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March 18, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Peak an asset to the community

Our community is blessed with many resources and one of them is Peak Community Services.

Peak Community Services, formerly known as Woodlawn Center, is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that has been serving the developmentally disabled in Cass, Pulaski, and surrounding counties for over 60 years. As board president, I am pleased to share the plethora of services offered at Peak.

For people with developmental disabilities, Peak empowers them to develop skills that enable them to live the life they choose so they can live as independently as they want. You may be surprised to learn that Peak offers services in their workshop, allowing individuals to earn an income and learn valuable work skills, but they also assist clients with employment services, matching people with a prospective employer and offering training and transition assistance for a seamless fit.

Peak’s Community Living Programs provide individuals with the opportunity to live independently and teach them valuable self-help and life skills, allowing them to become self-sufficient. Support and encouragement are all part of the Community Living programs. Peak’s Supervised Group Living services support men and women as they reach for a higher level of independence.

Residents participate in individualized programs which they help to design. Currently, there are several openings in our group homes. Clients may also take advantage of habilitation services, which includes learning social, recreational, academic, and vocational skills.

All programs are tailored to meet individual needs, and all staff have been trained to ensure quality programming for all clients. If you know of an individual who may benefit from any or all services provided by our highly trained, caring, and compassionate staff, please send them to Peak. It has been a privilege to serve on the Peak board for the past several years; working with regulatory requirements, creatively finding new funding sources to meet all of our responsibilities, and continuously advocating for the clients and agency.

As principal at Fairview Elementary School, it gives me great peace of mind knowing that many of my special needs students will have access to all of the resources provided by Peak when they reach the age of eligibility. Our goal is to help individuals live the life they choose so they can live as independently as they want. We invite everyone to stop by Peak for a guided tour.

Christine Hess

Logansport

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