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JusticeWorks Community Updates

Dan Heit, President & CEO of JusticeWorks YouthCare, Nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award!

We are delighted to announce that Dan Heit, our President & CEO, has been nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award. Dan was a finalist for this prestigious award in 2013. This selection is a testament to Dan's exceptional leadership, innovation, financial prowess, social responsibility, and profound commitment to business and community. In 1999, Dan Heit founded JusticeWorks YouthCare in Pittsburgh, PA, leveraging his distinguished leadership career and national recognition as an expert in Human Service programming. Over the years, Dan has consistently...

Celebrating Excellence: A Heartfelt Appreciation for Candice Batterson’s Impact

In the realm of fostering, where challenges are plentiful and victories often hard-fought, it is truly heartening to receive messages that highlight the remarkable dedication of our team members. Today, we are proud to share a letter from Will and Maureen Smith*, foster parents, expressing their gratitude for the outstanding contributions of Candice Batterson, Supervisor in Mesa County, Colorado. The letter speaks volumes about the unwavering support, guidance, and reassurance that Candice provided to the Smiths throughout the past year. As we delve into the sentiments shared by Will and...

Spotlight on Success: Family Resource Specialist, Alyssa Gonzalez

A note received by Julia Smith, Alyssa’s supervisor: Hi Julia I just wanted to reach out about Alyssa Gonzalez. This is my first time working with her on a case and I just want to say what a great job she is doing on the **Miller case. I haven’t had it long, but it seems like she has been a lifeline to the **Barbara who is a young mother and new to the area and Alyssa has made sure she is so on top of things and is so helpful, it actually blows my mind. No disrespect to other workers of course, there are many good ones throughout your office, but Alyssa has been absolutely amazing and I...

Team Jefferson County: A Tale of Resilience, Support, and Success!

In the world of child welfare services, success stories often emerge from dedication, collaboration, and a steadfast commitment to helping families navigate through challenging times. The journey of "Team Jefferson" is a testament to this truth, showcasing the profound impact of consistent support and care on individuals facing adversities. I (Sierra Barber) first met the *Smith family in 2015 while I worked in a behavioral health setting supporting individuals. Fast forward to 2021, and fate brought about a remarkable reunion. A referral came through due to escalating parent-child...

Amber Rossochacy: Going Above and Beyond with “Whatever It Takes”!

Amber Rossochacy, FRS, has not only earned the prestigious title of November’s Employee of the Month, but has also garnered multiple heartfelt appreciations from the local child welfare office in Schuylkill County.  Her dedication to going the extra mile and embodying the spirit of “Whatever It Takes” has left an indelible mark on those she serves. A Resounding Appreciation I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the eff orts of one of your staff, Amber Rossochacy. I have been working with Amber on a case, and she has really been impressive. Amber has formed strong working...

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