A Letter from the President

Dear Friends:


On behalf of all of us who make up the Verland Family, I wish you a Merry Christmas, a joyous Holiday season filled with God’s blessings, and a wonderful New Year.  Our calendar this year shared the stories, hopes, and joy of the individuals we serve, who are so special and dear to us.  The calendar focused on the needs and the accomplishments of clients and staff in our 43 Community Living Arrangements (CLA) homes and their programs at the three Verland Adult Training Facilities (ATFs), wherein we serve our community clients from around the region.


In the past year we have been blessed with the generosity of many foundations, corporations, and individuals who have supported our efforts to expand and improve our services and facilities at our Sewickley ATF.  The beautiful new wings we added, as you saw in last year’s calendar, were sorely needed and made it far easier for our staff to better serve our individuals. These changes have allowed us to enhance the life experiences and level of care of the 94 clients living on our Sewickley Campus, elevated staff morale and efficiency, and helped us to attract talented new employees to Verland.


Our major initiative for the next 18 months is upgrading 23 of our community homes, housing 156 clients.  This project will enable Verland to provide full access to people who use wheelchairs and other assistive equipment in all of our homes.  More than 40% of our CLA homes now need major renovations to provide access, sufficient client living space, and room for the growing amount of adaptive equipment clients use, which is projected to continue to increase as they age.  Verland’s CLA homes have reached a median age of 50 years, with the older of these homes having the more urgent need for renovation.


In these homes, Verland staff members are a second family to the individuals they care for daily, doing everything possible to make their lives as much like living at home as possible.  They share special times like birthdays and holidays, help the individuals through sickness and difficult times, and, most of all, show them the love, dignity and respect that all people need.


We are aware of the challenges that our area of service faces.  There are more than 14,000 people on Pennsylvania’s waiting list for services.  To sustain a qualified and caring staff and provide high-quality residential facilities for those we serve, Verland always needs your help.


At this joyful season, we thank you for your past support and we ask for your care and encouragement in the future.  Please look at the pages of this calendar to learn how your support benefits those who live at Verland.  The steps we are taking to modernize Verland’s community homes throughout our region demonstrate our commitment to provide those we serve with the best in life-span services in safe, comfortable, and welcoming homes.


Please remember that an accident or an illness could result in any of us and those we love having the conditions that can cause us to look for a Verland.  We hope that if you are not yet a regular supporter of Verland, you will consider becoming one.


On behalf of the individuals and their families, our staff, our boards of directors, and the friends who individually and through their organizations make Verland’s services possible, Thank you and God bless you.


Thank you, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.




Carol B. Mitchell, M. Ed., DHumL

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”
Hebrews Chapter 11
Verse 6