SRU Good News for Jan. 22, 2010
SRU graduate advocates for developmentally disabled
Jo Anne Hanahan, a 1976 Slippery Rock University education graduate, is making news helping people, especially those "who fall through the cracks," according to a recent story in the Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, Md.
Hanahan is senior service coordinator for Service Coordination and is a past president of the Tri-State Civitan Club. She primarily works with developmentally disabled people and their families, both in her career and through volunteering.
"The focus of Civitan International is people with developmental disabilities. I work in this field, so it attracted me because it's a continuation of my professional life," Hanahan told he newspaper.
She joined Tri-State in 1998 and says she considers it a natural extension of her professional life. The club was started in the 1960s, then was rechartered under the same name in 1996.
She has served as a club officer and has worked for the past several years to increase membership. "In the past two to three years, we've doubled, tripled, quadrupled in numbers," Hanahan told the newspaper saying the club now has about 20 members.
Hanahan takes pride in the number of people the club aids. It annual distributes nearly $10,000; most in what Hanahan describes as "in small ways," including helping purchase Christmas presents, clothing and food for people with developmental disabilities. The club also helps with dental and medical bills, respite care expenses and transportation needs, among other things.
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