Together, they began holding classes in churches and other community buildings. Not only did group home participants come but individuals who were home-bound began attending.
Peggy and Arlene began to dream for even more for the persons they served and loved so much. They saw the need to provide higher quality programs and events and diversify settings, allowing for those with disabilities to participant in the community just like everyone else.
With no start-up funding, 2 desks in the spare bedroom that served as an office, and a few other brave individuals who were willing to work without pay, the vision of PA Connecting Communities (PACC) began to take shape. The organization launched in 2004 as a 501(c)3 grassroots, non-profit organization. Within 30 days, Peggy and Arlene were able to pay their staff. By the end of the year, they had a budget of $250,000.
As we head into the 15th year of operation, PACC has grown to reach over 3,000 individuals with 1000 programs, events, classes and services throughout the year, operating on a diverse funding budget of over $4,000,000. Currently, we provide services to the intellectually disabled, those with autism, and those with a variety of development disabilities within the five county region of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.