One of our core services is Information and Referral so we maintain close relationships with many organizations throughout Lancaster and Lebanon.  Some of these partners, include:

Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources and the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area partner network is your “no wrong door” to long-term services and supports information for persons over age 60; persons with a disability; veterans; family members and care givers.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living.

The Link office is located at the Disability Empowerment Center at 941 Wheatland Avenue – Suite 201, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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A Week Away

The mission of A Week Away is to finance and coordinate vacations for individuals and their loved ones who are dealing with a life threatening illness so that they might find much needed peace while fighting their disease.

A Week Away is also located at the Disability Empowerment Center at 941 Wheatland Avenue – Suite 201, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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Leadership Lancaster

Leadership Lancaster’s purpose is to identify existing and emerging leaders, to prepare them for roles in shaping the future and to entrust them to guide the county in the years ahead.  Every day, graduates of Leadership Lancaster make a difference in our community.

Leadership Lancaster has a DEC Scholarship for their program for: persons with a disability or persons who serve others with disabilities; have successfully completed the requirements of the Leadership Lancaster Core Application; live and/or work in Lancaster County at the time of application to Leadership Lancaster; have been accepted into the Leadership Lancaster class by the selection committee; and demonstrate a commitment to continued community service.

For more information or to apply, click here to visit Leadership Lancaster’s webpage.

Lancaster County Community Foundation

At the Lancaster County Community Foundation, we help people who love Lancaster County invest in the future of our community. Since 1924 we’ve been helping people establish permanent funds for the causes they care about and making grant investments to organizations that create a stronger and more vibrant quality of life for all of us.

DEC Executive Director, Melissa Hawkins, was a part of the Community Foundation’s Ah-Ha Conversations, “Our Identities Unedited” in October 2014.  Read more by clicking here.

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National Council for Independent Living

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Pennsylvania Council for Independent Living

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Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council

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Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations

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Lancaster County Area Agency for Aging

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PA IEB Program

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PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

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