Allegheny Valley School

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 1996 Ewings Mill Road Coraopolis PA 151083380 USA

Mission: The mission of Allegheny Valley School is to provide quality programs and facilities to help the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities entrusted to our care to live with purpose and dignity, and to provide opportunities and choices for our clients to grow and function at their full potential as independently as possible.
Target demographics: Disabled, General or Disability UnspecifiedMentally/Emotionally DisabledPhysically Disabled nec
Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania - Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Butler, Dauphin, Lebanon, Mercer, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My sister has been a resident at NHS Allegheny Valley School since 1992. She receives simply exceptional care. Every member of staff is extraordinary and does a tremendous job of providing a nurturing environment that offers her the opportunity to grow and function at her fullest potential.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son has been a resident of NHS AVS for almost 30 years, and we could not be more pleased with his care. The staff has always shown kindness and compassion in working with Tommy, and his happiness in being there is testimony to their efforts. I also serve on the Human Rights Committee, and visit one AVS facility almost daily,so I have the opportunity to see AVS from many angles, and it an outstanding organization in every respect.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Even though I have a disability doesn’t mean I can’t have independence in my life. It’s hard for me to do a lot of things on my own which means I can’t live in an apartment like other people with disabilities can. So I live in a group home which is called NHS Allegheny Valley School to help me be more independent. I have learned to do more things than where I used to live like sorting my own laundry into laundry baskets. And put them in the washer and dryer on my own. I have learned to pack my own lunch put my lunch in the fridge, and put it into my lunch box. I have learned to do household chores where I live now. I have learned how to make my own bed in the morning. I also learned how to do my own hair in the morning. I really enjoy having these goal plans to help me become more independent. I have learned to pick out my own clothes the night before for the next day so that I can get dressed in the morning. I have learned to unload the dishwasher for the next meal and learned how to put everything away where it belongs. And I also learned how to put my stuff in the dishwasher after breakfast. I have been going to the grocery store on Wednesdays near where I live and help get groceries for my house. I have been going swimming some months at Main Campus with my friends to help get my legs stronger. I actually was able to walk at the park with my crutches to help get my legs stronger. I am happy at NHS Allegheny Valley School. I am learning a lot and becoming more independent.

Megan – NHS/AVS consumer – excerpts from an essay she wrote about what she’s learned in the time she’s lived at an NHS/AVS home and participated in an NHS/AVS day program.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My sister has been a resident of NHS Allegheny Valley School since July of 1983. She has always been treated with respect and shown kindness, care and patience by both staff and administration. It is the best thing that ever happened to her, and although it took a few years, she now calls it home.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been an AVS resident for many years and has always received excellent care. I have always appreciated the timely and accurate communication from the staff and I know my daughter could not be in better hands. In a word or two, AVS' services and concerns are outstanding!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our organization hosts the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, a 10 day event each July that includes vintage racing through city streets. AVS has worked alongside us for 30 consecutive years to supply volunteers and to help stage the event. We donate the proceeds to AVS and could not be more pleased with the relationship. The professionalism of their staff is top notch and the organization is a model for its peers nationwide. We know that our donation is well appreciated and is put to good use. Many of our sponsors and volunteers have visited the AVS facilities and we have even gotten the chance to form relationships with several of their clients - it is a life changing experience!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been a resident of NHS Allegheny Valley School for over 20 years. It is his home and they are also like family. We are so grateful for the care he and the other residents receive. Being on the Human Rights Committee as a community member and parent, I can't stress enough how each individual is valued. The staff are so loving and involve the residents in so many activities in the community. Also the programming is suited to each individuals needs and capabilities. The administration surpasses anything I've experienced in its longevity and direct involvement with the residents. With that said, NHS AlleghenyValley School is the most fantastic ICFMR and has surpassed any of my expectations for an alternative living facility for my son!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Allegheny Valley School is an exceptional organization. Our son has been a client for over 20 years and has received consistent, high-quality care during that time. The organization has a tremendous network of volunteers and supporters that keep it functioning at a very high level. As an CPA auditor I have worked with other group home providers in Western Pennsylvania, but have yet to find one with the positive qualities of Allegheny Valley School. Even with the necessary changes time brings, AVS has remained solid and caring at all levels. Just can't say enough.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work for a company that delivers holiday gifts to the residents at Allegheny Valley School as part of its yearly charitable endeavors. When we deliver the gifts, it is a joy to see the dedication and compassion of the caregivers in action. They are one committed group of people who love what they do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our motorcycle club (The Sunset Riders) have been conducting a charity ride with AVS for nearly 20 years. The staff and the clients have always been a pleasure to work with. The staff volunteer many hours of their free time to assist with the event and are always happy and cheerful - even though they are giving up a Saturday! Everyone there always works hard to help us make the event a success. We applaud both their mission and the professionalism of the staff. Thank you AVS! Dave Gilliss, President, Sunset Riders MC

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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