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Holiday Stress, Who needs it?

Do you get stressed-out around the holidays? The shopping and crowds, the back-to-back diet-busting parties. The exhausting chats with the in-laws and extended families. We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year. There is an actual diagnosis called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.  SAD [...]

By | December 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who are you really helping?

I grew up with an aunt who is a person with a disability. She is beautiful and wonderful and when I was little I couldn’t spend enough time with her. In her mind she is about 9 years old. To a 9 year old this is amazing. We played dolls and dress up. We spent [...]

By | December 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Who are you really helping?

What are you thankful for?

November 22nd is Thanksgiving day.  It's a day when each of us can reflect on all of the reasons we have to be thankful. I am thankful for my husband, children and grandchildren. They are my joy. I am thankful for my siblings and their families. It is a wonderful feeling being part of a [...]

By | November 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

(Don’t) Be a steady Yeti.

My family loves movies. I mean, REALLY loves movies. My husband’s first job was at Blockbuster Video, my daughters first and only job has been at the local movie theatre, my husband and I ran a Charity Cosplay group and our collection is almost 500 movies big. As I said, we really love movies. We [...]

By | November 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Acing the Job interview

When I was young and looking for my first job, I remember going to an interview at a local video store. I had practiced the traditional interview questions and dressed up nice. As I walked in to the interview the Employer asked me how I was doing and though I was extremely nervous I said [...]

By | October 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Those who suffer in silence.

We take for granted the things we know, our supports, our resources, our supplies and our suppliers. We think that if we know about them then everyone else must know about them. Surely those who need what we have know, right? After all, we found out about them. Or perhaps we don’t think that at [...]

By | October 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. To promote employment of people with disabilities PILR coordinates Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) in Hutch and Pratt.  This is an internationally recognized program where people with disabilities/mentees are matched with an employer/mentor for a day of career exploration.  PILR has focused on our youth with disabilities.  High school students [...]

By | October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The beauty of inclusion

Picture this; You walk into a room and realize you don't know anyone. You look around for a familiar face and start to get a bit nervous. You are in a new environment, dealing with a new situation and you’re all alone. You take a deep breath to steady yourself and continue to look around, [...]

By | September 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Roger Remembered

PILR staff Remembers Roger Chris Owens, Executive Director: Roger believed that everyone has the right to live, love, work and play in the community of our choice, and to that end was quite outspoken.  Roger's passion was working with our youth with disabilities.  He wanted them to be proud of being a person with a [...]

By | August 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You Can’t Go Back

You can’t go back! “We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.”     -George Washington There are about a million clichés an quotes about not being able to go back in time, but, there are still people always want [...]

By | August 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments