Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Winner…2011
Dale purchased a book two years ago to learn how to raise chickens for eggs with all intension of starting up his own egg farm from scratch. Two years later, the chicks are now egg bearing hens, and his business in selling farm fresh eggs throughout the community is booming!
Dale has a lot on his plate in addition to the egg sales; he’s a full-time employee for Walmart as Sales Associate & “Opening Specialist,” and travels throughout the country assisting with Walmart grand openings.
FCS Annual Camp Canadensis Trip
June 13 – 19, 2011
Everyone enjoyed their time from sun up till sun-down. Rock climbing was a popular activity along with shooting some hoops, taking a leisurely cruise on the lake, or simply floating in the pool. Every night you find clients and staff by the fire enjoying fresh smores, and singing catchy camp tunes.
June 7, 2011
On June 7th, the FCS Clients and Staff got together for a day of friendly competition for the Annual FCS Softball Game & BBQ.
Gathering for the afternoon at Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg, teams were gathered and the games began! Everyone was the MVP… After some hard softball play, everyone enjoyed a grilled luncheon with burgers, and hot dogs.
David Wins Prestigious Award
David Dean, a Lifesharing consumer with FCS for three years, celebrated with accomplishment and pride graduating from Whitehall High School June 9th.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Stabler Arena, Lehigh University where David was presented with the Ben Yorgey Memorial Award, that included a $500 check. The award is presented to individual’s that go the extra mile during their high school career.
David celebrated his accomplishment with his Lifesharing Providers, Debbie and Victoria Duld, as well as friends and family members. The graduates plans for the near future is to attend Project Search, a six week paid program.
Congrat’s David, and best of luck in all you do!
“How Sweet it is…”
Consumers enjoyed a new hobby; creative candy making for the sweetest holiday of the year!
A Family that Shares
On October 20, 2010, Honored long time Lifesharing Provider with Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc., Judi Pettit and her family were honored for exemplifying the mission of the Lifesharing Program during the past year by the State of Pennsylvania and the Northeast Pennsylvania Region. Judi Pettit and her family, provider of Lifesharing through Fitzmaurice Community Services for over ten years, were honored with exceeding the Statewide Lifesharing Mission & Vision for their care of two Lifesharing Clients. A State Sub-Committee chose the Pettit’s out of ten families nominated in the Northeast Region of Pennsylvania at the Annual Pennsylvania Sate Wide Lifesharing Luncheon on October 20th in Landisburg. The Pettit’s were honored for their ongoing advocacy and accommodation of medically intense special needs Consumers. Carrol Reckard from Ken Krest presented the family with this recognition where they were presented with a plaque and a visa gift card. Judi Pettit commented on her commitment to Fitzmaurice Community Services and on behalf of her consumers; “Being a lifesharing provider has been very rewarding to every member of my family. It has made us all more understanding and tolerant of others and has made us feel that we are contributing some of our excess with those who may not have much of anything, including family. I can’t imagine what our lives would be like without sharing our home with people we now consider our family members. I think we have been blessed to be involved in this program and I appreciate the help and support we receive from Fitzmaurice to make this happen.” Lifesharing is a residential alternative in which individuals with a Developmental or Behavioral Health Disability live and become part of a family. This “family time” provides an atmosphere where permanent relationships are built, individuals are able to learn life skills to grow and experience life to its fullest.
Batter Up for some Baseball & BBQ!
June 10, 2010
Consumers and staffers of FCS enjoyed the day out at Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg for BBQ, Baseball, and a whole lotta’ fun! The Annual FCS Baseball BBQ gathers consumers and their support staff for a friendly (competitive) game of baseball where FCS consumers & staff members showed off their skills on the diamond. There were a couple of home runs and a few strike outs as some ACE pitchers and batters took the mound.Following the game, everyone enjoyed a great BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, and various salads and sides that each program brought along. Everyone’s always ready for a good time reuniting and catching up with friends. The annual gathering is a great Kick Off to Summer that assembled up to 100 of the FCS crew!
…photos of the Game and BBQ, Click Here!
Annual Camp Canadensis Trip
If you’ve already met Eugene Pelletreau, you’ve gotten a glimpse of his energy, commitment and can-do attitude. His wonderfully full schedule is truly inspiring! Pictured Left to Right: Clair Wolf, Annette Keenhold FCS Supported Living Specialist, and Euguene Pelletreau
Eugene, a long-time consumer with FCS’s Supported Living Services, has a part-time job working for the Developmental Education Services. In addition, he focuses his free time on projects, committees, clubs and groups that are near and dear to his heart.
Eugene currently serves as a director for the Best Buddies Program at East Stroudsburg University, and has been active with the organization for the past six years. Best Buddies is an international organization that enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing unique opportunities for one-to-one friendships.
Each year, college students volunteer to be matched with individuals with intellectual disabilities, forming ‘best buddy’ relationships that are mutually enriching. In March, 2009, Eugene was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for being an Outstanding Buddy Director. The award honored his success at matching fellow consumers with ESU students.
Dale Kerzmann, a consumer with FCS for a little over seventeen years in the FCS Supported Living Program, is active, fun-loving, hard-working and involved in our community. Dale came to FCS shortly after his graduation from High School. For the past seven years, Dale has worked full time for WalMart. He’s received two Employee of the Month Awards, and is part of the WalMart pre-opening team. Dale has traveled with WalMart to set up new stores in New York and Western PA.
Dale belongs to many organizations, including Speak Out and Kiwanis. He’s also quite involved with his church.
The Advocacy Alliance has asked Dale to assist with interviewing consumers within the MH/MR system. This important activity helps to ensure that consumers are well cared for and happy. Dale is an enthusiastic member of FCS’s OPTIONS Program, where he takes advantage of the many enjoyable activities offered each week. Dale enjoys many hobbies, including fishing, reading and bowling with friends.
Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc. was honored at an Appreciation Luncheon on October 15, 2009, hosted by the Carbon/New Hope Drop-In Center in Lehighton. The event was organized to recognize FCS for its commitment and dedication to the Behavioral Health community in Carbon County.
The luncheon was planned by Darlene Scherer, a key holder and host to the center, Carla Hubert, and by Jeanine Pitt, who serves as a Peer Specialist and secretary to the center. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Elizabeth Koster, President & CEO of FCS, Debra Scocozza, FCS’s Executive Vice President, Elizabeth Booterbaugh, FCS’s Vice President of Behavioral Health, and Adrienne Hoeker, FCS Program Director.
In December, FCS Consumers, family, and caregivers gathered at the West End Fire Hall in Brodheadsville to celebrate the holidays.
Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers of the West End Fire Department who graciously prepared a home-made turkey dinner! Following the delicious meal, participants enjoyed a program of seasonal music and fun.
FCS hosted it’s 7th Annual Lifesharing Dinner Dance on October 16th at the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake in Reeders.
The evening honored families for their service and dedication. The FCS Lifesharing Program provides an opportunity for adults with Developmental and Behavioral Health Disabilities to live, work, and grow in a family environment. It is a residential alternative which allows people with disabilities to move into a family living arrangement.
The evening’s theme “Mi Casa es Su Casa,” was emphasized when each family received a wooden carved Willow Tree Angel to symbolize the way in which they share their homes and lives with adults with Developmental disabilities.