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For a number of years, the Annual Holiday Lunch had been held at Dave & Buster’s at the Waterfront. Although everyone enjoyed the atmosphere, food and games some felt a change would be good. The Activities and Events Committee distributed a survey asking for feedback on what activities persons served would want to do in the upcoming year. One of the recommendations was to find a different venue to hold the annual luncheon. The committee took this into strong consideration, and located the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville.
And what a wonderful celebration it was. Held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, nearly 100 people gathered for an afternoon of feasting, raffle prizes, and entertainment by DJ Wildman Russ.
The afternoon began with mingling as guests arrived. Everyone in attendance received a gift bag with a Subway gift card and holiday chocolates. The Peer Mentor group was present and held two raffles sponsored by OMNI Health and Wellness. They networked with the guests, and talked about the Peer Mentor program at TSI as a part of their outreach service. Later that afternoon, two lucky winners were the recipients of a stocking full of lottery tickets, and candy; as well as Steelers gloves and Penguins socks. Everyone in attendance had their name put into a hat for the plethora of other raffle prizes given away by the committee. After lunch, many people took to the dance floor to work off the calories consumed by the delicious food. It was a very festive and celebratory atmosphere, and those who attended said it was one of the best luncheons they have been to in recent memory.
We are looking forward to next year already and have many good things in the works.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Activities & Events Committee, please contact Jen Mullins at 412-462-1524 x 2156 to find out when the next meeting will be held.
The Annual Summer Picnic was blessed with a beautiful day in the sun. On Thursday, August 28, 2014, approximately 100 people were in attendance at the Four Seasons Resort in Gibsonia, PA. Everyone mingled and enjoyed each other’s company.
The menu included chicken, cheeseburgers, corn, macaroni and cheese and an incredibly delicious broccoli salad which was enjoyed by all. After lunch, the games began. Some people played Bingo, while others played a wide variety of outdoor sports: bean ball toss, table tennis, basketball, football and even some soccer. There were also many different board games, including Uno, chess and cards.
The highlight of games played was volleyball, which people played very competitively against each other. Despite the competitive nature of the game, the score didn’t matter because everybody walked away winners.
The Activities and Events Committee provided gift bags for everyone to take home. They also sponsored a Chinese auction, where everyone in attendance received four tickets to take a chance on a prize of their choice. Prize baskets were full of home items, including an alarm clock, toaster, blanket, various cleaning supplies, camp chairs and insulated coffee mugs.
Another highlight of the Picnic was the rollout of the TSI Peer Mentor Initiative. Six Peer Mentors had the opportunity to meet and mix with their peers to bring awareness to the program and recruit more potential peer mentors. Darah Richardson, OMNI Health & Wellness, donated a Pittsburgh sports prize package which included a Troy Polamalu T-shirt, a $25 Pittsburgh Pirates gift certificate and some scratch-off lottery tickets.
Everyone enjoyed the food, bingo, games and sports, and all of us are already looking forward to next year’s picnic.
On August 6, 2014, the staff of LTP/TSI enjoyed a staff picnic at Highland Park. The picnic was coordinated by the recognition committee members. The Hawaiian-themed event was a huge success! Staff enjoyed playing Family Feud, a friendly game of water balloon toss and board games. And…what’s a great picnic without great food? Food was provided by Remo’s Catering, which was the talk of the day. Thanks to the committee for putting together a great event—and to all the staff who were able to attend.
“Everything was put together in decency and in order. Starting from the greeting to the goodbye. I really enjoyed seeing all of you and having fun. God bless.” - Jenise
“I must say that I really enjoyed myself as well! The food was very good and plentiful. The games were exceptional, and it seemed as though everyone enjoyed themselves. I particularly enjoyed seeing our CEO thoroughly enjoy herself as well! It’s nice to see people let their hair down! Good Job, A & E Committee -- and good job Remo’s!” - Andre
“Just wanted to say thanks to all who were involved for a great picnic!!! The food was excellent and it was great seeing every one.” - Laurie
“I would like to commend the A&E committee and all involved with putting together an AWESOME picnic. Good food, fun and very wet..” - Janet
“Congratulations to the Picnic Committee! It was an awesome day at Highland Park. The food was great! Decorations and tee shirts were very colorful. Thank you for all your hard work!” - MaryKay
“All I can say is wow! You guys (Employee Recognition program committee) were an incredibly gracious group. The large selection of food, drinks and cookies you served was amazing. I loved having the chance to meet a few new people as well as seeing the rest of the employees that I normally don’t have a chance to see all the time (everyone looked fantastic). What fun personalities! Everything was so delicious, and the games were awesome. Thank you for a wonderful picnic and I’m truly looking forward to next year (woohoo).” - Joyce F.
“Thanks! So glad it was an enjoyable! Kudos & High Five to our committee and our wonderful maintenance guys for their help, as usual no function is complete without them!” - Carol
On December 6, 2013, TSI employees gathered at Dave & Buster’s for our Annual Recognition Dinner. Each year, committee members (Alissa Bell, Jessica Burr, Dana Cook, Kewanna Ferguson, Shawn Glass, Carol McReynolds, David Treece, Michelle Welsh and Kelly Wilson) bring an element to the event that makes it more than just a recognition dinner. A game of What’s in Your Wallet (or purse) brought out the competitors in the room. Everyone searching for common items you carry on your person, such as: nail clippers, lotion, brush/comb, just to name a few. In the Mystery Stocking Stuffer game, each table received a stocking stuffed with holiday items that participants had to feel and try to guess. Some of the items were tricky and included a dreidel, candy cane and a Christmas bulb. The table with the most correctly guessed items won individual gift cards to Giant Eagle.
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The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community was held on May 18th at Stage AE, and TSI was well represented among the many local nonprofits who participated in the fundraiser. A really eye-catching booth was busily trafficked during the four-hour event.
Family, friends, staff, board members and interested passersby visited booth #61 to learn a little more about the great work TSI does and to try their chances at two terrific raffle prizes. The raffles would not have been possible if not for the generous contributions of KIDD Mobile Detailing, Macy’s, Red Robin and many other Homestead businesses. Together these businesses provided nearly $1,000 dollars in gift cards, services and products. And, thanks to the great salesmanship of Ellis and his skillful use of sandwich board attire, the raffles brought in an additional $200 for the cause.
Congratulations to raffle winners Debra and John. They won such great prizes that they asked we not use their last names. The walk fundraiser was a great success for the agency, raising $8,175. In total, TSI achieved 119 registered walkers, saw 32 arrive for the event and received monetary contributions from 170 different supporters. Special thanks to all of the businesses we partner with to deliver our services. Our vendors lent significant support contributing $1,575 of the total money raised.
This walk would not have been such a fantastic success if not for all of YOU. If you did not join us this year, we understand, but are hopeful you will walk with us next year.
In November, Jen Mullins (left) and Yvette Stearns (lower right) successfully completed the five-day instructor certification course on Mental Health First Aid, equipping them with the knowledge to train others in these specialized skills. Mental Health First Aid is designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. With this accomplishment, Jen and Yvette will begin training our employees.
“Wellness and first aid to another should
not focus solely upon the body.”
They can also bring this vital information to all our stakeholders and interested members in the community. If you are interested in learning about Mental Health First Aid and/or would like to seek training for yourself or your community, contact us.
For more information about Mental Health First Aid, visit the following website: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview