A longtime champion of people with disabilities, Jack Newman, who died in 1997, was one of Allied Services’ founders. Thanks in part to his vision and efforts, Allied Services exists today providing health and human services to people in need. Joan, his wife, who resides in Waverly, PA, was one of the first presidents of Allied Services VISTAS (Volunteers in Services to Allied Services), and remains an active volunteer, regularly providing pet therapy to residents at Allied Services’ Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
“It is an organization that has been a central part of our family over the decades”, explains Jack and Joan’s daughter, Nancy Newman. “The compassion my father felt toward his work on behalf of Allied Services was a driving and motivating force in his life. In his later years when his health was declining, Allied provided a way for my father to stay involved in the community he loved. Today, my mother carries on this commitment through her pet therapy visits each week.”
“It is fulfilling to have our name associated with an organziation of such high caliber”, states Joan. “Everywhere I go, I always hear Allied praised to the stars.”
“Most dear to my heart,” notes Joan, “is that Allied provides a wonderful home for my daughter, Gail (who resides in one of Allied’s community homes for those with mental retardation and participates in Allied vocational programs). While she and I enjoy spending time together at my home, Gail is always happy to return to her own home at Allied, surrounded by her many friends and the staff who treat her as family.”