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Annual Food Drives
Each year, Passavant Memorial Homes staff members generously donate and deliver food items to support local food banks and other food distribution organizations in Passavant’s areas of operation. We welcome area individuals and organizations to join us in this effort.
Jamie Ellenberger Scholarship Fund
The Jamie Ellenberger Scholarship was established by CEO and President, Rick D. Senft, in honor of a young man who clearly demonstrated the achievements that are possible for persons with intellectual disabilities. Jamie successfully transitioned from living at home to becoming a member of his new residential community. During the time he resided in the Passavant Memorial Homes Community Residential Program (1990-1997), Jamie was an active and contributing member, both in community-based activities and in Passavant’s vocational training program. His untimely death in 1997 saddened all who knew him, but through the establishment of the Jamie Ellenberger Scholarship Award, he will be remembered as a unique individual who lived a fulfilling and productive life with the advocacy and support of his community.
On an annual basis, Passavant approaches more than 100 school districts in its areas of operation to make applications for the Jamie Ellenberger Scholarship available to graduating seniors who are pursuing post high school educations. The opportunity to apply is available to all qualifying seniors in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Please click on the following link to access the current student application: 2017 Jamie Ellenberger Scholarship Application
Application deadline is April 21, 2017.
Operation Safety Net
Operation Safety Net (OSN) originated in Pittsburgh as a street medicine program, with the founders, Dr. Jim Withers and Mike Sallows, making “house calls” at night under bridges, along the riverbanks, and in abandoned buildings. It is now a model for at least 21 US cities, and 11 international cities, and was the subject of the documentary, “One Bridge to the Next”. Operation Safety Net provides an array of services to Pittsburgh’s homeless. In support, Passavant staff generously donate and then deliver cold weather clothing items and blankets to this worthy initiative. On a pre-determined winter night, Passavant staff prepares and delivers a hot meal to OSN’s overnight shelter in downtown Pittsburgh. We welcome cooperating participation and donations.
Salvation Army Toy Drive
For many years, Passavant staff have participated in The Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children program. By selecting an Angel Tag from the Christmas Trees located in each of the Passavant branch offices, a child’s gift request is identified, purchased and returned, unwrapped with the angel tag attached, to the branch office where the tag originated. The gifts are then wrapped by the child’s parent(s) thus making the difficult situation of asking for help at Christmas just a little bit easier.
This program has literally made thousands of gifts available to participating families in the Pittsburgh region. Passavant is proud to be a long-time, loyal sponsor of this compassionate initiative.