Hien Nguyen, Charisse Dimacali & Tracy Laluk, Volunteer Services, St.Amant
Hien, Charisse & Tracy have been engaging volunteers at St.Amant collectively for the last 12 years and volunteering themselves for many more. They specialize in volunteerism and thrive on building community and connecting individuals for the benefit for personal growth, social impact and community inclusiveness. All three share a passion for making positive impacts, lifelong learning and creating meaningful relationships through the PALS program. A quote that resonates with them from David Pitonyak is “Loneliness is a central reason why so many people are unhappy and distraught. Our work is to help people find meaningful and enduring relationships. Nothing is more important.”… This quote is an essential reminder as to why the PALS initiative was created.
Natural Supports through the PALS Program
A critical piece of quality of life is missing for people with developmental disabilities and autism and that is friendship and unpaid relationships. Join staff from St.Amant’s PALS Project Team to learn about their natural supports model, called Partnership through Activities Learning and Sharing (PALS) to help address this issue. They’re matching volunteers who are looking for a friend with people supported by St.Amant who are also looking for a friend. They will share their resources and processes with those looking for natural supports through this model in the hope of helping others make long-lasting connections.