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 DHS News August 2013     

Thanks to the Pirates, Many DHS-served Consumers Can Cheer on Their Buccos   

A donation by the Pittsburgh Pirates of more than 1,500 tickets to DHS Offices and Programs is spreading the joy and pride in the team’s long-awaited winning season, as well as the city, to consumers.

The tickets, designated for specific DHS events and programs, have been distributed to clients of the Area Agency on Aging, Office of Intellectual Disability, the Independent Living Initiative, ACTION Housing Homeless Shelters, Systems Improvement Through Youth (S.I.T.Y.), the Office of Behavioral Health and more.

Joe Barker, Bureau Chief for DHS’s Area Agency on Aging, said older adults at AAA’s Senior Centers have been exuberant about getting the tickets. Not only were some of them able to visit PNC Park for the first time because of the donations, the game trips became an event that included dinner and AAA-provided transportation.

Clients emailed and phoned Joe to express their appreciation.

“It is very moving to me,” Joe said. “It’s someone thinking about them. They feel special. It’s their beloved Pirates. They are so proud of Pittsburgh.”

Joe said while AAA has received tickets in the past, the Pirates have been especially generous this year.


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