DEC the Halls 2015

We had a wonderful DEC the Halls luncheon and Silent Auction this year!  Thank you to everyone who attended and most especially, thank you to everyone who donated and helped out! As you’ll notice, the amazing decorations and decor were put together by our own decorating genius, Jesus Domena. And thank you to PhotOle Photography for the beautiful pictures! [soliloquy … Read More

Lancaster County organizations serving free Thanksgiving meals

picture of turkey dinner

From Lancaster Newspapers Here are the organizations that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner before or after Thanksgiving Day. First Baptist Church of Lancaster 612 N. Duke St., Lancaster; Phone: 717-392-8818; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Gap Community Church 835 Houston Run Drive, Gap; Phone:  717-442-8549; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Meal is intended for Gap area/Pequea Valley … Read More

PASILC Public Forums 2015

“The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC), in partnership with the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is providing opportunities to hear directly from you about what your life experiences are as Pennsylvanians with disabilities. The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) uses money from the federal government to address independent living needs of … Read More

The 2015 Extraordinary Give

Support the Disability Empowerment Center this November 20th with the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. Any donation made online at on that day will be stretched by $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors. Plus, there are $50,000 in prizes DEC can win instantly from your donation! Mark your calendars, tell your friends, … Read More

DEC Sucess: Tomeka Conway

Each month we take a moment to highlight a DEC Consumer, their experience with our Center and our staff, and their Success.  This month we spoke with Tomeka Conway. After calling another Center that said they wouldn’t help me, I called DEC and spoke with Barb Feaser. My family’s home had burned down and I was homeless at the time, … Read More

Your Vote…Your Voice

November 5th is Election Day in Pennsylvania and we want everyone to get out and vote! If you’re not registered to vote, hurry up and register because the deadline is October 5th.  For more information about registering to vote, click this link, or you can contact the Disability Empowerment Center and we’ll assist you. Not sure if you’re registered to … Read More

Support DEC with Friends Helping Friends

Before or on October 20th, buy a Friends Helping Friends $5 pass from the Disability Empowerment Center and you’ll: receive a 25% discount shopping pass for purchases made on 10/20 at all Boscov’s locations (not valid online) support DEC with your $5 donation (yep, that’s right, DEC gets to keep the entire $5 to help support our mission) and…you’ll be … Read More

DEC’s New Lunch and Learn Program

Lunch and Learn Schedule   Wednesday, February 10, 2016 “Career Link” a presentation about the center and how it assists people with disabilities, presented by Hoyt Craver of the PA Career Link “Be sure to Vote!” An overview of the election and voting process, specifically for those with disabilities by Shelley Castetter   Wednesday, March 2, 2016 “Feeling Safe – Being Safe” an … Read More

Affordable Housing Availability September 2015

Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic has affordable housing available in Lancaster County, including: EAST KING STREET APARTMENTS – General Occupancy 2 Bedroom Apartment – (301 East King St.) – $722 per month 2 Bedroom Apartment – (3 North Shippen St.) – $722 per month 2 Bedroom Apartment – (315 East King St.) – $722 per month Heat, Water, Sewer and Trash … Read More

Young and Empowered Wrap-Up

We just recently wrapped up our first ever Young and Empowered program (you’ll remember that Y&E is our youth transition summer program) and our first year was a great one! I liked coming here for the Transition class. I have learned many skills that will help me when I am living on my own. My favorite was the Job readiness … Read More