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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
Allegheny Valley School (AVS) is a wonderful organization. My brother has been a resident there for almost 50 years. The hallmark of AVS is their caring staff. They provide exceptional care for children and adults with mental retardation. I would recommend AVS to anyone who is looking for residential services for their loved one.
AVS is a great organization. It fills a need and aids in healing not on its clients but their families. AVS has a caring and dedicated staff that always puts the needs of the clients first. It is a top rate organization.
My brother is a resident at AVS and I don't know what we would do without this wonderful facility!! The staff at AVS are truly part of my brother's family and their love and support means the world to me. I am a member of the Parent organization as a sibling and I always have such great experiences in the various voluneering opportunities. Everytime I visit my brother at the school, I witness the caring staff looking after my brother. I am honored to have this wonderful place so close by that cares for some of the most vulnerable citizens like my brother.
My son was born with a congenital disorder that has caused him to have more than thirty surgeries with an MR/Autistic diagnosis. I will need a residential living situation for him in the future. I found NHS/AVS and was immediately impressed. The staff were warm and welcoming. The facility is outstanding with a beautiful sensory garden, indoor pool facilities, wonderful group homes with loving care-givers, and work programs for the residents to give them independence and pride in their abilities. It is a safe, loving, and nurturing environment that will replace my son's loving home when I am no longer able to care for him in the future. Benjamin is a sweet, kind, loving, young man, and I am confident that at NHS/AVS he will receive the kind of care that gives me hope for him to be as independent, productive, and successful as he can be, in a nurturing and caring environment full of opportunity, dignity, and purpose.