March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month highlights how people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

This year’s theme was “A World of Opportunities,” which celebrates people, working together to remove obstacles, and building a community that is committed to creating a world where everyone can do well and succeed. Learn more here.

During the month, Via spotlighted participants who are excelling and achieving their goals.

Vicky started in Via’s Pre-Vocational Workshop in 2016 and quickly mastered various production and assembly line tasks. She consistently exceeded expectations and self-advocated to challenge herself by trying new work sites and learning new job skills. Vicky expanded her job skills at Via’s Small Group Employment sites Reynolds & Reynolds Electronics, Cigars International, and Stuffed Puffs.

“Vicky has developed into a reliable, diverse employee, who can set goals and accomplish them independently,” said Megan Tegyi, Via’s Director of Pre-Vocational and Production Services.

Stephanie wants to have meaningful connections with those in her life and see people happy and thriving. She advocates for her need to build positive relationships so she can live a fulfilling life.

“Stephanie is constantly thinking about the well-being of those closest to her, like her family, co-workers, and friends,” said Program Coordinator, Mariann Strausbaugh.

You can read more stories here.

Via Named a Top Workplace

For the second consecutive year, Via of the Lehigh Valley has been named a Top Workplace by The Morning Call. This honor is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The survey measures 15 culture drivers critical to the success of any organization including alignment, execution, and connection.

The survey results ranked Via in fourth place for a Lehigh Valley mid-size employer. Via was also awarded the Top Workplace Going in the Right Direction among all the employers.

"Winning the Top Workplaces award is a testament to the collective effort, dedication, and spirit of every individual who contributes to Via," said Lisa Walkiewicz, President/CEO of Via of the Lehigh Valley. "Each employee brings unique talents, passion, and commitment to work every day. Our employees’ support and collaboration have made Via a thriving workplace that fosters growth and empowers creativity.

"Via’s commitment to excellence remains steadfast, and we will continue to create a workplace where everyone thrives, innovates, and feels valued."

Via leadership, employees and board members celebrated the honor at the Top Workplace awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 27 at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem.

Via Celebrates Staff Promotions

Via announced several promotions in March.

Suzanne Curry has been promoted to Director of Early Intervention. Suzanne will ensure quality services are provided to children from birth through age three who experience developmental delays. She also will oversee a team of professional therapists to provide exceptional support and guidance to the families and caretakers of the children Via serves throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Samantha Matthews has been promoted to Program Manager of Community Connections and Behavior Supports. Samantha will be responsible for the financial stability and growth of the Community Connections and Behavior Supports programs, overseeing the Direct Support Professionals, and ensuring quality programming for the participants Via serves.

Chelsea Reiter has been promoted to Director of Community Connections, Adult Training Facility, and Behavior Supports. Chelsea's attention to detail, strong knowledge of community programs, and leadership skills put her in a position to take on the additional program of Behavior Supports.

Join us in congratulating Suzanne, Samantha, and Chelsea!

Samantha Matthews

Chelsea Reiter

Soaking Up the Sun

Via participant, Gabe loves getting outside to go on a walk or a hike. Recently, Gabe and his Direct Support Professional, Amanda, got fresh air and some Vitamin D during a sunny day.

The pair grabbed a warm drink and completed the walking trail at Louise Moore Park. Gabe was thrilled to be walking outside after the cold winter weather.

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