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Success Stories | Community Living & Support Services

Success Stories

CLASS does not have an exact definition of a “Success Story” because each person determines their own success. One person’s success will not match what others may see as a success.

The stories that are featured in this section are examples of individuals making strides to reaching their personal goals or exemplify the mission and values of CLASS. These individuals are creating opportunities for themselves and are modeling what CLASS stands for.

Mike and his brother wear New Years Eve hats
Family and holidays have always been important to Michael, who is supported through CLASS’s Residential Services Program.  His excitement is contagious for all who meet him at any time throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season.  This year was even more exciting for Mike; he
Joyce, Ann, and Vickie
Ann is an avid movie goer and loves going out to dinner.  She enjoys spending time with her family and chatting with people in the community.  She credits her participation in the Attendant Care and  Multiple Sclerosis Exercise and Support (MSES) programs with helping her be more active in her
Jeff and Lenny Working on a Schedule
Jeff has been an advocate in the Pittsburgh community, holding leadership positions within the public and private sector. Well-respected by his peers, Jeff is known for his great sense of humor and patience.
Members of the Alliance for Community Respite Care
The Alliance for Community Respite Care (ACRC) of CLASS continues to promote awareness of caregiver relief and hosted a number of events to celebrate Respite Awareness Week 2015 in Pennsylvania.
Michael holding a white rabbit
Meeting people who have common interests, feeling a sense of belonging, and being active in one’s community are important to most of us; Michael is no different.
Christina and Amy at the open house
In October of 2015, CLASS was awarded a grant from the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University to offer services under the Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT).
Chris with two other friends
Chris loves spending time with her family and is thankful to be strong enough to do so.  As a participant in the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise and Support (MSES) Program at CLASS, Chris has learned exercises that have both reduced her symptoms of MS, and have helped her to maintain her strength,
Mark is smiling and wearing a steeler jacket
Not knowing where to turn for help, Mark was referred to the Community Partners Program by a friend.  Mark was struggling at his job and experiencing financial stress.  
 
Attendants practicing how to wash someone's hair in bed
On average, staff from CLASS’s Attendant Care Program, referred to as direct-care workers, spend more time with participants than any other support workers including, nurses, physicians, and case workers/service coordinators.  Although Direct Care Workers provide non-medical assistance, one of
Michael with his mom and younger sister
Michael can best be described as one of the happiest people you will meet.  He is outgoing, friendly, always energetic, and eager to please.  For many young adults, leaving high school is a big transition often confronted with choices about furthering their education, obtaining employment, or m
Don, Mike, and their staff member in front of a booth that says CLASS
When you enter his home, it is likely that you will see Donald at the stove helping to prepare a meal with staff.  There is an old adage that good things happen when people gather around the kitchen table, and that is certainly true for Donald.
 

Through the one-on-one Community Habilitation support, Don is able to participate in his community again.

Bruce is living life to the fullest as he continues to be as independent as possible both in his own home and while enjoying the outdoors.

Sally Balogh is the perfect example of someone who recognizes challenges and moves on despite them.

Margie is confident in her abilities, is no longer fearful of transfers and is still sharing her suggestions on how to do tasks in a different way.

Jason believes he can make an impact in not only his own life, but in the lives of others. Now in his thirties, Jason is cancer free and resides with his grandmother in McKeesport.

Leslie speaks often of how much she loves and values her work at CLASS because it gives her the opportunity to help others.

All of the skills and experience Michael gained at CLASS allowed her to take the next big adventure in her life: moving out of her family home.

In addition to gaining valuable experience, Sam was able to add to his resume, which he created with the assistance of CLASS Kids community partners.

Mark has been utilizing staff support to explore vocational options and has been scheduling interviews for positions of interest.

John continues to live in his home and has been successful in managing all aspects of his life independently.

Bob is extremely appreciative that he can be at home with his wife and children and no longer paying the $600 monthly fee.