Human Services Center adopted the Sanctuary Model as part of our clinical services philosophy in 2008. The overall focus of the Sanctuary Model is to address the needs of our clients and staff in a caring, respectful manner, to develop and maintain a welcoming and positive environment, to offer recovery-oriented services that empower individuals to determine their goals and outcomes, and to encourage staff by promoting the Seven Sanctuary Commitments an fostering an atmosphere of personal and professional growth. To celebrate, staff enjoyed a “traveling lunch” at HSC properties on Grant Street. In addition to having the opportunity to review the Seven Commitments, they were able to eat good food and connect with co-workers.
On May 8, 2019 Lawrence County Peer Leadership celebrated its annual Peer Leadership Recognition Banquet. This event marked 23 years of the Lawrence County Peer Leadership Program and over fifteen hundred students that have been trained since 1995. The event was held at The Villa Banquet Center. Daniel Barnes, Director of Lawrence County Peer Leadership served as the moderator for this celebration. Sixty-six sophomore students from Lawrence County schools were recognized for their service to our schools and community. Each of these students participated in three days of training this school year. The training was designed to educate the students in the qualities of leadership, empathy for others, communication skills, and multi-cultural awareness. Students were then challenged to “make a difference” in their homes, schools, and communities, as individuals, and as a group. Students also learned to identify the problems and pursue the solutions to the issues that challenge teenagers today. At the banquet, selected students from each of our schools were asked to speak on “what it means to be a Peer Leader”. It was the highlight of the evening.
The Human Services Center, where Daniel Barnes works as Coordinator of its Student Assistance Program, has provided the administration and coordinated this program since 1995. A dedicated staff from the Drug and Alcohol Commission and Cray Youth and Family Services work with this program as well. Back in their schools, these peer leaders join with others already trained and are part of a Peer Leadership Club. Each club has committed advisors who provide them guidance and help coordinate activities that benefit our community. Below is a list of the 2018/2019 Peer Leaders who did presentations and Peer Leaders and Advisors that were recognized at this banquet.
Human Services Center participate in the 5th Annual Children’s Mental Health Day from 3:00-6:00 pm on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Cascade Park Pavilion. The event featured community resources with its vendor fair, face painting, photo booth, Dj, pony rides, food, and much more…The community had to the opportunity to learn about the great resources right here in our community and help End Stigma associated with mental health…It takes a community…#HSCcanhelp
Human Services Center was a proud sponsor of the Leadership Lawrence County’s Beautification Event on Friday, May 3, at the Crane Room Loft from 6:00-9:00. The event was part of a final project that the Leadership Class of 2018-2019 completed to raise funds for New Visions to continue efforts to improve Lawrence County’s appearance. Laura Glenn, HR Generalist/Public Relations, is a member of the class and is happy to represent the Human Services Center. It takes a community…#HSCcanhelp
Human Services Center was a proud sponsor and vendor in the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27 from 11-3. The event was free and open to the community with a variety of family fun activities. HSC staff provided instrumental information regarding services and resources available as well as had some fun making stress balloons with the kids to help identify healthy ways to manage emotions…It takes a community…#HSCcanhelp
Human Services Center was happy to participate in Westminster’s Student Group, Allies, First Sexual Health Education Day on Thursday, April 18, from 10-2 in the Berlin Lounge at Westminster College. HSC staff were able to provide valuable information regarding services and resources that were available to students and faculty…It takes a community…#HSCcanhelp
Human Services participated in Beacon Health Options Adult Recovery forum: Realizing Recovery-Diversity: Changing the Culture of Mental Health on Friday, April 26 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township Pa. The forum featured exhibits, provider vendor fair, and panel discussion on Suicide Awareness and Trauma Empowerment. HSC Psychiatric Rehabilitation Director and Staff accompanied consumers to the event to provide them with opportunity to participate in their own adult recovery and be empowered to determine their own life goals….#HSCcanhelp
Human Services Center Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Director, Laurlyn Smith and Staff participated in the PAPRS Conference entitled “Opening the Door to Wellness: Inclusive Practices in Recovery” at State College from 4/16/19-4/18/19. The conference featured Keynote speakers, state of the art workshops, and networking opportunities to the staff whom are dedicated to improve the quality of life to people living with psychiatric disabilities….#HSCcanhelp
Human Services participated in this years 2019 Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Ewing Park in Ellwood City. The event featured food, vendors, activities, local entertainers, educational exhibits, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more!! Our Earth…Our Home…It Takes a Community…#HSCcanhelp
HSC employees participated in the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County’s “Knock out Abuse” event on Saturday 4/13/19. The event was held at New Castle Senior High School Field House that featured a Dodgeball Tournament with cash prizes, silent auction, and much more!! The event helps raise money to support efforts to keep kids safe while compasionately strengthening families in our community. HSC is extremely proud of the representation of employees..It takes a Community…#HSCcanhelp