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Estate Planning for Special Needs Families

This webinar is Presented by PennCares and Bellomo & Associates
Zoom Webinar

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1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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by computer or phone

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COST: $10
2.0 Social Work CEUs Pending Approval* 

Sometimes, estate planning involves protecting our beneficiaries either from themselves, future creditors or protecting them so that they do not lose any government benefits that they would be receiving at the time they would inherit. An effective way to offer this protection is through a special needs trust. In this training you will learn how to protect those with disabilities to ensure they do not lose any support or benefits when their caretaker dies.

Objectives Learn about the two types of special needs trusts Learn how to protect beneficiaries either from themselves, future creditors or protecting them so that they do not lose any government benefits that they would be receiving at the time they would inherit CEUs*  “Pending approval from NASW-PA Chapter to be a co-sponsor of this workshop.  NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”

Wednesday, February 8  
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Penn Cares – Dementia Live Experience

Have You Gone Through
This Simulation Experience Yet?
Registration is Limited! Register Now! Have you ever been through our Dementia Live Simulation Experience? Dementia Live™ is experiential learning that simulates cognitive and sensory impairment, giving participants a real-life simulation of what it must be like to live with dementia. Try it!
This is a brief introduction to Dementia Live® featuring clips from various training sessions, conferences, and personal testimonials. 
Dementia Live Experience

PennCares Hanover Office

733 Cherry Tree Court
Hanover, PA 17331

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. &
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sessions are ½ hour segments 

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your time slot to complete paperwork 
 Description: In this high-impact Dementia Live experience, you will be immersed into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with a cognitive impairment and sensory change.  You will be empowered to build new bridges of communication.  Dementia Live is experiential learning that simulates cognitive and sensory impairment, giving participants a real-life simulation of what it must be like to live with dementia.  Through the hands-on learning experience participants gain greater awareness and understanding of the constant struggles affecting persons with dementia as they go about their daily lives. 

Target audience: This session is for professionals working in the aging care systems, family members or community- based groups and Alzheimer’s Support Groups. 

Safety Precautions: The Dementia Live Experience is not appropriate for individuals who appear to have a cognitive impairment, are intoxicated, have anxiety, poor balance, seizures, are pregnant, have impaired mobility that requires use of cane or walker, or are severely impaired with hearing or vision loss.Saturday
21“Because it’s frightening to care for someone you don’t understand.” REGISTER NOW
If your agency, organization or retirement community would like to host a Dementia Live (DL) simulation training, OR train your own staff within your organization, please contact Deborah Allen at
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211 Day Summit – Register Today!

