Erie Homes for Children and Adults
Enters Its 100th Year of Service
Erie Homes for Children and Adults, or EHCA, the local nonprofit agency which serves people with disabilities in residential and community-based programming in four local counties kicks off 2012 with a big announcement: it’s their 100th anniversary year! Founded in 1912 as a temporary home for abandoned or sick babies, they have evolved into a multi-program agency helping people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities to live rich and fulfilling lives.
To commemorate their 100th anniversary, many events are planned and projects are underway:
-A cocktail party kicks off the celebratory year on Thursday, January 19, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ambassador Center
-A 100th anniversary commemorative book is on sale
-Let’s Go Fly a Kite is a new event scheduled for May 22
-Annual Dinner will be held on September 26, to commemorate the exact founding date 100 years ago
-Residents and program participants are busy creating personal quilting projects to tell their individual stories – as a collection of the agency story – and those quilts will be on exhibit in December 2012
From its humble beginnings, EHCA has prospered into the agency it is today; yet, the basic premise remains true.
“Like the women who founded the organization, we’re still trying to help people become more independent and to have a better quality of life,” Executive Director Paul Carpenedo observes. “We have gone from providing services to supporting people. It’s about giving them their dignity.”
He says, “We are excited to embark on this milestone and can appreciate the wisdom and experience we have achieved over the past century. Turning 100 is a proud moment in our agency’s history.”
Visit our 100th anniversary page and check back often for updates!