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Our September Nonprofit of the Month: Puget Sound Regional Services

Wednesday, September 6, 2017by  Sharlyn Petit

Puget Sound Regional ServicesFor more than 30 years, Puget Sound Regional Services (PSRS) has been helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities to lead fulfilled, empowered lives in their own homes in the community.

Currently, PSRS provides supported living for 65 people in 35 homes across King County and continues to expand their programs to serve more in our region.

PEMCO employees from across all of our locations voted to support Puget Sound Regional Services as our Nonprofit of the Month for September. Product Development Manager John C. nominated and championed the organization and serves on the organization's board.

John writes:

I joined the PSRS board because I was looking for an opportunity to contribute to the community I live in. I continue to serve on the board because I see firsthand the significant and meaningful impact PSRS has on the people they serve. It would be exhausting to list all of the functions and responsibilities PSRS staff provide on a 24/7 basis and the extensive training required to meet their mission. Instead, I'll share a story about one of the people PSRS supports.

Richard was born deaf and became blind as a young child. He lived in an institution where he was never taught how to communicate or understand others. This made Richard frustrated and helpless. It created barriers to connecting with those around him…until PSRS found Richard and forever changed his life.

Staff trained in tactile sign (receiver's hands are placed upon the back of the hands of the signer to read the signs through touch and movement) taught Richard how to communicate his needs, and exposed him to experiences like swimming, horseback riding, downhill skiing, and dining at restaurants. He worked at Safeway stocking shelves with 1:1 support for 14 years. He has built relationships. Without PSRS, Richard would have remained isolated and withdrawn. With PSRS support, Richard lives in his own home, has roommates and a chance to have a self-directed life.

Richard's story is similar to many others at PSRS. Thanks for joining me in support and appreciation of a great organization doing meaningful work.

PSRS gratefully welcomes community support through volunteering and donations. Here's how you can help.  

We're proud to support local organizations like PSRS that work to improve the quality of life in our Northwest communities.

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Comments on this post

personSharon Moynihan09/21/2017 01:02 PM
I want to thank you so much for your support of PSRS.  Our son is a client there.  PSRS has been so faithful in their support of him.  Without their support, I'm not sure what we or our son would be doing right now. 

I'm sure you're aware that their care providers are paid a very low wage for the work they do because of all of the state budget cuts in recent years and yet the care that our son has been given is still at a high level.  They have such dedicated care givers!

With this last state budget they've received an increase in pay although they are still below what they should be paid for their skill level and the quality of their care.  So when I heard you were helping them out financially, I had to write and thank you.  I hope you'll pass on my thanks to all the people involved.

Sharon Moynihan
personBarbara Ross09/17/2017 05:29 PM
We have been PEMCO insurance customers for about 50 years and I want to thank you for supporting agencies in our community that are making a difference in the lives of people.
personSean Boyle09/13/2017 03:22 PM
As a staff at PSRS, I greatly appreciate PEMCO's support! Every little bit helps us to better assist our clients in various ways. It's a wonderful feeling to know that organizations in the community like PEMCO have our back :)
personDiane Robinson09/13/2017 09:51 AM
PSRS has changed our son's life dramatically and ours as a result! Ryan was born deaf- blind and when he turned 21 his options became very limited. Living situations varied from good to nightmarish. Working situations were always very challenging! Doctors increased medications to dangerous levels to try to keep his behavior in check. All very heartbreaking to say the least. Then we learned about PSRS and were overjoyed when Ryan was quickly placed. His meds are down to a very minimum now. He loves his home, roomies, and helpers and so do we!  What a life saver!   Thank you so much PEMCO for choosing  to support PSRS  this month!

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