Reserve your spot for 211 Day!Join us in-person for a day of knowledge sharing, learning and relationship building on Friday, February 10th from 9am to 5pm at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (850 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster)
We are excited to welcome U.S. Senator Bob Casey in person this year to speak about legislation he has sponsored championing 211 and providing the transformative resources needed to meet the great social service challenges of our time through better referral communication. We will also be revealing a major digital transformation whose pilot has been supported byThe High Foundation, which will now scale up due to the senator’s support. Event details are still being finalized, but the day’s agenda will be as follows:
211 Day Summit
8:30-9:15 – Registration Open, breakfast available
9:15-9:30 – Welcome Remarks by Kevin Ressler, President & CEO of United Way of Lancaster County
9:30-10:00 – Welcome Remarks and Overview by Patricia Espinosa-Vargas, PA 211 East Director
10:00-10:45 – 1st Workshop Session
10:45-11:00 – Break 
11:00-11:45 – 2nd Workshop Session
11:45-12:00 – Break
12:00-1:00 – Lunch and Keynote Speaker 
12:00-12:15 – Grabbing lunch and getting seated
12:15-12:30 – U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Keynote Speaker
12:30-12:35 – Kevin Ressler offers thank you
12:35-1:00 – Demonstration of Closed Loop System (with Q&A)1:00-1:15 – Break
1:15-2:15 – 3rd Workshop Session
2:15-2:45 – Closing Remarks and Networking
Level Up & Launch Announcement
3:00 – Begin Level Up & Launch event, food/drinks served
3:15-3:25 – Explanation Remarks by Kevin Ressler
3:25-3:45 – Video Presentation
3:45-4:00 – Panel Q&A about Level Up & Launch grants
4:00-5:00 – Networking 
We are inviting our local community organizations to facilitate workshops in the focal areas of economic mobility, education, health and wellness, and capacity building. An honorarium will be paid to workshop presenters.Join the workshop presenters below, with more to come:Age-Friendly Lancaster CityCentral Pennsylvania Food BankCommunities in Schools of PennsylvaniaCommunity Action Partnership of Lancaster CountyHunger-Free Lancaster CoalitionLancaster County Housing & Redevelopment AuthoritiesLancaster Works, LLCRivera-Santos ConsultingPennieUnited Way of Lancaster CountyYWCA LancasterWorkshop proposals are due by Friday, January 20, 2023.
Stick around as we announce United Way of Lancaster County’s Level Up and Launch Grants for 2023 following the 211 Day Summit!The announcement, which will begin at 3pmwill feature live entertainment, time for networking, and hors d’oeuvres.Level Up and Launch Grants invest in innovative and scalable projects that address systemic challenges and advance the education, economic mobility, and health & wellbeing of the Lancaster community.
Registration Fees——————————————————————————————————————*LIMITED TIME: Thanks to the location sponsorship from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, the first 100 registered attendees will receive free admission. When registering, attendees should use the promo code “THANKSLGH” at checkout.——————————————————————————————————————Half Day Ticket – $25 (either 211 Day or Level Up & Launch – 211 Day includes breakfast and lunch, Level Up & Launch includes live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres) Full Day Ticket – $50 (includes both 211 Day and Level Up & Launch), includes breakfast, lunch, live entertainment and hors d’oeuvresIf the registration cost presents a challenge, you can make avolunteer service commitment of two hours or more to a local nonprofit organization to cover your registration. Please contact to find out more.
Please contact with any further questions.We look forward to seeing you at 211 Day!

Understanding the Changing Brain Webinar

Last Chance – Register Now! Brown Bag Lunch Webinar with Teepa
One Hour Can Make A Difference!Understanding the Changing Brain
ebinar with Teepa

Thursday, January 26, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 pm ET (-5 GMT)
Join Teepa for a one-hour live webinar for an exploration of her book, Understanding the Changing Brain. Teepa will address how professionals can use this book to understand the changes that occur in the brain during the process of dementia. She will also discuss the ways that we can adapt our responses to create more successful interactions, leading to improved organizational outcomes and re-energized care.Register now for this webinar with Teepa >>*This webinar is free for everyone that owns the product, so get your
Understanding the Changing Brain book today!

**For orders placed after January 18, 2023 you will not receive your 
Understanding the Changing Brain book prior to the live webinar on January 26, 2023.
 There are three ways to join us for this fun and engaging webinar:Click here to purchase the Understanding the Changing Brain book – and attend the webinar for free!Already have Understanding the Changing Brain book?Click here to request a coupon code to attend for free.Just want to attend this Webinar by paying full price and not getting the Understanding the Changing Brain book? Select your ticket to the left on the web page and add it to the cart.Register now for this webinar with Teepa >>
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THIS MONTH’S NEWS From the Latino Connection team

THIS MONTH’S NEWS From the Latino Connection team
Pennsylvania’s 3rd Annual Latino Health Summit: April 6–8, 2023
3rd Annual Latino Health Summit
SAVE THE DATE! We are excited to announce the 3rd Annual Pennsylvania Latino Health Summit will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Reading, PA, Berks County, from April 6-8, 2023.Exercise Activities, Healthy Cooking Demos, Interactive Activities, Workshops Important Discussions, Celebrity Speakers, Resources and Giveaways, and so much MORE!
Join us for Pennsylvania's 3rd Annual Latino Health Summit: April 6-8, 2023 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Reading, PA
CALL FOR SPEAKERS! There are plenaries and speaking opportunities, networking, and breakout sessions and we welcome all abstracts, presentations, and workshops. Submit your abstracts now »

CALL FOR SPONSORS! We’re looking to make LHS 2023 bigger and bolder than ever before. We are seeking knowledgeable and passionate speakers to lead important conversations, and in order to do so, we also need the support of sponsorships. For more information, please contact Mary Oliveira today.
SAVE THE DATE! Adelante Health & Wellness Expo will take place on the last day of the Latino Health Summit on April 8, 2023.

