to honor individuals who have given unselfishly of their time and resources to provide hope, opportunities, choices and encouragement to the children and adults that Elwyn supports. He also referenced the close friendship that he has developed with Hollinger as they have worked closely on several projects that have significantly impacted Elwyn’s mission. Hollinger feels that the true honor should go to all Elwyn employees who display the commitment symbolized by the award. Following lunch, a newly produced Elwyn video entitled As a Family was shown. The video showcased consumers and their families and friends. Special segments included interviews with family members of those individuals who are now receiving residential supports through Elwyn’s California and New Jersey programs.

Tom Hollinger with Coach Dick Vermeil A graduate of Elizabethtown College, Tom Hollinger then earned his Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations from the American College. He is founder and CEO of Newton One Advisor and has over 33 years experience in the financial services industry. His firm specializes in retirement planning, investment management and the selection and implementation of custom insurance products. Hollinger co-authored the book Wealth Enhancement & Preservation and created the highly acclaimed Physician as a Business Seminar Series. Like Dick Vermeil, Hollinger has served as an inspirational “coach” to Elwyn. He became involved with Elwyn in 2005 when he joined the Elwyn Delaware Board of Advisors. His commitment to Elwyn’s mission led to his appointment to the Elwyn Board of Directors in June 2007. After serving 4 years as Secretary of the Board, he was recently elected as Vice Chairman of the Board. Hollinger is also the National Chairman of the Elwyn Development Leadership Council. In that role he consistently drives home the need for varied and energetic support of the people accessing Elwyn’s services. Hollinger was deeply touched by his being named as the 17th recipient of the Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award. He joins an elite group of individuals and corporations in receiving this honor that includes Wawa Inc., DuPont, Jayne and Walter Garrison, Lisa and Alex Spector and the Addison Hines Charitable Trust. Reflecting on the honor he said, “I would like to say that I am so very humbled and honored to receive this award. I would like to thank my wife, Joann, for her support during our 40 year marriage and also the residents of Elwyn along with their families. I think the real heroes who should be honored for their loyalty and commitment are the employees of Elwyn who are led by CEO, Sandy Cornelius. Again, please accept my heartfelt gratitude.” The Elwyn community is pleased to have Tom Hollinger as a member of the Elwyn team and to honor him with the Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award Recipient.

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Experience Ruth Sliwinski Crystal Award Recipient: Earl Yorkey

Earl Yorkey and his family. Following graduation from Haverford High School Earl Yorkey served in the army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Japan. Upon discharge, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the military for another 6 years. In 1960, he began a 24 year career working for Addison Hines and maintained a close relationship with the late real estate developer. Yorkey considers himself fortunate to have worked for Hines and remembers him fondly as a no nonsense businessman who valued and rewarded loyalty. His continued relationship with the Addison Hines Charitable Foundation has greatly aided Elwyn in realizing its mission of providing services and supports to people with special needs. Yorkey’s Elwyn career began in 1984 as part of the acquisition from Hines of what is now Elwyn’s Bridgewater vocational facility in Aston, PA. As Yorkey tells it, “I came with the building.” He began work in maintaining Elwyn’s quickly expanding community facilities. With the beginning of new federally funded programs on Elwyn’s Media Campus, Yorkey was tapped to ensure that these residences met federal and state regulations. Yorkey retired in 2004, but retirement “…proved not to be in my vocabulary” and his long standing affection for Elwyn could not keep him away. In addition to his other duties, Yorkey continues to be a major presence on Elwyn’s Media campus. He currently manages Elwyn’s Community Service Program. Providing opportunities for people in need of community service hours this program in turn enables Elwyn to maintain its grounds and buildings in a much more cost efficient manner. Proud of his 28 year history of service to Elwyn, when asked what the favorite aspect of his job is Yorkey answered, “…knowing that I am serving the people that Elwyn supports.” Elwyn is proud of Earl Yorkey and is pleased to honor him as its 2012 Ruth Sliwinski Crystal Award Recipient.

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cÜxá|wxÇàËá VÄâu V _âÇv{xÉÇ The Elwyn President’s Club Luncheon was held on October 24th, 2012 to honor individuals who have lent significant support to Elwyn. President Sandra Cornelius, Ph.D. applauded the Elwyn community of consumers, families, staff and friends who work together to maximize potential. The annual event provides an opportunity to reflect upon the significant generosity that Elwyn receives from many sources.

