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3rd Annual Skills Trivia Challenge

Friday, April 10, 2014   •   7:00 p.m - 9:30 pm.
The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona, PA

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Skills Lifesharing Webinars

Wednesday, February 25
at 12:00 PM ET and 6:00 PM ET

Do you have an extra bedroom? Are you feeling moved to make a difference in the life of a community member with a disability? Could Lifesharing be a fit for you or your family?

Lifesharing is a unique program that invites single people as well as traditional and non-traditional families to offer a caring home to an individual with a disability. These families offer guidance, security, support and love to a person with a disability and enrich the quality of the person's life.

The Skills team would like to invite you to take part in a free informational session online, also known as a webinar, to learn more about Lifesharing and whether or not you think you would make a good match for this extraordinary program.

The upcoming webinars will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at 12:00PM ET and 6:00PM ET. To join either session, please register below.

To learn more about Skills and Lifesharing, please click here.

We encourage you to share this invitation with any person or family that you feel may be interested in opening up their hearts and home to a person with a disability.


R-Word PSA and Proclamation

On March 4, 2015 Skills of Central Pennsylvania will join thousands of individuals, countless communities, and numerous organizations in the campaign to eliminate the R-word from everyday vocabulary.

On October 5, 2010, Rosa's Law was officially signed into federal law. It removes the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from federal health, education and labor policy and replaces them with person first language "intellectual disability" and "individual with an intellectual disability". Many states, including Pennsylvania, have offered an annual proclamation around the annual day of awareness to help bring attention to the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.

Please join Skills' staff in promoting the R-word elimination campaign by going to and signing the pledge: I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

As one of Skills' staff stated: "We change lives; what is your Skill?

Help us change lives!

Skills Trivia Challenge Is Back!

Friday, April 10, 2014 • 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona

Are you a fan of Jeopardy? Is trivia a passion of yours? Or just a form of entertainment?

Then you do not want to miss the 3rd annual Trivia Challenge sponsored by the Skills Foundation. The event will be held on Friday, April 10th at The Casino at Lakemont Park in Altoona.

Enjoy a round of team trivia, cash bar, finger foods and desserts. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.

There will also be silent auction and a 50/50 raffle drawing and door prizes.

Teams can have a maximum of 6 players. The team rate of for 6 players is $25 per person, or a total of $150. The rate for teams with less than 6 players is $30 per person.

Sponsorships are now available! For sponsorship and event information, download the Skills Trivia Challenge brochure. We are also seeking silent auction items. If you have an item to donate please contact Gwen Auman at 814-594-4251 or Flora Marynak at 814-238-3245 ext. 326.

Registration check-in begins at 7 p.m. with cash bar and food. Trivia begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m. Dress is casual.

The evening's trivia rounds will be led by Team Trivia PA!

All proceeds from the Trivia Challenge are used for programming and services for the people served by Skills of Central Pennsylvania.

Who said it?
You know you might be getting old when your favorite section of the newspaper is '50 Years Ago Today'."

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

"Thoughts come clearly while one walks."

These may be door prize questions!!!

Thank you for your support of Skills of Central Pennsylvania.
Gwen Auman, Senior Director of Development

Skills of Central Pennsylvania and
Penn State Lady Lions Basketball!

What a wonderful combination.

Skills recently became a sponsor of Lady Lion home basketball games.  The sponsorship has provided an opportunity for individuals that we serve to attend a game, participate in pre-game activities on the court with the team, and to be recognized on the court at half-time.

If you get a chance to attend a game you will hear the following announcement:

Fans, let’s welcome our Skills Player of the Game, to today’s game, presented by Skills of Central Pennsylvania. Our lucky Skills Player of the Game played a vital role in today’s Lady Lion Basketball warm-up by lending a helping hand with the ball cart, all while cheering on our players courtside. Skills of Central Pennsylvania is committed to creating opportunities, providing choice and support, and promoting recovery to enhance all aspects of people’s lives. Let’s give our Skills Player of the Game a round of applause for their contribution to the community and our Lady Lions!

Come out and support Lady Lion Basketball and Skills of Central Pennsylvania at a fun filled day of sport and awareness!

Two of the individuals we serve at the game, Tom Lucas and Ryan Tkach!

Tom  Lucas and Ryan Tkach

Skills Foundation Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! The Foundation has three fun and exciting events scheduled for 2015. We would love to see you there!

Friday, April 10th: Trivia Night at the Lakemont Park Casino in Altoona. There will be a silent auction and test your knowledge with the Trivia contest.

Saturday, May 16th: Discovery Garden Plant sale. This event is held yearly with proceeds benefitting the Discovery Garden in Hollidaysburg.

Monday, July 13th: 10th Annual E.F. “Pat” Houser Golf Tournament at Toftrees. As this is the 10th anniversary of the golf tournament you will not want to miss the activities being planned.

Stay tuned for details on these events and others being planned.

Memoirs to Recovery Calendar

Six Word Memoirs:

Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a novel in only six words. His response was:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

With this response, six word memoirs were born. In a six word memoir, people try to tell their life story in six words. In just six words, people can often cope with issues they've been having, express their feelings about things that they never could before, and later remind themselves of how they were feeling at that point in time. This creative outlet created by Hemingway has completely changed our outlook on writing and reinforces the idea that sometimes, less is more.

Why use Six Word Memoirs

Some people who are referred for psychiatric rehabilitation services are not engaged with service providers, struggle to come up with personally meaningful goals, and have difficulty articulating their values, interests, and preferences. Six-word memoirs, is one way to begin a recovery conversation. Exploring where a person has been (what his/her life has been like so far) can set the stage for conversations about the future (where s/he is going from here).

The Philipsburg Psychiatric Rehabilitation program used the Six Word Memoirs concept with their individuals, resulting in the printing of a 2015 Six Word Memoirs Calendar.

Please support this project by purchasing a calendar. The cost is $10.00 each, with all proceeds used to purchase additional resource materials. Please contact Sara Mays at (814) 342-9800 ext. 105 or email her at

Thank you for your support!