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Penn Foundation Hosts 9th Annual Legislative Luncheon

LegislatorsOn March 14th, Penn Foundation hosted its 9th annual Legislative Luncheon. This event provides an opportunity for local legislators to visit Penn Foundation’s campus and learn more about the agency’s programs and services. 

Wayne Mugrauer, Penn Foundation President and CEO, provided an overview of the many exciting things that took place at Penn Foundation in 2013, describing the past year as “transformational.” Rev. Greg Kammann, Pastor of Trinity UCC Church and an intern with Penn Foundation’s Clinical Pastoral
Education (CPE) program, provided a thoughtful, poignant blessing.                               

Donna Duffy-Bell, Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services; Don Detweiler, Village of Hope Director; and Jane Straw, Peer Support Director and Blended Case Management Supervisor, provided an in-depth look at Penn Foundation’s Rehabilitation Services, which include housing programs, psychiatric rehabilitation, and community and health navigation services.

Alfred “AJ” D., an adult participant in two of Penn Foundation’s rehabilitation programs – Recovery Coaching and Wellspring Clubhouse – shared details about his struggle with bipolar disorder and drug use, which led to two hospitalizations, four car accidents, and legal issues. He described how participating in Recovery Coaching and Wellspring Clubhouse was a turning point for him. “I experienced a sense of belonging in a community that appreciated and supported me. I got to work with my peers and in tandem with staff to reintroduce myself to the community. It’s been a long road, but I now have high hopes for the future. To go from where I was in 2005 to where I am now in 2014, it’s unbelievable. Penn Foundation’s services are unparalleled.”

Erik and Kelly  Erik W. shared his perspective as a parent who, along with his wife, Kelly,
  accessed Early Intervention Services for their one-and-a-half year old
  daughter, Devon, who was born with Down Syndrome. “When Devon was
  diagnosed, we found ourselves turning down a path we never expected to
  travel on. But with the support and guidance of Penn Foundation, we were
  able to get the services needed to assist our daughter. Our needs were
  met in a way that was respectful of our beliefs and values and that
  encouraged our daughter’s hopes and aspirations. Penn Foundation is a promise to children and families that their strengths will be recognized and that everyone in our community is valued.”

In a time when mental health is being discussed on a national level, Penn Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to dialogue with area legislators about its programs and the issues facing community behavioral healthcare providers. Special thanks to those legislators who attended the luncheon - Representative Paul Clymer, Representative Robert Godshall, Representative Kate Harper, Representative Marcy Toepel, and Bucks County Commissioners Charles Martin, Robert Loughery, and Diane Ellis-Marseglia.

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