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Person Centered Services had much to celebrate Friday. It held its Second Annual Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon and the group has been in its new building in New Philadelphia for about a year. PCS is a provider of day habilitation programming, transportation and homemaker/personal care (HPC) for individuals with developmental disabilities.
“We invited anyone from the community who has touched the lives of the individuals that we serve throughout the year,” said PCS Director Karly Howell. “Whether it be volunteering in our center, or allowing our individuals to volunteer at their place of business, or some businesses that donated food for us today.”
Nate Kamban, superintendent of the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, opened up the event with a prayer. Music then started as Sarah Fouts played a harp.
The dinner was complete with turkey, applesauce, potatoes, gravy, beans, bread and a selection of pies. The luncheon had great community backing as many businesses and organizations provided food or monetary support.
Many who attended Friday’s luncheon were pleased with the turnout, noting the number of people taking part in the meal seemed to have doubled from last year.
“This was for anyone who has done something positive to help people grow,” said Sharon Swaldo of PCS. “It’s a way to say thanks to all the volunteers and families.”
Want to know more about PCS? Members of the staff took time earlier this week to answer questions.
What is Person Centered Services? We are a provider of day habilitation programming, transportation and homemaker/personal care (HPC) for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Where are you located? 638 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia.
How long has Person Centered Services been in Tuscarawas County? On Oct. 1, 2016, PCS opened the center in New Philadelphia, but PCS has been in business for 10 years serving individuals in several other counties throughout Ohio.
What is the process someone would go about if they wanted to volunteer (who would they contact)? We welcome members of the community to visit and/or volunteer their services at our Tuscarawas County PCS center by calling us at 330-339-3578. We currently have a volunteer who comes into our center and conducts a sign language class once a week and an art teacher who comes in at a minimal cost to interested individuals who enjoy painting and learning proper techniques.
Although we welcome volunteers into our center, we would like to offer OUR volunteer services TO our community. By going out into the community our individuals gain knowledge, experience and feel they are doing something meaningful for their community. Volunteering for businesses and organizations gives them the work skills, confidence and self-esteem needed to someday become gainfully employed.
The individuals we serve here have grown into “helping hands” through their volunteer work at the Central Kitchen in Dennison, the Charmed store in New Philadelphia and, when needed, for special events at New Town Mall. We are always open for more volunteer projects that this community can provide us.
You’ve been open for about a year now at your building. How has that worked out? When PCS came to our New Philadelphia location, we opened our doors with over half the staff transferring from the Tuscarawas County Board of DD. Together with the new hires, our staff have many years of experience and training. Over the past year we have been working at making PCS an excellent, known provider in the Tuscarawas Valley. One way we have put our name out is by participating in the New Philadelphia Annual Christmas Parade.
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in the Times Reporter. The original story can be found at: http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20171118/person-centered-services-serves-up-helping-of-appreciation
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