Get access to wellness workshops, fitness activities, healthy food demos, health screenings, dental assessments, and more! Admission is FREE and open to the public!
Aprende a construir una visión de desarrollo máximo de ser mujerHábitos que producen calidad de vida¿Como silenciar el ruido mental?Estrategias para mejorar tu estado de ánimo
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This January, we raise awareness for
Thyroid Awareness MonthThe thyroid is a small gland responsible for producing hormones that play a crucial role in many of the body’s systems — from cells and tissues, to organs like the heart, brain, liver, and kidneys and dysfunction occurs when the thyroid produces either too much or too little thyroid hormone. ⁣Diagnoses can be accomplished with simple blood tests. The most common are cold hands and feet, dry skin, and unexplained weight gain. ⁣All of these can indicate hypothyroidism (not enough hormone being produced). Conversely, diarrhea and unexplained weight loss can be a sign of hyperthyroidism (too much hormone).⁣⁣If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, this is the perfect time to ask your doctor if you should be tested.Cervical Health Awareness MonthCervical health is one aspect of health that many women neglect throughout their lives. By becoming more knowledgeable about this, women can detect any health issues at an early stage and get access to the best treatment.⁣It is estimated that over 13,000 females suffer from cervical cancer in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, cervical cancer can be easily prevented through vaccination and early detection.⁣The disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening. Learn more »
 Healthy New Year RecipesSponsored by Highmark Wholecare!Kick off the new year with four easy, quick and healthy snack recipes to help you start your healthy journey.

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Healthy Recipeof the Month
Ingredients1 lb. salmon fillet1 Tbsp. Olive oil1 tsp. Diced garlic1/4 c. white wine1 c. chopped asparagus1 1/2 c. chicken stock1/2 tsp. Dried dill1/4 tsp. Salt3/4 c. dry orzo pasta1/2 lemon, juiced1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved2 Tbsp. Grated ParmesanInstructionsArrange the salmon skin-side down. Gently feel the surface of the meat until you find the ends of the pin-bones. Slice the fillet of salmon into 3 or 4 pieces. With kitchen tweezers, pluck each pin-bone from the fillet. Continue until all pin-bones are removed. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper.Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange the salmon, skin side down, in the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the sides of the fillets are opaque. Using a fish spatula, turn the fillets over. Cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until the fish reaches your desired oneness. Remove the fillets from the pan and set aside.Add the chopped garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the white wine and, using your spatula, scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock, dill, salt and orzo and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.Add the asparagus to the skillet and give it a quick stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes or until orzo pasta is tender.Add the lemon juice, tomatoes and Parmesan to the cooked pasta and stir. Cover and cook for 2 more minutes. Return the salmon fillets to the pan.Slice the remaining half of the lemon into wedges and serve the salmon and orzo with lemon wedges on the side.

Get Low-Cost Internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program  

    Affordable Connectivity Program    
DECEMBER 2, 2022    
Get Low-Cost Internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program  

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a Federal Communications Commission program that helps Pennsylvanians with low incomes pay for broadband service and internet-connected devices necessary to maintain reliable internet access in their homes.

The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way we communicate, learn, work, visit our doctor, and access social safety net resources. Now, having affordable and reliable internet service at home is even more essential to our everyday lives, but access to this resource is not universal. 

This new benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
Learn More About Affordable Internet in PA   Click the above link and learn more about the benefit including eligibility,
enrollment information, and community outreach resources.
      How Do I Enroll in the ACP? Eligible households can enroll by going to to submit an online application or print a mail-in application, or by contacting their preferred participating broadband provider in Pennsylvania and selecting a plan. 

