March 16, 2018 | Press Release.pdf
Bartolotta Visits Community Options Homes
Bartolotta visited a two-bedroom home in Canonsburg and a one-bedroom home in McMurray. The Senator spent time speaking with the residents to learn about the services they receive from Community Options.
“I am grateful to Community Options for providing me with the opportunity to visit with these residents and learn more about their day-to-day lives and experiences in the community,” said Bartolotta. “It was also helpful to see the real-world impact of programs like the Department of Human Services Consolidated Waiver, which allows disabled individuals to live independently in their community with support from service providers like Community Options. The entire experience was both heartwarming and eye-opening.”
Bartolotta represents District 46 in the Pennsylvania State Senate. She has served in the legislature since January 2015, and is the first women to ever represent the 46th District. As a member of the Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee, she works directly on legislation that can have a significant impact on people with disabilities living in the community.
“I want to thank Senator Bartolotta for taking the time to meet with our residents today,” said Kristy Smith, Executive Director for Community Options of Washington County. “Washington County has welcomed us with open arms into their community, and we look forward to partnering with our local leaders to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.”
Community Options, Inc. is a national nonprofit in its 30th year of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing residential and employment support services. COI currently operates over 160 homes in Pennsylvania, more than any other state. The Washington County office was established in late 2017 to help fill the need for additional services in the region.
About Community Options, Inc.:
For 29 years, Community Options has developed housing and employment programs for people with disabilities – serving thousands of people through over 40 offices across 11 states. Community Options provides advocacy assistance to empower people with disabilities because all people – regardless of ability level – should live and work in the community with dignity, choice and self-determination. For more information please visit our website: www.comop.org and to follow along with the ComOpCares campaign, search #ComOpCares on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.