Community Support Transforms Lives
Scott, who has an autism spectrum disorder, is a member of a loving family. His father, Dan, a single parent, worked tirelessly to ensure Scott received the supportive services he needed as a child and student. Scott’s sister, Deanna helped her father and they both worked together so that all Scott’s needs were met. 

Once Scott graduated from high school, his father reached out to Via for help. Dan said, “I can’t say enough about the people at Via and all they have done to help my son become independent and fulfilled. He loves going to work and feels truly valued. Scott has learned how to manage his money, make his own meals, clean his space and do his own laundry. He also has a much easier time in social situations. My daughter and I are so proud of him.”

Via is counting on our community to help us raise $978,177 to meet the need for our essential services that transform the lives of our participants and their families. Each donation, of any size, helps. You may make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here or mailing a check to: Via of the Lehigh Valley, 336 West Spruce St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Thanks so much for your kind support.
Via Participants Help Others
Via’s Creative Expressions Adult Training Services at The John E. Walson Center support the growth of people with disabilities and empowers them to participate in a wide variety of community activities, including volunteering. Over the past few months, participants have made 500 scarves from fleece blankets and other materials to help homeless individuals in our community stay warm during the winter months. In late November, Via participants delivered these scarves to nonprofit organizations that provide services to the homeless. 

Via participants volunteer throughout the community all year long and enjoy helping others. If your organization needs volunteers, please contact Chelsea Hamm, Community Connections & ATF Creative Expressions Program Manager, at C.Hamm@ViaNet.org or 610-317-8000 x499.
Via Fitness Center Powered by St. Luke's University Health Network Officially Opens

On November 17, Via opened its new fitness center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Through the generosity of St. Luke’s University Health Network, Via can now offer participants a place to work on their individual health and wellness goals. Participants are very excited to have this amenity. Thank you to St. Luke’s for its continued partnership that enriches the lives of the people Via serves.
Peoples Security Bank Supports Employment Services for Teens
Brian Cook, Senior Vice President of Peoples Security Bank & Trust and Via Board Member, delivered a $3,000 grant to support Via’s Community Employment Services for teens.  Research shows that youth who participate in career exploration are more engaged in planning their career and more motivated to pursue employment than students who do not have similar services. Peoples Security Bank & Trust’s support of this program will help teens reach their goals to become competitively employed once they leave high school.  
We are so thankful for our wonderful Via community! We hope you have a great holiday with your loved ones.
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