SJCS Stories

Spring Growth at St. John’s

Dear Friends, During the spring, I am filled by optimism from longer days, more sunshine, and increasingly warmer weather. For many of us, spring is a time for new beginnings when opportunities start to take root. At St. John’s Community Services, we are in a period of new growth and…...

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Make a Difference in Your Community

My family, like many of yours, celebrates the holidays by preparing and sharing meals. My daughters are prolific bakers, so we always have pies, cookies, and sweets. For me, the time spent with my girls in the kitchen, and later, with friends and family sharing a meal, brings us closer…...

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Fall Newsletter 2018

Postcards from St. John’s As the warm weather starts to change and autumn begins to take hold, I have been reflecting on my summer. My girls were out of school and we had a great trip to the beach. Spending time relaxing with friends, family and loved ones is rejuvenating.…...

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Tony and Alex’s Beach Vacation

By Jodi Albright, SJCS Program Coordinator Last week, Tony and Alex, with the support of St. John’s Staff Oji and Jodi (that’s me,) took a refreshing vacation to Rehoboth Beach! Rehobeth is a few hours from Alex and Tony’s St. John’s supported home in DC. We arrived in the afternoon…...

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A View of St. John’s Children’s Home

Pat Gieger and her sister spent five years in the St. John’s Children’s Home in the 1920’s after their parents divorced. In 1966, she wrote some of her memories from that time. Below are excerpts related to her time at the home. For more information about Pat and to read…...

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Tonio’s Talks: Meet Hawanatu Kamara

Hawanatu Kamara is an Administrative Assistant in the DC office. In her role, she helps everyone stay organized. She has been happily employed by St. John’s for the past two years, after finding the position through the suggestion of a friend. Hawanatu’s easy-going personality, confidence, and intelligence are a great…...

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Spotlight on Art Options

A few weeks before Christmas, when I had just started at St. John’s, our Art Options program was promoting pet portraits. A portrait of our dog was the perfect gift for my significant other! My kids had always wanted a puppy, and Jameson was rescued right before Christmas in 2016.…...

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Commission a Pet Portrait!

Back by popular demand: Commissioned Pet Portraits! Do you love your furry friend? Do wish you had a one-of-a-kind way to commemorate your friendship? Look no further! You can commission your pet portrait with an Art Options Artist. Commissioned pet art also makes the purrfect holiday gift for any pet-lover…...

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Working with Partners at the Intersection of Customized Employment and Poverty

SJCS-PA is working with partners to address the complex issues at the intersection of disability, poverty, and unemployment in less traditional ways. Customized Employment and Guided Group Discovery provide a starting point for people to think about employment. Rather than a traditional approach, which asks “Do you have work for…...

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