Free Thanksgiving Dinners

PA211 has compiled a list of FREE Thanksgiving meals throughout PA. Visit their list here and sort by your location to find one near you, or dial 211 on your phone for assistance.

Extraordinary Give 2018!

This November 16th go the EXTRA mile for the Disability Empowerment Center. For 24 hours, you can give extra to support the Disability Empowerment Center! Donate online and your gift will be stretched by the #ExtraGive pool of a half million dollars! Because when we give extra, extraordinary things happen! DONATE HERE ON 11/16

You’re Invited: DEC the Halls and Silent Auction!

YOU ARE INVITED! TO OUR ANNUAL DEC THE HALLS EVENT! This year’s DEC the Halls will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  We’ll have food and drinks, music and dancing and our ever-growing Silent Auction. Please note the new location! Emerald Foundation, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster PA 17601 (MAP) To RSVP, email Katrina at or … Read More

PA Veterans Registry

Veterans Registry Logo with Pennsylvania Keystone made out of a flag

The PA VETERANS REGISTRY is an online application that allows veterans, family members and veteran advocates to connect with the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services they have earned. By connecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive the weekly DMVA DIGEST, filled with valuable … Read More

Medicare Open Enrollment

Fall has arrived and soon the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period will also be here again. It begins October 15 and ends December 7. That is the time period when you have the opportunity to choose between original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan. If you do not know about Medicare Advantage Plans, then this is the time to learn what … Read More

DEC is seeking applicants for our Service Coordinator Supervisor Position

The Disability Empowerment Center is looking for a Service Coordination Supervisor. The position provides service coordination to participants on Office of Long Term Living waivers in 9 counties. In addition to service coordination, this position requires supervising other service coordinator(s). Preference is for a Master’s Degree, preferably an MSW: will consider BSW working towards Master’s Degree, and 3 years’ experience. … Read More

Congrats to Janet Parker!


Congratulations to Janet Parker for receiving a Professional Development Scholarship from the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center to attend the Deaf Anti-Violence Commission’s 2018 Conference.

DEC is hiring a Transition Coordinator

DEC is currently hiring for a Transition Coordinator.  If you would like more information or would like to submit an application, please contact Melissa Hawkins at

10 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Cards

old versus new medicare cards

Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards starting in April 2018. Here are 10 things to know about your new Medicare card: Mailing takes time: Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s. Destroy your old Medicare card: Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card … Read More