This year, the event was held at the New World Café Live in Wilmington, Delaware. Attendees were treated to a brief history of this interesting venue by Hal Real, the founder of World Café Live. Real described the building’s rich history as the majestic Queen Theatre and its rehabilitation and transformation into a state-ofthe-art music and entertainment venue. Joseph E. Pappano, Jr. M.D., chairman of the Elwyn Board of Directors, welcomed and thanked those in attendance. He highlighted the effective services and supports that the Elwyn community is able to provide as a result of its dedicated staff and friends. Cornelius’ remarks followed and she stated that the generosity of those assembled and their colleagues, “ ... allows Elwyn to continue to support individuals with diverse challenges in shaping distinctive meaningful lives.” Two special awards, The Ruth Sliwinski Crystal Award and the Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award were then presented to indi

viduals who have shoown extraordinary dedication in supportting the ideals of Elwyn’s mission: “M Maximizing potential

going to work knowing that Elwyn can make a difference for so many and make people’s lives easier. I also encourage others to get involved and go the extra step in the workplace.”

The Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award was established after Dick Vermeil became a friend of Elwyn in the late 1980’s. Vermeil continues to be a valued and effective inspirational Elwyn “coach”. As is usually the case, Coach Vermeil attended the luncheon and personally presented the award to this year’s recipient, Vice Chairman of the Elwyn Board, Tom Hollinger.

through personal com mmitment.” The Ruth Sliwinski Crrystal Award was established in 2003 too honor those who have followed in the footsteps of Ruth f of Elwyn and Sliwinski, a devoted friend advocate. Sliwinski made m it crystal clear that she would do anyything to enhance the lives of people with special s needs. Recipients are recognnized for displaying a tireless personal comm mitment to raising awareness and resourrces for Elwyn’s mission. This year’s recipient r was 28 year Elwyn employee, Earrl Yorkey. In response to receivingg the Sliwinski Crystal Award, Yorkeey exclaimed that the honor made him feel f proud and grateful. He further sttated that, “I enjoy

Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award Recipient: Tom Hollinger

Vermeil spoke to the award’s meaning, which is to honor individuals who have given unselfishly of their time and resources to provide hope, opportunities, choices and encouragement to the children and adults that Elwyn supports. He also referenced the close friendship that he has developed with Hollinger as they have worked closely on several projects that have significantly impacted Elwyn’s mission. Hollinger feels that the true honor should go to all Elwyn employees who display the commitment symbolized by the award. Following lunch, a newly produced Elwyn video entitled As a Family was shown. The video showcased consumers and their families and friends. Special segments included interviews with family members of those individuals who are now receiving residential supports through Elwyn’s California and New Jersey programs.

Tom Hollinger with Coach Dick Vermeil A graduate of Elizabethtown College, Tom Hollinger then earned his Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations from the American College. He is founder and CEO of Newton One Advisor and has over 33 years experience in the financial services industry. His firm specializes in retirement planning, investment management and the selection and implementation of custom insurance products. Hollinger co-authored the book Wealth Enhancement & Preservation and created the highly acclaimed Physician as a Business Seminar Series. Like Dick Vermeil, Hollinger has served as an inspirational “coach” to Elwyn. He became involved with Elwyn in 2005 when he joined the Elwyn Delaware Board of Advisors. His commitment to Elwyn’s mission led to his appointment to the Elwyn Board of Directors in June 2007. After serving 4 years as Secretary of the Board, he was recently elected as Vice Chairman of the Board. Hollinger is also the National Chairman of the Elwyn Development Leadership Council. In that role he consistently drives home the need for varied and energetic support of the people accessing Elwyn’s services. Hollinger was deeply touched by his being named as the 17th recipient of the Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award. He joins an elite group of individuals and corporations in receiving this honor that includes Wawa Inc., DuPont, Jayne and Walter Garrison, Lisa and Alex Spector and the Addison Hines Charitable Trust. Reflecting on the honor he said, “I would like to say that I am so very humbled and honored to receive this award. I would like to thank my wife, Joann, for her support during our 40 year marriage and also the residents of Elwyn along with their families. I think the real heroes who should be honored for their loyalty and commitment are the employees of Elwyn who are led by CEO, Sandy Cornelius. Again, please accept my heartfelt gratitude.” The Elwyn community is pleased to have Tom Hollinger as a member of the Elwyn team and to honor him with the Dick Vermeil Humanitarian Award Recipient.

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Let’s just keep it positive.

Experience Tis the season!

John Winns' first interaction with Elwyn was the employment unit at Welcome House in Upper Darby, PA. John spent many mornings faithfully hunting for a job. In addition to filling out countless applications and attending job clubs, a key step in John’s job search was enrolling in Elwyn's Ticket to Work program. John Anderson, Safety & Security Officer at Elwyn surveys the damage to the Elwyn sign caused by a downed electric wire.

