Events

Soul Party set for July 27

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Preparations are underway for a night of great eats, funky pottery, good soul vibes and all your favorite people all in one place.

Party goers interested in a festive and seasonal soiree should mark their calendars for July 27, when BLOOM Collaborative transforms into the hottest spot in the city for the second annual Soul Party. The event that will showcase the unique BLOSSOM’s Clay Studio will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m.

The Soul Party returns following a rousing debut in 2016, when more than 120 guests were able to experience BLOSSOM’s and purchase handmade ceramic items while indulging in soulful food options and seasonal craft cocktails. This year’s version of the event will include many of the same great features in addition to some exciting new attractions. Soul music will once again feature prominently in the night’s revelry.

All proceeds will better the lives of those who need it most in our community. BLOOM Collaborative, a program of Stairways Behavioral Health, has become a leader of transformational change in Erie, as the only mental health healing arts program in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The event is for people ages 21 and older and costs $75 per person.

For more information or to RSVP by phone, please call (814) 878-3688. Online registration and payment is also available by visiting https://squareup.com/store/bloom-collaborative.

Stairways hosts 28th Annual Client Picnic to great acclaim

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Clients, staff and friends of Stairways Behavioral Health took in a festive atmosphere at the 28th Annual Chuck Schaaf Client Picnic Wednesday, Aug. 10 at St. Nick’s Grove.

In excess of 800 people attended the picnic to take part in games, face painting, arts and crafts and karaoke. In addition, a photo booth was also on site, allowing picnic goers an opportunity to capture the fun memories from the picnic.

Each year, the picnic provides an opportunity to unwind and celebrate the accomplishments and growth of clients as well as acknowledge the contributions of Stairways staff.

As usual, Stairways staff members pitched in by preparing and serving food and helped clean up afterwards.

At the conclusion of the picnic, four clients were recognized for their courage and persistence in their journey of recovery during the Hope is Real Award presentation. New this year, Stairways also recognized additional clients by naming their journeys as “Stories of Distinction.”

27th annual Chuck Schaaf Stairways Client Picnic

Monday, August 24, 2015

Client Picnic

Clients, staff and friends of Stairways Behavioral Health took in a festive atmosphere at the 27th Annual Chuck Schaaf Client Picnic Wednesday, Aug. 12 at St. Nick’s Grove.

The more than 500 individuals in attendance took part in games, face painting, arts and crafts and karaoke. In addition, a photo booth was also on site, allowing picnic goers an opportunity to capture the fun memories from the picnic.

Each year, the picnic provides an opportunity to unwind and celebrate the accomplishments and growth of clients as well as acknowledge the contributions of Stairways staff.

As usual, Stairways staff members pitched in by preparing and serving food and helped clean up afterwards.

At the conclusion of the picnic, four clients were recognized for their courage and persistence in their journey of recovery.

For photos of the event, click here.

Night of laughs commemorates ADA

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nationally known performer Brett Leake and Handicap This, a two-man comedy team, headlined Come Laugh With Us, a night of jokes presented by Voices for Independence Saturday, July 25 at Penn State Behrend’s McGarvey Commons.

WJET-24’s Raychel Vendetti served as emcee of the event, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the civil rights legislation that passed in July 1990. Stairways Behavioral Health was a sponsor of Come Laugh With Us.

As the opening act, Handicap This paired Mike Berkson, a 26-year-old man with Cerebral Palsy who is in a wheelchair and only has limited use of his hands, with his former teacher Tim Wambach. Having used humor to bridge their differences, Berkson and Wambach utilize the same method to address stereotypes and the judgements often associated with people with physical handicaps.

In addition to telling their story of friendship and their mission of inclusiveness, Wambach and Berkson also share the challenges they personally face, such as depression. In a particularly poignant moment, Berkson, who has difficulty speaking, discusses his persistent depression and suicidal thoughts.

Leake, who bills himself as one of the nation’s top sitdown standup comics, became the first comedian with a physical disability to appear on the Tonight Show in 1991. Leake has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair.

During his set on stage, Leake discussed the importance of finding humor in all of a life’s challenges, sprinkling personal anecdotes and musings throughout his monologue. While incorporating humor and inspirational speech, Leake kept audience members captivated by urging them to recite motivational phrases, such as “Fun gets things done.”



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