One of our participants is painting as part of the “Art Therapy Express” program which is happening at both our Kent County and New Castle sites. His grandmother says he comes home smiling and singing and is very happy to be at the C.E.R.T.S. Adult Action Center. Watch the video. Video of Art Program
An open house was held at the C.E.R.T.S. Kent County site in Smyrna. Those attending were able to see the paintings done by our participants, new touch screen computers, new activity chairs for our participants and the activities our participants are provided every day.
Joanne Reilly from the Longwood Foundation attended. The foundation provided start up funding for the new site. Also attending were four individuals from DFRC which provides funding to both our Kent County and New Castle County sites. Those attending were Anthony Glenn, Ed.D., Executive Director; Lynne Sklar, trustee; Steve Cleary & Terry Sklar, both beneficiaries committee members. DFRC has been providing program funding since the first time C.E.R.T.S. opened our doors to adults with multiple, severe disabilities.
There were others attending the open house including KSI, state of Delaware and Point of Hope. Also attending were Program Associates Katie Bishop and Ravin Dean, Bill Sowers, RN, Program Specialist and Nurse; Vivian Turner, MPA, Executive Director; and Ron Barisano, CFRE, Development Director.
My full name is Lenek Ann Mack and I am from Vineland, NJ , but recently moved to Elkton, MD. I have a 22 year old daughter named Tiarra, she’s a terrific young lady, fulltime student and works fulltime.
My background is I worked at Elwyn, NJ for 16 ½ years. I started as a direct care person and moved up to program coordinator of two group homes, then moved up to program supervisor.
C.E.R.T.S. day program and the participants and staff are my roots of employment, so working here is very enjoyable. I love helping people in need and I’m happy to have the opportunity to show my knowledge and experience.
Funding was received for the pottery and music programs at our New Castle County site in Newark. The program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
The C.E.R.T.S. Annual Report for the period of July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 is now available. You can download it on the website under the tab for history or pick up a copy at either our New Castle County site in Newark or Kent County site in Smyrna. The annual report highlights the great programs and events which happened during the time period. Download the annual report here!