After surviving the gloomy Y2K predictions and the aftermath of 9/11, Elwyn took a long look at how it would respond if a disaster should occur that interrupted operations. As a result, Elwyn has planned and continues to plan for all events, no matter how big or small including weather related risks that could affect the Elwyn community. Actions taken in an emergency are rarely effective unless they are Planned for in advance. With that in mind, Elwyn has adopted the Incident Command System (ICS) offering a standardized, on-scene, incident management approach that: -allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communication within a common organizational structure, -enables a coordinated response among various agencies, both public and private and -establishes common processes and the managing resources beyond Elwyn. The ICS model is flexible and can be used for all types of incidents; it is universally recognized by federal, state and local governments as well as many nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. As a system, ICS is extremely useful in that it provides an organizational structure for incident management and also guides the process of planning, building and adapting that structure. Using ICS

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for every incident or planned event helps hone and maintain skills needed for unpredictable large-scale incidents. With Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011 and again most recently with Hurricane Sandy, Elwyn recognized the potential for a disaster and responded by opening the Emergency Command Center (as prescribed by ICS). Preidentified (and trained) personnel assumed complete operational responsibilities for the campuses, community homes and satellite programs. Preparations were in place to quickly and efficiently resolve any and all emergentsituations that presented themselves. As the winds subsided and the rain stopped, the Command Center reviewed status reports from all programs. It was not until the Command Center Chief was confident that no significant issues remained unresolved that a declaration was made that the incident had passed and the Command Center was closed.

With his enrollment in Ticket to Work, John ensured that as he returned to work, he would be able to receive the supports he needed to be successful on the job. He also guaranteed himself a safety net that

Starting in October of each school year, Davidson School students between the ages of 3 and 21 begin preparation and practice for the Winter Concert. Students from all program areas of the Davidson School were invited and encouraged to participate in the event. This year there

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were over 150 students participating in group, class or individual performances. Students had been practicing for their performances during recess times since October. The Winter Concert took place on December 13th and 14th. The performances were held in Zier Recreation Center on both dates. Student vocal and instrumental performances focused on customs and music from Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanza holiday celebrations. During the preparations and practices for the event, students were introduced to the diversity of these celebrations. Student participation was characterized by group or individual vocal or dance and movement performances and represented students across the full spectrum of intellectual and behavioral challenges.

protects his benefits in the event that he loses his job and in the process became connected with Elwyn’s larger network of employment resources. In March of 2010, John's tenacity began to pay off. He started a Transitional Employment (TE) position with Welcome House Clubhouse; a part-time, timelimited position as a custodian at the Elwyn Post Community Center. Clubhouse Transitional Employment jobs are intended to be a stepping stone to the individual’s long term career goals. John’s excellent performance at his TE position began his track record of securing positive job references and advancing his opportunities for the future.

Excitement was also in the air as preschool children attending the Elwyn Seedlings and Apple Seeds programs donned their costumes and prepared to go “trick or treating”. Children at Seedlings proudly displayed their costumes as they paraded throughout the halls, visiting offices marked with special Halloween pumpkins to let them know they should “trick or treat” at that location. The preschoolers visited neighboring Cristo Rey High School in their costumes to the delight of the high school students.

In keeping with his goals to secure full time employment, John left Post Community Center for a job sorting x-ray film. He excelled at this position and then interviewed for a higher-paying job at the Elwyn Commercial Laundry (ECL) in Aston, PA. (cont. on pg. 7)

The Development Center’s Annual Halloween Parade was well-attended by families and friends cheering the parade

The Winter Concert featured performances by the Junior and Senior Hand Bell Choir, three student vocal ensembles, two student piano solos and two student vocal solos. Audiences for both concert dates included students, staff and families.

This year’s program featured the hard work, motivation and creativity of the Davidson School students and staff who came together to produce another of various superheroes, community helpers, Sesame Street characters, bugs and animals, just to name a few of the adorable costumes. After the children finished marching for their families and friends, they went to visit the residents of Elwyn’s Valley View community as they do each year. In addition to classroom activities, the children had a wonderful day dressing up and singing along with Miss Brenda, the Music therapist.

