Letter from the President

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 Dear Friends:

Welcome to the Verland website, which describes the people with disabilities whom we serve, and the care and support that we provide to them. This website presents the story of the challenges, needs, and accomplishments of the individuals in our 43 Verland Community Living Arrangements (VCLA) homes and their programs at the three Adult Training Facilities (ATFs), that operate region-wide. It also describes the largest facility, at our Sewickley Campus, which was recently renovated through the generosity of Pittsburgh’s foundation community and the many individuals and corporations that supported our capital campaign.

This information shows the enormous value of having safe, modern, bright, and welcoming residences for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities – a place where they can achieve dignity and a greater level of independence, with the support of a caring, professional staff. I invite you to share the stories, hopes, and joys of these Verlanders, who are so dear to us.

The recent expansion of our Sewickley ATF added beautiful new wings, which make it far easier for our staff to serve the 94 individuals living at the Sewickley Campus, and to enhance their care and lives. It has also elevated staff morale and efficiency, and brought us new employees. 

Our 43 community homes house 129 clients. Our major initiative for the next three years is upgrading or replacing more than 20 of the older homes, which will enable Verland to provide full access to people who use wheelchairs and other assistive equipment. These homes need major renovations to provide ramps, sufficient living space, ceiling lifts, and room for the additional adaptive equipment the residents need, which increases as they age.  

In the CLAs, Verland staff members serve as a “second family” to those they support, striving to give them satisfying everyday lives. They share special times like birthdays and holidays; help the individuals through sickness and difficult times; and show them the love, dignity, and respect that all people need.

Today, more than 14,000 people are on Pennsylvania’s waiting list for services. To continue meeting the need for high-quality residential spaces for those who are waiting, and to attract and retain a qualified and caring staff, Verland needs your help. We thank those who support us and we ask for your care and encouragement in the future.  The steps we are taking to modernize Verland’s community homes region-wide demonstrate our commitment to providing those we serve with the best in life-span services in a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment.

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

On behalf of all the individuals we serve and their families, our staff, our board of directors, and the friends who individually and through their organizations make Verland’s services possible, thank you and God bless you.

Sincerely,

Carol B. Mitchell
President and CEO