Wolf Administration Tours State-Funded Supported Living and Employment Center for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Honesdale, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin toured the Human Resources Center’s (HRC’s) renovated supported living and employment facility for individuals with disabilities in Honesdale, Wayne County. Supported through DCED’s Neighborhood Assistance Program, the center provides adult day programming, community integrated employment, supported living and small business employment programs.
“The services offered by HRC are so crucial not just for the individuals it serves, but for the community as a whole,” Secretary Davin said. “When we empower everyone to achieve their full potential – no matter their disability status – we’re boosting the whole community and making Pennsylvania a better place to live.”
HRC provides residential living options, supported employment, vocational rehabilitation, and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities in the Honesdale area. In December 2017, Governor Wolf announced the approval of tax credit support through the Neighborhood Assistance Program for the renovation of a blighted, vacant property in downtown Honesdale Borough. This renovated facility provides services to approximately 30 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“Through the assistance of the NAP program, the Human Resources Foundation (HRF), was able to revitalize this blighted property to provide essential programs services for individuals with intellectual disabilities such as Community Participation Support and Pre-Employment services,” said Jennifer Spitler, director of HRF, a supporting nonprofit organization of the Human Resources Center. “While HRC has been a part of the Greater Honesdale community for more than 45 years, this will be the first time in which the organization will have a permanent location in the downtown area.”
“Work is important to all of us. For many of us, work brings opportunities to make friends, spend money the way we want, and have more independence,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “Many individuals with disabilities want to work, but face barriers to employment. The HRC can help reduce some of these barriers and work towards ensuring each individual has the opportunity for an everyday life.”
HRC’s services align with Governor Wolf’s Employment First policy that he established by executive order in March 2016 to increase competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In June of last year, the governor signed a bill that codified the Employment First policy into law.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132