After Super Storm Sandy many Halloween celebrations were either cancelled or delayed, but the festivities went on as planned at Elwyn. In the Treatment and Learning Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders – RTF, each child created their own costume with donated arts and craft supplies. The celebration was kicked off with the children creating scary sweet treats in the teaching kitchen, which was followed by pumpkin art, face painting, and dancing to traditional Halloween favorites such as the Monster Mash and Ghostbusters.

fantastic Winter Concert. This event, which is an extension of the music and arts programs provided to the students in the Davidson School, supports students in the development and enhancement of leisure skills, self-confidence and expression of self-interests.

staff to develop the children’s social, physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities. These Halloween activities gave the children the opportunity to work on a wide range of skills, such as following directions, acting appropriately in a group, interacting with peers and improving communication skills.

Halloween is a holiday filled with fun and treats but for these young children it also presents with many learning opportunities. Holiday events are part of a set of activities designed by each program’s

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A Time of Renewal JANUARY 2013 Dear Friends of Elwyn, Elwyn continues the energetic pursuit of excellence in governance and in service provision. Throughout this issue of Elwyn Experience you will read stories of the breadth and depth of the service quality at Elwyn. I hope you delight in reading the accomplishments of consumers, families and staff in, as we say in our mission, Maximizing Potential.

Daniel M. Reardon joined the Elwyn management team in October 1993. As Elwyn’s new Sr. V.P. and COO, Mr. Reardon is responsible for corporat oversight and strategic direction of all service line and support department operations for Elwyn and its subsidiaries. Reardon has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova University and an M.B.A. degree from St. Joseph’s University. This issue of the Elwyn Experience marks a change in its editorial board. The Elwyn Experience will continue to highlight happenings in the Elwyn community and present a broad based look at all aspects of Elwyn. We thank you for your support….Eds.

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believe the strongest relationship with families rests there and that is now the focus for those discussions. The major events and agency wide appeals will be shared by the Board Development Leadership Council under the direction of Board member, Tom Hollinger and me. We will call upon Board and staff to continue raising funds to supplement programs.

I am excited about these changes and look forward to expanding In pursuit of excellence in govmy communication with many of ernance, the Board and I have adjusted how responsibilities for you. Should you have questions Nancy M. Catania joined the financial management and devel- or wish more information, please Elwyn management team in feel free to call opment are being distributed. November 2000. As Elwyn’s 610-891-2002 or e-mail me at Effective in November, Daniel new V.P. and CFO, Nancy is sandy_cornelius@elwyn.org. M. Reardon was promoted to responsible for the financial Senior V.P., Chief Operating oversight of all service lines Sincerely, Officer and Nancy M. Catania and support department operawas appointed as Elwyn’s Vice tions for Elwyn and its subsidiPresident, Chief Financial Offiaries She holds a B.S. degree in cer. I refer you to the brief proFinance from Temple Univerfiles on this page. We believe sity, and an M.B.A. degree these changes will allow Elwyn Sandra S. Cornelius, Ph.D. from Widener University. to continue its financial strength President as well as anticipate changes in our programs and flex services Elwyn Experience: A Quarterly Publication of Elwyn wherever needed. Elwyn has also elected to change how the Development function is organized. Going forward the events and solicitations that are service focused will be administered by the service areas. We

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In the late 19th Century the great Japanese philosopher and theologian, Kanzo Uchimura, worked at Elwyn’s Media campus. Uchimura used his time at Elwyn to inform his writings and on returning to Japan he developed a Japanese Christian based faith that he termed “Church Without Walls”. Uchimura wished to replicate services he saw at Elwyn in Japan and maintained a close relationship with Elwyn’s third and fourth presidents, Isaac Kerlin and Martin Barr. Uchimura never accomplished this specific goal and it was left to Fudeko Ishii and her husband Ryoichi to start the first school in Japan for children with special needs, Takinogawa Gakuen.

The documentary aired on Japanese TV this past August, was very well received and has been shown multiple times through various Japanese TV outlets. Subsequent to the airing of the documentary, Elwyn received a request from Professor Yuji Tsumagari of the Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University to lead a delegation to Elwyn in celebration of Takinogawa Gakuen’s 120th Anniversary. The goals of the visit were to have an interchange of ideas between Japanese and Elwyn professionals who support people with special needs, to visit existing Elwyn services and to complete research in Elwyn’s archives. Professor Tsumagari specializes in the history of disability services in Japan and had visited Elwyn twice before to gather data for his writings and research. A 12 person delegation arrived at Elwyn on September 25th, 2012 that included university professors , clinicians and administrators. In addition to Professor Tsumagari, the group was led by Takinogawa Gakuen’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Koji Yamada.

