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April CWS Update

Parent/Caregiver Presentation

On April 12th, while Vanguard alumni were enjoying a fun evening dancing and catching up with friends in the beautiful ballroom at the Sheraton Valley Forge King of Prussia, approximately 15 parents and caregivers had a chance to attend a presentation about CWS and PAAble in a conference room just across the hall.

Attendees learned about the important work CWS is doing providing job seeking and employment coaching services to 69 participants with special needs throughout Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. They also had a chance to meet Samuel Williams, the new Supervisor of Specialized Recreation Services, the program that oversees summer camp, year-round retreats and adult social activities.

Karen Carr, Outreach Specialist for the PA Treasury Department, shared a presentation about PAAble, a savings account for people with disabilities.  Karen was able to answer many pressing questions about how the benefits of the account and offered information about what expenses qualify under the program.  If you missed the presentation but are interested in learning about PAAble, please click here to view a pdf of the slide deck.

We look forward to providing more helpful information to caregivers and parents next year!


CWS PresenterPA Treasury rep presenting

New Service Dog In-Training

Our Director of Adult and Recreation Services, Christine Coughenour, has been a long-time volunteer for Canine Partners. Christine's work with Canine Partners involves training puppies to become service dogs. VFES has been fortunate to have had a few of Christine's dogs in-training on campus to provide emotional support and comfort to students and staff intermittently throughout the year. Our current dog, Honey, came to us at just 8 weeks old. Having her on campus has been an exciting highlight for students and staff alike! Honey also sometimes accompanies Christine on her site visits to CWS participants.

students petting honey the dogstudent petting honey