Bill Teitsworth: PAR Direct Support Professional of the Year Award
November 13, 2014, Harrisburg – Scranton artist Bill Teitsworth was recognized by PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability) as recipient of its Direct Support Professional of the Year Award for his 40+ years of outstanding dedication to the support of individuals with intellectual disability and/or autism. Mr. Teitsworth was honored as part of PAR’s 2014 Solutions Conference in Harrisburg this week, an event which drew over 450 participants.
“This award honors a direct care staff person employed by a PAR member organization who has shown extraordinary determination and success in empowering individuals with intellectual disability or autism to lead fulfilling and enriching lives,” explained Kathy Brown-McHale, CEO of SPIN, Inc. and Vice Chair of PAR’s Board of Directors.
This honor was bestowed upon Mr. Teitsworth for bringing his love for the arts to the individuals he serves. Early in his career, Teitsworth realized the need for a creative outlet for the people with disabilities he supported, and recognized their unlimited potential for developing artistic talent. He decided to share his love of the arts with the people he served by creating, teaching, and maintaining classes in the fine arts for individuals who may have never had the opportunity to express themselves creatively.
Not only did he create and teach art classes, but he helped his students achieve full integration into the local art community through shows at local Scranton art galleries. He now is the lead coordinator for Keystone Community Resources’ Artworks Gallery and Studio, a program that would not exist without him. Through this program, Keystone’s artists have received recognition at the local, state and national levels. One of Teitsworth’s students, Ethan Gerber, was the recipient of PAR’s Everyday Images Award in 2013. Many of his other students continue to find their voices through the creation and sharing of their artwork.
Mr. Teitsworth and his fellow 2014 awards recipients exemplify the theme of this year’s conference, “From caring comes courage.”
Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to strengthening the capacity of its membership to provide person-centered services to Pennsylvanians with intellectual disability and/or autism. PAR member organizations support over 50,000 individuals with intellectual disability as well as over 8,000 people with autism in over 8,400 locations in the Commonwealth. For more information, visit www.par.net.
Celebrating Lucille Pietrocarlo, Program Manager of Bryn Mawr
On November 19, 2014, Bryn Mawr Residence was the setting for our most recent Big Heart Award celebration. Residential Coordinator, Trish Filipski, nominated Program Manager, Lucille Pietrcarlo. Lucille has worked at various group homes throughout her years at Keystone.
Currently, Lucille is the Program Manager of Bryn Mawr. It must be noted that Lucille has made such an impact on her co-workers; they all agreed that Lucille deserved to be awarded the Big Heart Award. Trish spoke of Lucille’s hard work and dedication.
A consumer who resided at Bryn Mawr was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. During that time, Lucille provided support, guidance, and compassion to everyone in the home. Lucille would visit this consumer each and every day while he was in the hospital, bringing him small gifts to make his day a little brighter. During this time, Lucille continued to ensure that the needs of the rest of the men at Bryn Mawr were met. Lucille would prepared special dinners and planned community activities that the men looked forward to. Congratulations Lucille and Thank You for all you do.
Community Big Heart Award
Looking for a place to take your people out for a great meal? There's no better place in town than Linda Kay's Ole Green Ridge Restaurant! They serve wonderful food at a great price and provide exceptional service, especially to the people we serve.
On October 14, 2014, Linda Kay was awarded Keystone's first Community Big Heart Award to recognize and honor her consistent care and exceptional quality service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Many Keystone employees and program participants are frequent customers at Linda Kay's During the award ceremony held at the Restaurant, Myrna Watkins, Supported Living Coach for Keystone offered her testimony about how Linda Kay's treat their customers; stating, "Everyone at Linda Kay's are very kind to us. Their service is excellent and their food is like home cooking."
Linda Kay and her staff conveyed their gratitude for this special award and expressed their appreciation for the business that individuals in community residences and supported living and their staff bring to their establishment. Linda's restaurant is operated by many of her family and she treats her patrons like family as well.
The Community Big Heart Award is presented by Keystone Community Resources to recognize local individuals and businesses who have demonstrated excellence in treating people with dignity and respect. Linda Kay was nominated by Keystone staff and she was selected by the Participant Safety Sub-Committee for the prevention of abuse and neglect.
Linda Kay's Ole Green Ridge Restaurant is located at 1809 Sanderson Ave. Scranton Pa. Phone 570-343-1378. Open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m to 2 p.m and Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Big Heart Award is presented to Keystone Staff and individuals or businesses in the community by nominations from Keystone staff and the people we serve.
Keystone Konfections Bakery Assistant, Nicole Tugend,left, and Bakery Manager, Linda Brown, whip up creative cakes and treats in the kitchen.
Keystone Konfections aims to satisfy Tunkhannock’s sweet tooth.
Located inside Keystone Community Resources on Bridge Street, the bakery will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Linda Brown, bakery manager at Keystone Konfections, shares the idea behind the bakery.
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