Current News & Events

August 22, 2017

2017 Steelers Family Fest

2017 Steelers Family Fest NHS/AVS consumers and accompanying staff members attended the Steelers Family Fest at Heinz Field on August 6. They watched an open Steelers practice, met the team mascot Steely McBeam, participated in fan activities, and more.

Thank you to the Pittsburgh Steelers for donating the tickets for this event!

August 22, 2017

Trip to Kennywood Amusement Park

Trip to Kennywood Amusement Park On August 9, nineteen individuals from NHS/AVS enjoyed a beautiful day at Pittsburgh’s Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, PA, along with Team Friends. The group had a fantastic day in the festive environment and enjoyed the Team Friends picnic. Kevin, pictured with Susan White on the Jack Rabbit, had a great time and really loved the coasters. NHS is a participant in Team Friends activities, which provide social and learning opportunities for adults with IDD.

August 22, 2017

Team Building Event Held in Pittsburgh

Team Building Event Held in Pittsburgh Amanda Thomas, administrator at NHS/AVS, recently hosted an event for managers from the community group homes she oversees at IQ Escape Pittsburgh! The crew worked together to successfully crack the code within the time limit provided. “It was a fantastic day of teambuilding,” commented Amanda. “I was happy to be able to spend time with my colleagues doing something unique and really fun!” Amanda oversees 15 homes in Allegheny and Beaver Counties.

August 22, 2017

NHS/AVS Visits the Andy Warhol Art Museum

The Communication Technology group from the Edward J. Zapp Program Center at NHS/AVS travelled to the Andy Warhol Art Museum to explore his collection of art. In a featured group class prior to the trip, individuals learned about the history of this Pittsburgh born pop art icon. Everyone enjoyed painting their own pop art in class for a real hands-on experience. The Warhol Museum has seven floors and holds the largest collection of a single artist in North America. At the museum, favorite works of art included Marilyn Monroe, Skulls, Campbell’s Soup, and various movie stars. The group had lunch at the Warhol Café after their museum tour, thanks to the Walter F. and Ellen H. Nicoden Fund.

NHS/AVS Visits the Andy Warhol Art Museum

August 22, 2017

Learning How to Garden

From power tools to plants, individuals from the Communication Technology group in Pittsburgh enjoyed creating a garden of their own. The group created an Upcycled Garden using recycled items. Consumers brought in items from either their homes or the Zapp center to use as planters. They learned how to use power tools safely, how to garden, and creative ways to reuse materials. Upcycled Gardens transform products, waste materials and useless or unwanted products into new materials, or products of better quality for increased environmental value.

Learning How to Garden Learning How to Garden
Learning How to Garden Learning How to Garden
August 7, 2017

Inaugural NHS/AVS Day at the Races

Kart racing and fundraising were the focus for the first ever NHS/AVS Day at the Races on Saturday, June 24. More than 75 people gathered at Pittsburgh International Race Complex to compete, enjoy great food and company, and participate in amazing auctions. After a practice and preliminary round, teams karted in a 60 minute race, with the team of Rudy Agras, Lil Rudy Agras and Vaughn Glace coming out on top.

NHS/AVS is grateful to all the participants for making it a great day, with special thanks to Raymond Mikesell of Café Raymond, James Rich of Pittsburgh Taco Truck, the entire Pitt Raceway team led by Dave Hois, and the amazing UBS Walnut Wealth Management team of Denise Arndt, Debora Kuzmanko, Lisa Lucas, Louis Sforza, Lee Oleinick, Chris Butsko and Jack Greenberg.

Inaugural NHS/AVS Day at the Races

August 14, 2017

NHS/AVS on 'It’s Your Turn with Dave Malarkey!'

wisr logoClick here to listen to Vicki Doverspike, Program Director at the Slippery Rock Program Center, Marsha Schoedel, Staffing Specialist, and Dorothy Gordon, Executive Director, Development & Communications as they are interviewed about the great services provided at NHS/AVS on WISR 680 AM. Great job and thank you for representing the organization so well!

July 31, 2017

Zapp Consumers Visit Caring Heights

Zapp Consumers Visit Caring Heights On July 21, individuals and staff members from Edward J. Zapp Program Center at NHS/AVS participated in a community service project at Caring Heights Community Care & Rehabilitation Center. The NHS/AVS individuals joined Caring Heights residents in doing a craft, painting and decorating summer door hangers. Everyone had a great time interacting and visiting with those who they’ve had a friendship with for several years. Thanks to the Walter F. and Ellen H. Nicoden Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, the group was able to enjoy a lunch at Pizza Hut after the visit.