Summer programs on hiatus for Zelienople agency

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Some popular summer programs for clients of a local nonprofit agency that deals with troubled youth will be on hiatus this year.

Julie Wahlenmayer of the Glade Run Lutheran Services’ Zelienople campus said an ongoing improvement project has resulted in the cancellation of some programs that had been slated for summer. The programs include an agricultural project that involved distribution of locally grown fruits and vegetables known as a Community Supported Agriculture program as well as summer camps for youths who need emotional and behavioral support.

“We’re in the middle of a construction project so we’re not going to be able to do what we usually do this year,” she said.

The Adventures Cooperative CSA program would have been in its fourth year and was stylized as a vocation program that involved about a half-dozen participants being paid to grow and package the food for distribution to about 130 members of the community. More than a half-dozen local farms contributed to the CSA, and clients farmed about an acre of land on the agency’s campus.

The summer camps that will be on hiatus this year were for kids on the autism spectrum, said Ms. Wahlenmayer, who is the Glade Run “director of adventures” in Zelienople. As the director of the adventures program, she oversees Glade Run’s local therapeutic animal program, which involves horses, a miniature donkey and cow, sheep, chickens and a 20-pound Flemish rabbit; therapeutic horticulture involving the operation of a greenhouse; and therapeutic agriculture.

The Glade Run campus includes a residential treatment facility for 95 students with diagnosed emotional and behavioral disabilities; and the St. Stephens Lutheran Academy, a school for about 200 students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, about half of whom do not live on the Glade Run property.

The summer camps would have been in their sixth year this summer and were aimed at special needs children from throughout the community. The camps offered traditional experiences such as arts and crafts, cooking and work with the agency’s horses. About 75 kids are served in the summer camps, Ms. Wahlenmayer said.

The change in schedule at the campus, which was instituted in 1854, is to accommodate an ongoing construction project. A housing community known as Jeremiah Village is being built on 12 acres of the 175-acre campus. The homes are targeted for the families of people with special needs.


Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180.

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