During the November Centre PACT meeting, we had the privilege of hearing impact reports from the Jana Marie Foundation, ACRES Project, and Centre County Youth Service Bureau—three groups that were funded by Centre PACT last year.

The Jana Marie Foundation is behind the “Stompers” project and “Straight Talk” sessions directed towards Centre County parents and teens to learn about mental health. The Jana Marie Foundation held its first few JAM (Jana’s Art and Music) sessions to help kids express themselves through art. This Foundation has already greatly impacted the lives of the young people of Centre County, and we can’t wait to see what it will do next.

ACRES Project has created a residential community for adults with autism. They also hold social gatherings for people to get together and learn more about each other. ACRES Project has greatly helped the special needs community, especially by providing opportunities for adults who do not typically receive other services. Last year, ACRES Project bought a new home in Patton Township and has since transformed it into an amazing support center.

The Centre County Youth Service Bureau (YSB) was able to use Centre PACT funds to continue their Mobile Outreach service, in which they visit high-need neighborhoods and engage with the children in ways they desperately need. We were also invited by YSB to participate in one of their children’s activities, which we think would a lot of fun and very rewarding!

 The impact of the Jana Marie Foundation, ACRES Project, and Centre County Youth Service Bureau not only changes the life of the individual but everyone that is connected to them. We are so proud that Centre PACT has been able to assist these true community leaders with their visions to make the world a better place.

 Blog written by: Abbie La Porta & Sanjana Kuchipudi