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DHS News October 2010

pdf.gif October 2010 DHS Newsletter 

DHS reaches out to those with limited English proficiency
DHS is committed to providing high quality services that are culturally competent, accessible and demonstrate respect for individuals, their goals and preferences. To help ensure these principles, the Department has been working on a series of efforts to help better reach members of the community with limited English proficiency (LEP).

KEYS program representative selected to attend roundtable discussion 
As apart of the annual Pennsylvania AmeriCorps launch, KEYS (Knowledge to Empower Youths to Success) Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program run out of the DHS Office of Community Services, was selected as one of 12 state programs to attend a special roundtable discussion with John Gomperts, Director of AmeriCorps, and Karen Kaskey, Executive Director of PennSERVE.

University of Pittsburgh graduate students collaborate for CYF family visitation room donation 
As part of the Family Visitation Room Project, which was initiated by the CYF Advisory Board, students in the Applied Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Pittsburgh used their combined expertise in child development to create activity kits for all five regional DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) family visitation rooms this October.

DHS participates in Dignity and Respect campaign through variety of events 
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato proclaimed October 2010 as Dignity and Respect Month in Allegheny County in support of the Dignity and Respect Campaign created in 2008 by UPMC’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Candi Castleberry-Singleton. Since its inception, the campaign has grown to have nearly 30,000 pledges from individuals vowing to support diversity and inclusion.

Dollar Energy Fund now accepting applications 
DHS is now accepting Dollar Energy Fund applications from individuals and families who need assistance with paying their heating bills. Applications are being accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Human Service Building, One Smithfield Street.

New on the DHS Website 
Since April 2010, the DHS website has been enhanced with new features, pages and sections. Some of the enhancements may be of use primarily for those who utilize DHS services while others may be of interest to DHS staff. Still others are directed to DHS-contracted providers. Each is intended to make the DHS website more useful and user-friendly.

DARE staff member recognized in “40 Under 40” list

We welcome your story ideas, employee news and comments. If you’ve got news you’d like to see in DHS NEWS, contact:

Jonathan McKain
Senior Communications Specialist
Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services
Office of Community Relations