(An email received from the Children & Youth Services Administrator of Adams County.)
I just wanted to take a moment and tell you what an absolutely fantastic job Sean and his staff are doing in Adams County. We have had so many new initiatives and changes at our Agency over the past year or so, and your staff have really embraced it and we truly consider JusticeWorks to be part of our Adams County CYS family . They are at the Agency daily and their response times are remarkable- it so exciting that we have a provider that is so flexible and willing to adjust to meet our needs. The Family Engagement Initiative, in particular, has been very successful because Sean was part of it- we are seen as trend setters across the state, and other counties want to mirror what is happening here in Adams County- the FEI has been a really exciting and even fun project because of our amazing FEI oversight team.
Sean is a strong leader and I wanted to take a moment and recognize that. I am not sure that he has shared with you- but in addition to presenting at our PCYA meeting in two weeks, he is also our Act 33 coordinator and, as of yesterday, he is the vice president of the Adams County CYS Advisory Board.
We feel really blessed to have JusticeWorks in our county- thank you!
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Sarah A. Finkey
Adams County Children & Youth Services
When Dan Heit asked Director Finkey if we could publish her kind comments, she agreed and added “Thank you for bringing JusticeWorks to Adams County- we are a better community because of it.”
We know that our good work depends on a robust positive partnership with county agencies, clearly we have that spectacularly in Adams County. Children and families are the beneficiaries of that great working partnership.
Compass Academy – Williamsport Open House
May 31, 2018
Compass Academy had another spectacular close to an incredible year! Our Open House included parents, providers, universities, judges, juvenile probation and a commissioner. We are very proud of the community support that we have been blessed with in Lycoming County.
Our Open House included a motivational keynote by our President & CEO, Dan Heit, and a moving speech by one of our graduating seniors, An-Nisa (see below).
Thank you to everyone that made 2017-2018 school year a success!
Pictured from left to right: Ian Nutt, JWYC Director of Lycoming County, An-Nisa, graduating senior, and President & CEO of JWYC, Dan Heit:
Open House Attendees!
President & CEO, Dan Heit providing the Keynote Address:
A message from An-Nisa to everyone that attended the Open House!
An Indiana County Youth who had participated in our Independent Living Program, shared her success with a post on Facebook (see below). Thank you, Phyllis, for mentioning JusticeWorks in your post. We are so proud of you! Many thanks to Lindsey Jones, our Independent Living Specialist, and to our Indiana County team!
Adams County JusticeWorks received a referral for a Rapid Turnaround Family Group Decision Making Conference. The Agency had an emergency the previous night and was at a family’s home until 10pm ensuring the safety of the children. The referral was for an infant who experienced a skull fracture from a fall. While the Agency was investigating and the child received emergency treatment, there was a need for a rapid conference to develop, plan and implement a safety plan in order to prevent out of home placement. Ellen Miller immediately started the referral and was in contact with the family. An emergency conference was held the next afternoon.
Pictured is Dylan of Butler Independent Living. Dylan is a proud, creative, and dedicated young man. Dylan crochets and can make anything from hats, to scarfs, placemats, or dog leashes; you name it he can fulfill your order. Dylan recently placed some of his items at a local consignment store for purchase and is enjoying the journey of becoming a young entrepreneur. Check out Odds n’ Ends in New Castle for Dylan’s handmade items. Way to go Dylan!
Letter received by Megan’s supervisor.
I wanted to touch base with you about Megan Buehler.
I am so very happy and impressed with her interaction with Crystal*, I have met a few times with Megan and Crystal* together but today was particularly impressive. Crystal* can be trying at times and her mental health doesn’t always make it easy to interact. Megan is patient and a calming influence on Crystal*, at court today Crystal* stated to the Master that she appreciates and loves working with Megan and that she is helpful and she appreciates her.
I have been very lucky to have some very good caseworkers working with me from Justice Works and I believe that Megan is an asset to your agency.
Cheryl A Leddy MSW
Lehigh County Office of Children & Youth
Thank you Cheryl for the kind words. Megan, we appreciate your hard work and caring attitude to all the individuals you serve. Thank you for embracing the “Whatever It Takes” approach to supporting the community we serve!