Sgt. David Jordan knows how hard it is for soldiers to be separated from their children and families, especially during the holidays. Safely home after two tours in Iraq, Sgt. Jordan learned about our Student Council’s interest in community service projects from his sister who works at Pace. He was only too happy to help get packages of handmade ornaments and hot chocolate mix to his brothers in arms still on duty.
Sgt. Jordan connected Pace with Sgt. Joseph T. Duncan and project “Any Soldier” to get the parcels to soldiers in Afghanistan. According to Sgt. Duncan, “Getting packages with anything – letters, food, clothes make their day!” He says it is very harsh over there during this time. Some have new born babies and others have families and pets that they have to leave with others and not see sometimes a year or more. They have only their brothers (other soldiers) to spend time with.
The students are learning that whatever their personal challenges, helping other people can make them feel good about themselves. Plans are already underway to have Council members visit residents of a senior care center in the coming months.
This past weekend the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Pi from Miami University in Ohio helped Pace in their annual Race for Pace 5K outside Pittsburgh. In an effort to give back to the community while on a professional networking event, our brother’s rallied behind the brief but extraordinary knowledge we had about the mission of Pace. Throughout the morning our chapter learned from the school about the tremendous impact and presence this institution has within the Pittsburgh community. »Read More
Each and every day, the classroom teams and mental health professionals at Pace transform lives. Sometimes the changes are large, but more often they are small changes that over time create amazing success.
As a recent consultant to our Partial Hospitalization Program recently observed “you don’t have any easy cases.” The challenges our children face are complex and on-going. That staff are able to stand by them day after day providing caring structure and effective practices is nothing short of amazing. »Read More