Success Stories

Kim

Kim receives services through Via’s Community Connections program, and she is a valued employee in the Community Employment department.  She works as the logistics coordinator and does a variety of integral tasks that help the department, and the whole agency, to run smoothly.

Kim uses her time in Community Connections to work on physical well-being.  She accesses a local gym at least twice a week to ensure a healthy lifestyle.  She gives back to her community by volunteering at a variety of community outlets, like a food shelter, a thrift store and a library.  Personal growth is one of her top priorities, and Via’s staff is helping her explore skills that will help her to socialize with community members, increase her ability to focus, and practice conflict resolution in order to develop and maintain personal relationships.

Amanda

Amanda is confident, social, intelligent, and a great judge of character.  As a young adult, Amanda struggled with moving outside of her comfort zone and exploring her independence.  She enrolled in Via’s teen program and now receives support through Via’s Autism Services.

Via helped Amanda get a job with Home Depot.  She lives on her own and is learning how to budget for rent, transportation, food and activities – and even for splurges like art supplies and video games.

She works every day with her Via team to strengthen her daily living, homemaking and interpersonal skills so it is possible for her to live independently and achieve a high level of success.

 

For more information, contact:
Julianna Dueh, Autism Services Coordinator
J.Dueh@ViaNet.org | 610-317-8000 x483

 

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COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE:

To comply with Governor Wolf’s mandate that non-essential businesses be closed and with guidance from the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), that funds many of our programs, Small Group Employment, many Community Employment Services, Creative Expressions Adult Training Facility and Prevocational Workshop are closed for participants until the mandate is lifted. 

However, ODP has determined that home and community-based services are considered life-sustaining and are exempt from the Governor’s directive asking for the closure of all non-essential businesses.  Therefore, Via will provide limited Community Participation supports, In-Home services and Behavioral Support services.  As we learn more from ODP, coordinators will reach out to participants about services that are available.  We are reaching out to Via staff now to determine who can provide these services. 

Coordinators are working remotely and are available by email or phone to answer your questions.  Please contact your coordinator by email or phone if you need anything or email Via@ViaNet.org.