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Skills of Central Pennsylvania and
Penn State Lady Lions Basketball!

What a wonderful combination.

Skills recently became a sponsor of Lady Lion home basketball games.  The sponsorship has provided an opportunity for individuals that we serve to attend a game, participate in pre-game activities on the court with the team, and to be recognized on the court at half-time.

If you get a chance to attend a game you will hear the following announcement:

Fans, let’s welcome our Skills Player of the Game, to today’s game, presented by Skills of Central Pennsylvania. Our lucky Skills Player of the Game played a vital role in today’s Lady Lion Basketball warm-up by lending a helping hand with the ball cart, all while cheering on our players courtside. Skills of Central Pennsylvania is committed to creating opportunities, providing choice and support, and promoting recovery to enhance all aspects of people’s lives. Let’s give our Skills Player of the Game a round of applause for their contribution to the community and our Lady Lions!

Come out and support Lady Lion Basketball and Skills of Central Pennsylvania at a fun filled day of sport and awareness!

Two of the individuals we serve at the game, Tom Lucas and Ryan Tkach!

Tom  Lucas and Ryan Tkach

Skills Foundation Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! The Foundation has three fun and exciting events scheduled for 2015. We would love to see you there!

Friday, April 10th: Trivia Night at the Lakemont Park Casino in Altoona. There will be a silent auction and test your knowledge with the Trivia contest.

Saturday, May 16th: Discovery Garden Plant sale. This event is held yearly with proceeds benefitting the Discovery Garden in Hollidaysburg.

Monday, July 13th: 10th Annual E.F. “Pat” Houser Golf Tournament at Toftrees. As this is the 10th anniversary of the golf tournament you will not want to miss the activities being planned.

Stay tuned for details on these events and others being planned.

Memoirs to Recovery Calendar

Six Word Memoirs:

Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a novel in only six words. His response was:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

With this response, six word memoirs were born. In a six word memoir, people try to tell their life story in six words. In just six words, people can often cope with issues they've been having, express their feelings about things that they never could before, and later remind themselves of how they were feeling at that point in time. This creative outlet created by Hemingway has completely changed our outlook on writing and reinforces the idea that sometimes, less is more.

Why use Six Word Memoirs

Some people who are referred for psychiatric rehabilitation services are not engaged with service providers, struggle to come up with personally meaningful goals, and have difficulty articulating their values, interests, and preferences. Six-word memoirs, is one way to begin a recovery conversation. Exploring where a person has been (what his/her life has been like so far) can set the stage for conversations about the future (where s/he is going from here).

The Philipsburg Psychiatric Rehabilitation program used the Six Word Memoirs concept with their individuals, resulting in the printing of a 2015 Six Word Memoirs Calendar.

Please support this project by purchasing a calendar. The cost is $10.00 each, with all proceeds used to purchase additional resource materials. Please contact Sara Mays at (814) 342-9800 ext. 105 or email her at

Thank you for your support!