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Strickler Express March & April 2009

By April 29, 2009December 29th, 2020Newsletter

Business Of The Month: Developmental & Disability Service of Lebanon

The goal of Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley is to provide children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities in Lebanon County quality training and education programs and service so that individuals can become as independent as possible.  We believe that through greater independence, individuals achieve a healthy happier life.

DDS services can be broken into three categories: children’s services, adult services and community services.

Children Services: DDS provides developmental, speech, physical and occupational therapies for children between the ages of birth to age three.  DDS serves another 25 plus preschool students in an integrated classroom that serves both children with and without disabilities. In the summer of 2007, DDS introduced the Summer Stars Day Camp which provided an opportunity for school age children with special needs to attend day camp.  This spring, DDS partnered with Easter Seals to bring recreational programs to school age children.

Adult Services: DDS provides job training services to more than 45 adults.  Job coaches help adults with Mental Health/Mental Retardation diagnosis find and maintain employment in the community.  As such, they earn real wages for real work and are able to live more independently. Several years ago, DDS introduced the Brave Art Studio, which is a group of artists who meet weekly to do collaborative art.

Community Services: DDS administers the Elks Home Service Nurse program in which DDS provides consultation services to persons with disabilities in Lebanon and Berks Counties. Accessible Communities Today is an advocacy group that meets monthly to offer solutions for persons with disabilities in every day life issues.

DDS programs and services have impacted hundreds of lives.  They attribute much of their success to the wonderful community and businesses that support their efforts.

February Client Of The Month

Our agency is nothing without your loyalty and faith in us. Even if your name doesn’t appear below this month, please accept my heartfelt “thanks” for your support.  I truly appreciate it. For outstanding work telling others about our agency, this month we honor Gene Kreitzer as our Referral Client of the Month! Gene received a $50 Dinner Gift Certificate. Thanks for your continued business! (Who’s next?  Hint… it could be you!)

Patrick Freer Jr., VP, awarding Gene his $50 Gift Certificate.

Tips From Your #1 Protection Team

by Becky

You may have seen the catchy jingled commercials on your TV for Safe Auto Insurance Company. They boast about the fact that their customers get minimum coverage required by the state of Pennsylvania for less. The state minimum is only $15,000 for bodily injury and $5,000 for property damage! This saying, you don’t want to be in an accident when the responsible party has a Safe Auto Insurance policy. It truly is very minimal coverage. It is almost as bad as being hit by someone without insurance. It’s easy to reach $5,000 in damages to your car and the balance will have to be paid by the responsible party. You can see the inherent problems with that claim.

If you know of anyone that has Safe Auto insurance, have them call 273-2641 and talk to Denise or I. We can get them much better coverage for the same or less!

Recipe Of The Month

Chicken Barbecue Quesadillas

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion (optional)
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 6 to 8 ounces grated Monterey Jack cheese

Heat the chicken, BBW sauce, and onion together in a small saucepan until warmed through. Meanwhile, have your kids use 2 1/2 and/or 3-inch cookie cutters to cut the tortillas into pairs of matching shapes (ideally, you’ll end up with 12 to 16 pairs). Place one of each pair of shapes on your work surface and sprinkle cheese on them. Add a tablespoon of the chicken mixture and a little more cheese, then top with the matching tortilla shapes.

Right before serving, place the assembled tortillas, a few at a time, on a warmed griddle and cook over moderate heat for 2 minutes on each side. As you cook them, transfer the tortillas to a baking sheet kept in a warm oven until the whole batch is done. Serve at once. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

 Community Corner

“Go Red for Women” – American Heart Assoc.

The Lebanon Division of Go Red for Women has announced details of the fashion show that will be part of their annual luncheon on April 19, 2009 at the Lantern Lodge Convention Center in Myerstown.  Several leading area fashion retailers are graciously providing the hottest clothing and accessories for teens and women.

Three brave women will be giving “stories from the heart”, testimonials about their personal experience with heart disease.  These local women will give firsthand knowledge of the unique way they realized that they had cardiovascular disease, and what steps they took to overcome it.

This movement was founded by the American Heart Association to help women to fight back against cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of American women.  Go Red encourages women to see their doctor regularly, exercise, eat a healthy diet and quit smoking to decrease the risk of developing heart disease.  The luncheon is an opportunity for women to gather together to lend their support to this movement, their community, and each other.  The event raises funds to promote education about heart disease in Lebanon County.

For more information on the Go Red for Women luncheon, please contact Kathy Andrews, American Heart Association, Lebanon Division Director, at 273-0463 or

Lebanon County Christian Ministries

Steak Night at Hoss’s! Yes, that’s right. Lebanon County Christian Ministries is featuring a special big night out fund raiser at Hoss’s Steak House in Annville.  If you like steak and would like to try Hoss’s Steak House, April 23rd is the night for you.  Hoss’s will donate 20% of the entire check to LCCM on that day.  For LCCM to receive the donation, you must present a special coupon at that time. You can obtain the coupon at LCCM’s office located at 250 S 7th Street Lebanon. Give them a call, 717-272-4400, or stop by and pick one up today.  Why not help out a great cause while having a great meal!