Two recent events have brought Elwyn’s Japanese connection to the forefront once again. In 2012 NHK, a Japanese television network produced a special documentary on the life of Uchimura that includes material relating to his time at Elwyn. A film crew visited the Elwyn and spent the day interviewing staff and filming in and around the Media campus.

(Positive cont. from pg. 6) John has been at ECL since January 2011, and Welcome House has had the pleasure of calling him one of their “Supported Employees,” allowing the Clubhouse to assist John with navigating HR and col-

A three day symposium was held that included welcoming remarks from Elwyn’s president Sandra Cornelius, talks on the history of the two organizations, presentation of a special two volume edition of the history of Takinogawa Gakuen to Elwyn’s archives and visits to Elwyn community and campus based programs.

Golden Jubilee Club Celebration The annual Elwyn Golden Jubilee Club celebration was held on Saturday, November 10th in the atrium

Joe Coltune celebrates with his sister Joan

of Bruce Wechsler Hall. This year 25 individuals who have been supported by Elwyn for over 50 years were honored. Newest members Joe Coltune and Lillian Snyder reached their 50th year in 2012. The atrium was decorated with gold and black balloons and bright yellow flowers. Rose Marie Greco, Executive Director for Supports for Living Services, welcomed the group and introduced Reverend Larry Smoose who provided an invocation. Music was provided by two young musicians, keyboardist/alto saxophonist Hanna (11) and violinist/flautist Joshua (13) Schaaf. The luncheon was followed by a film depicting each of the Golden Jubilee members who were then recognized by Johanna Schaaf, Deputy Director for Supports for Living Services. Special thanks are due to Robin Stover for hosting the event, Patty Burke-Karr who served as photographer and Shanda Lucas, Barbara Swantek, Hazel Yelverton, Janet Huecker, Steve Castellano, Freddie Spencer, Justine Hickey, and Estella Womack who volunteered to serve the delicious meal and make the event enjoyable for all.

laborating with Ticket to Work to put together his NISH eligibility paperwork.

keep it positive." Now that John has a full time job and is earning a full time salary he has had the opportunity to proWhen asked to talk about how far he has vide for his family. Currently one of fifcome, John hesitates, and in keeping with teen ECL staff, as ECL continues to his focus on the future says, "Let’s just grow; John plans to grow with it.

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Bags, Baskets and Bling Bingo St. John’s United Church of Christ Emmaus, PA Contact: Robin Urenko 610-573-2500 Robin_urenko@elwyn.org

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May 3, 2013 Friends of Elwyn Ball and Bounce Hyatt at the Bellevue Philadelphia, PA Contact: Barb Williams 610-891-2002 bwilliams@elwyn.org

No matter what the season, a strong sense of community permeates Elwyn. It is during the many Elwyn holiday events though that this sense of sharing is perhaps most obvious. This past holiday season was no different and special events abounded. Each community home had its own holiday celebration and was decorated in ways that encouraged participation and an understanding of the season and its symbols.

Elwyn’s Adult Services got an early jump on the holidays by hosting a Thanksgiving Harvest on November 17th. This event brought together family, volunteers and other Elwyn commu-

lobby of the Administration Building (see pic. at left) was initially covered with gift tags but these quickly vanished as Santa’s elves pitched in and made sure that no request went unfilled.

The “official” start of the holiday season at Elwyn is the tree lighting which is held each year in the Administration Building circle. This year’s ceremony featured children from the Development Center along Holiday spirit was, of with the rest of the Elwyn course, very evident in Elcommunity. Dan Reardon, wyn’s preschool and schoolElwyn’s COO, presided aged educational programs. over the festivities and arThe Annual Holiday School ranged for a special visit Concert (featured in this from Santa and his elves. issue) enabled students, their Everyone enjoyed the holinity members for a delicious families and staff to come today spirit and the smiling faces gether and celebrate the season meal in the context of a festive of both the children and adults gathering. The Annual Adult in a joyful atmosphere. Classas Santa handed out treats. Residential Holiday Concert rooms used holiday themes in Throughout California, Delawas a big event featuring lessons and art projects. One ware, New Jersey and Pennsyl“Holiday Karaoke” and an ap- vania, the Elwyn community student’s artistic vision of the pearance by Santa himself. season appears on the back came together, as it always cover of this issue of the Elwyn does, in celebration of the past Santa needs lots of helpers at year’s accomplishments and Experience. As usual, Santa Elwyn and for the 18th con- with hope for a happy and Claus was kept very busy and personally visited many Elwyn secutive year, the Elwyn Elves healthy New Year. made sure that he had all the locations again this year. help he needed. The tree in the

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