Gloria Vazquez Merrick, Latino Hispanic American Community Center Exec. Dir., tells host Jill Horner about the many programs and services the center has in place to sustain and empower Latino individuals and families in the Greater Harrisburg Area, including helping Hurricane Maria victims in and from Puerto Rico. www.lhacc.org
Helping ease insecurities about lack of food and shelter in turn helps kids be more open to learning and succeeding in the classroom. Ryan Riley, Pres. and State Dir., Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, talks to host Jill Horner about pairing professionals with students and families, and how the community can help. www.cisofpa.org
W. Russell McDaid, Pres. and CEO, PA Health Care Association, tells host Jill Horner that his organization tries to educate about the challenges of long-term care and that government funding for nursing care is underfunded. www.phca.org
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse tells host Jill Horner how the City of Harrisburg is seeing a dramatic financial turnaround after being on the brink of bankruptcy, describes some of the projects for downtown and beyond and a surplus fund for infrastructure. www.harrisburgpa.gov
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania has been spending nearly 100 years providing various services, training and employment opportunities for the visually impaired. Director of Development & Public Relations Paul Zavinsky talks with host Jill Horner about the many ways funds are raised to provide for the visually impaired and prevention programs such as screenings for school kids. www.vrocp.org
Host Jill Horner talks with Safronia Perry, Exec. Dir., Hope Station, about what it means to be a neighborhood-based group that has just about every type of program necessary to meet a child’s needs, from getting out of the rain to homework and recreation to nutritional and training for adults and volunteers. www.hopestationcarlisle.org
According to an internal audit, more than 57,000 veterans have not been scheduled for an initial appointment with the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) discusses this delay in healthcare access for our returning servicemen and women. Visit Rep. Runyan on the web at www.Runyan.house.gov
According to the International Labor Organization, 27 million people are involved in human trafficking. Laurel Bellows of the American Bar Association's Human Trafficking Task Force addresses this growing trend. To learn more, visit the American Bar Association on the web at www.ambar.org/trafficking
More than 20 million Americans cope with vision loss, and that number is growing due to baby boomers reaching retirement age and beyond and higher survival rates for premature babies, many with multiple disabilities. Paul Schroeder of American Foundation for the Blind discusses efforts to be sure that technology is accessible to this population.
Schroeder stated, "Vision loss...can be very tough and it is difficult for people to adjust to. Most people lose their site... as they are aging."
Visit American Foundation for the Blind at www.AFB.org.
Helping to raise the next generation of leaders. Ryan Manion, President of the Travis Manion Foundation, discusses a program that is partnering young people with the military community to develop strong core values.
Manion stated, "Our veteran community and our military community as a whole are a shining examples of leadership and character."
Visit the Travis Manion Foundation on the web at www.TravisManion.org or www.Facebook.com/TravisManionFoundation or follow on twitter at www.twitter.com/TMFoundation.