Am I Eligible for the ACP? A household is eligible for the ACP if the household income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:  Participates in one of these assistance programs:  Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schoolsSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  Medical Assistance (Medicaid)  Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)  Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/202/811  Public Housing   Supplemental Security Income (SSI)  Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits  Lifeline  Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;  Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program;  Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal landsBureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance   Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations  Tribal Head Start (income-based)  Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiian  

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Arch Street Center News

Member of the Month: December Edition
Shirl, member since 2022   Each month, the members vote to see who will be chosen as the “Member of the Month.” For that month, the chosen member will get to eat lunch first every day, have a special lunch with the executive director at a restaurant of their choosing, and have a social media profile. They will also serve as a “first friend” to help new members as they acclimate to the Center.
Shirl has been a member for a very short amount of time. She has shown in her short time as a member the kind of attitude of gratitude we love to see in members. She participates in a variety of activities, helps out with chores and projects, and loves to be part of the giving culture of the Center. We are delighted to name Shirl the December Member of the Month. Congratulations, Shirl!        What is something you like about Arch Street Center? 
I feel so welcome here. I love it. There is always something to do and everyone is friendly.
What is your favorite hobby?
I love to go for walks and reading books.

What is one word you would use to describe Arch Street.
Arch Street is a blessing to me.

If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go? 
I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii.
What does Arch Street Center mean to you? 
Arch Street Center is a great place to hang out. I’ve met so many new friends here at the Center. I feel safe here – I feel like I belong.
What is your favorite movie?
Under the Tuscan Sun and 310 to Yuma with Russell Crowe.       Thank you for GIVING EXTRA to Arch Street Center on November 18th!
We raised over $50,000 in 24 hours! That’s amazing and we couldn’t have done it without your generous support!    Would you like to help Santa this year and be a Secret Santa for an Arch Street Center member? It’s easy! Contact Susanne to claim your member, and if you don’t feel like shopping, you can donate a gift card. Many of our members request them and in the event a member shows up who didn’t sign up for a gift, we’ll have something to give them that we know they will enjoy.
Suggested gift cards: Amazon Walmart McDonald’s (or other restaurants) Five Below CVS Giant Goodwill Gift cards can be in $5, $10, $15, $20, or $25, and we can mix and match to give each member a gift that is equivalent to our $25 maximum. All gifts need to be delivered to Arch Street Center (629 N Market Street) by December 22nd. Toiletries Needed! One of the many benefits of being an Arch Street member is that we offer hygiene products for use while in the Center or to take home with them. (Did you know we have a private shower our members can use?)
The toiletries we are in need of are: Deodorant Hand Soap Lip Balm Paper Towels Shower Gel Tissues Toilet Paper Toothbrushes Toothpaste All donations can be delivered to Arch Street Center (629 N Market Street) during regular Center

hours (M-F 10am-6:30pm/S-S noon-6:00pm).  

Save the Date for Arch Street Center’s Fishbowl Fundraiser!

Sponsorship Opportunities are available now. Contact Susanne or Ed to claim your spot!   Fishbowl Sponsorship Opportunities

Arch Street Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Lancaster, PA supporting the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness by providing support, recreation, and meals in a safe and nurturing environment. For more information on our services, contact Arch Street Center at or 717-392-8536.

Manor at Market Square – Welcoming New Residents

Our award-winning community has immediate availability!      
MEMORY CARE Female Shared and Male Shared  

INDEPENDENT LIVING/PERSONAL CARE Limited Availability Shared and Private Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments      

EMAIL CHRISTINE FOR MORE DETAILS   Or call Christine at Manor at Market Square at 610-816-0900.  
803 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601 • 610-816-0900 •
We are an equal opportunity housing provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.

Original Mini-Stand Down – Reading and Pottstown

Resilient PA: Growing and Flourishing Together

Resilient PA: Growing and Flourishing Together

Connections Matter Academy Available Now

Alongside Connect Our Kids, HEAL PA is excited to announce the Connections Matter Academy – a FREE animated series of videos to help teens and young adults cope with trauma and loss. Each week, on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m., a new episode of The Connections Matter Academy will be released. Set a reminder on your calendar for the following upcoming dates: 

·    December   1, 8, 15, 22, 29·    January       5, 12, 19

 Go to Connect Our Kids on social media to see the latest episode of The Connections Matter Academy FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram

Lunch Hour on December 7th! You’re invited!

Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in thirty languages, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His fifth book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture was released on September 13, 2022. To learn more, join his e-news list at

Access Resources and Become a Coalition Member!

Resilient PA is open to all individuals and organizations interested in trauma-informed and resiliency work. You can sign up for the coalition, view our educational materials, and learn more at the website. Coalition Members will receive news updates and information directly to their email inboxes about upcoming training, networking, and collaboration opportunities! New resources have been added!

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