September Independence Insider

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Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy Service Coordination

September 2019



Samantha Graham Team OLTL

Sarah Henry Team UPMC

Michelle Murry Team OLTL

Tara Herwig Team OLTL

Good evening and welcome to Dracula’s Chalet. Aristocrat and recently retired bloodsucker, Count Dracula is your new host, owner and lounge singer. Faithful friends are there to lend a hand. Unfortunately business hasn’t exactly been booming. But when a bus breaks down near the hotel with both Van Helsing’s great grand-nephew and Muffy the Vampire Slayer onboard, it creates a situation of monstrously funny proportions. Will Dracula’s night club career die when exposed to the light of day or will he just keep on vamping. DATE: Saturday, October 19th Location: 119 Jari Drive Johnstown, PA 15904 Doors open: 5:30pm Tickets: $30 (before Oct 1st) $35 (after Oct 1) include dinner & 2 adult beverage tickets (21 and older with ID) To purchase tickets, go to or call Jocelyn Hartman at 814-915-4055. All proceeds will support AUCP’s Community Fund that was created to benefit community members who are experiencing financial need.

staff highlight

Magdala Clissaint Team OLTL

Olivia Penrod Team OLTL

Tom Lawson IDD Programs Manager


It's hard to believe it's the end of summer already. With that comes the time where we will see kids heading back to school. Here are some helpful tips to remember when sharing the road with school buses: • Slow down near bus stops and watch out for the kids. • Red flashing lights and an extended stop are means the school bus has stopped to load or unload children. • On a two-lane road or divided roadway with no median, all drivers in both directions must stop. • Obey the traffic laws, signals, and speed limits.

Each month, one of our favorite things to do is highlight a staff member. We take pride in the awesome work that they do and want to take a moment to show them off. This month, we’d like to recognize Emily Chawtek. Currently, Emily works under the UPMC Community HealthChoices as a Service Coordinator in Blair County. Previously, Emily was our Referral Specialist walking individuals through the enrollment process and connecting them to available community resources. Born in Pittsburgh, Emily now lives in Altoona with her husband, their 3 year-old daughter named Lucy (whom she’s pictured with above), and Bonzo the boxer. Emily graduated from Shippensburg University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. When she’s not busy working, Emily enjoys crocheting, reading, swimming, and playing hide and seek. Her biggest goal in life is to travel as much as possible. Emily has worked at AUCP for the past 7 years and says that her favorite part of being a coordinator is getting to know her participants and the resources Blair County has to offer. The most challenging part of her position is the paperwork! If she weren’t a coordinator she’d like to be a teacher. Ask anyone and they would agree that Emily is phenomenal at any job that she does. She is known as having a super kind personality and her peers look to her for her honesty and helpfulness. Emily, thanks for all that you do. We enjoy having you as part of our team! Our Human Resources department is looking for qualified individuals to fill Service Coordinator positions in the following counties: Crawford, Warren, Center, and York. Visit our website for more information:

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HAPPENINGS S O M E R S E T C O U N T Y, PA Please note: Some of the events listed below are not free; we recommend reaching out to the locations to see if there is a cost to attend.

6 - Mountain Craft Days | Somerset Historial Center 7 - Small Town Get Down | Somerset County Fair Association | 7-10pm 7 - Daniel Tiger’s Fall Fest | Idlewild & SoakZone 7 - Ford Drive 4 UR Community | Laurel Ford Lincoln | 5am-2pm 10 - Coco’s Chocolate Champagne Extravaganza | Humane Society of Somerset County | 7-10pm 13-14 - Georgian Place Scarecrow Festival | The Specialty Shoppes at Georgian Place | 5pm 13-15 - Ag Progress Days | Penn State University 14 - The Wine Run | Glades Pike Winery | 10:30am 14-15 - 61st Annual Ligonier Highland Games | Idlewild & SoakZone 17-29 - 5/31/1889: The Flood Play | Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown | Various Times 20 - 2nd Annual Beer, Bacon, and Business | Uptown Works | 4-6pm 21 - Derry Railroad Days | Downtown Derry Borough 28 - 2019 Mt. Davis Gravel Grinder | Confluence Volunteer Fire Company | 5:30am-1pm Be on the lookout next month for events in Cambria County.

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what to watch

The Reality of Getting Hired While Disabled People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. Huffpost shares a video that showcases how individuals with disabilities can work just like everybody else.

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a healthier you

How Many Fruits and Veggies Do You Really Need? Many Americans still don't get enough fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. If money and time are concerns, your favorite drive-through donut and coffee place in the morning and the closest fast-food chain for dinner might seem to better fit your schedule and budget, even if you know these foods aren't nutritious. You may feel it's just too hard to get the suggested five or more servings of fruits and veggies every day, and maybe you've even given up trying. In either case, results of a large global study should encourage you to reboot your efforts to eat healthier. The study examined eating patterns of people across 18 countries and how fruits, vegetables and legumes (beans, dried peas and lentils) affected mortality and heart health. Results confirmed that eating these healthy foods lowers the risk for heart disease, heart attacks and early death. They also showed you can get such benefits with just three or four daily servings. Now, this isn't to say that you should cut back if you're getting more, but people who are getting little to none can aim to meet this more modest goal. The studies offered other surprising findings. One is that eating more fruits, seeds and beans can be as good for you as eating more vegetables -- that's good news for those who just can't wrap their taste buds around broccoli and kale. And when you do have veggies, it's better to eat most of them raw to get the most nutrients from them. The exceptions are foods rich in lycopene (like tomatoes) and beta carotene (like sweet potatoes and carrots), for which cooking seems to enhance the "bioavailability" of these nutrients, or the amount of which can be absorbed by the body and used. Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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community programs Our Re-Use It program redistributes The UCP Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a and accepts donations of medical national program that provides funds to equipment and assistive technology. individuals with disabilities for the purchase of assistive technology equipment.

AUCP’s Scholarship Fund granted to two high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in the human services field each Spring.

For more information on the above programs, please contact our offices today at (844) 819-4455.


TOLL FREE: 844.819.4 455 local: 814.619.3398 FAX: 814.262.7174

Office Locations: Johnstown, Hanover, Altoona, Pittsburgh, & St. Mary’s

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