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Mercer County Connection September Calendar is Available!

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Check out Mercer County Connection’s September Calendar of events!  Download County Connection September 2016 Events Calendar in PDF here.


Check out September 27 – Meet us at 957 Highway 33 in the Acme Shopping Center, Hamilton, NJ 08690 for getting help with PCIL to REGISTER TO VOTE!

MCC Calendar September

Craft Fair Preparation Aug 29

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The Progressive Center for Independent Living & Mercer County Connections
Is in the process of planning a Craft Fair in September to sell handmade items created by you.
Crafters and Artists will meet at the PCIL office on August 29th from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM to work on some sale items.
Bring your projects or start a new one with us.
Some things that you can create and sell are:
Knitted & Crocheted Items
Beaded Jewelry
Handmade Key Chains
Art Work
So, get busy creating some handmade items to sell!
If you want to reserve a space call Suzanne at PCIL (609) 581-4500 Or email at

NJ YELL Recruitment

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Be Heard! Learn Your Rights! Create Change! 

“Youth Excelling in Leading & Learning” 

WHO: The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is actively recruiting youth and young adults with and without disabilities and/or special healthcare needs, ages 16 – 26, for our youth advisory council: NJ YELL.

WHAT: NJ YELL provides youth and young adults the opportunity for training in advocacy while engaging with a diversified group of key stakeholders at NJ Community of Care Consortium quarterly meetings. The NJ YELL also participate in face to face regional meetings, teleconferences, webinars and special events that are dedicated to learning their rights and improving outcomes as they transition to adult life. NJ YELL members receive stipends for participation in meetings.

GOAL: To increase the voice and capacity for youth to enable them participate in self advocacy, and grow into leadership roles to improve the systems that impact their education, healthcare, and independent living.

For more information contact:

Erin Seigh 

Transition Coordinator 

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) 

(732) 318-8353 or

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Tips to Beating Summer Heat!

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Check out this great resource for beating the summer heat including information on where to find NJ Cooling Centers!


MEDI-COOL Deadline Extended!

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MEDI-COOL Program by Catholic Charities – Deadline extended to FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!
With funding from the Mercer County Department of
Human Services Oce on Aging, Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Trenton and Rise, A Community Service
Partnership, of Hightstown, have partnered to provide
5,000 BTU Air Conditioning Units for Mercer County low-
income seniors and/or adults who have a disability.
For more information or to schedule an eligibility screening, interested agencies or individuals may contact one of the programs listed below:
Markeesha Ferguson — Community Aairs Assistant
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
Mercer Community Services
132 N Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08608
609-394-8847 x2529 (phone)
609-394-0574 (fax)

Looking for SPONSORS!

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Dear Prospective Sponsor,
On behalf of the Progressive Center, we are pleased to announce the first annual “A Taste For Success” beer pairing dinner event on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Strawberry Hill Mansion, atop Bald Pate Mountain, in Titusville, NJ!
This special event will help bring awareness to our agency and about the impact our programs have on the community as a whole while helping to raise money in support of our programs.
Over the past 20 years, Progressive Center has helped pave the way for Mercer and Hunterdon County residents of all ages living with disabilities and their families. Through various grants, donations, fee-for-service programs and other fundraising efforts, our agency has been able to help over 6,000 individuals living with disabilities live independent lives and become productive participants in our local communities.
This event is not your typical non-profit fundraising event. Attendees will listen to live music from 519 South and spend the afternoon tasting gourmet delicacies specially crafted for this event by Chef Krause of Signature Affairs Catering of Marlboro, NJ that are perfectly paired with samplings of locally crafted beer from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. of Bucks County PA.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sponsor a station at this fundraising event and put your business in the spotlight. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions or wish to meet to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Scott Elliott at (609) 581-4500 or (908) 625-9047 or Event Coordinator, Matt Panyko at (609) 613-6706. We look forward to hearing from you.
Norman Smith Scott Elliott
President Executive Director
Join the celebration on Sunday, October 16 as you savor the sounds of local band 519 South, while sampling hand-crafted brews with perfectly paired edibles at the Strawberry Hill Mansion atop Bald Pate Mountain, Titusville, NJ.
This years’ fundraising event features Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and freshly prepared cuisine from Signature Affairs Catering.  Neshaminy Creek brews small batch hand crafted stouts, ales and IPA out of Bucks County, PA. This is not your run of the mill beer; handcrafted microbrews take experience, skill and time.
Tastings of this magnitude are rare and unique in that many overlook the complexities surrounding handcrafted beers that often surpass their familiar wine equivalents. An oak barrel aged triple bock can be compared to a fine port wine. Beers, like wines, can be used in marinades and sauces to add robust character to your foods.
Chef Krause will incorporate some of these brews to prepare farm to table cuisine using locally grown produce and products from Trenton Farmer Market and Sweet Valley Farms of Ringoes, among others. You will be pleased to see what recipes we have to offer at this fundraising event.
So don’t miss this amazing opportunity to sponsor a station at this fundraising event and put your business in the spotlight.


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The Annual PCIL Membership Dinner, scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at Lawrence Project Freedom has been postponed. Be on the lookout for the new date in the mail.


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Nail spray

Looking for volunteers to get their nails painted

Hear about the spray on nail polish that has been advertising recently? They claim it’s very easy, mess free and you can wash away the extra that may land on your fingers instead of on your nails. Well PCIL wants to test and see how truly user friendly these products are!  We are looking for some ladies to sample a product out. We will offer this opportunity to our Members first. If you are free on Thursday, June 23rd at 1pm, and a member of PCIL, please sign up for this event by calling us at 609-581-4500 and asking for Suzanne or Renee. Don’t delay, space is limited!



Webinar Series by SPAN

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Webinar Series

Joining decision-making groups is an important way for parents to have a voice and improve the lives of children and families. This webinar series will prepare and empower you to successfully serve on a group. 

You can make a difference!!

Recognize your personal leadership skills

Build an understanding about decision-making groups

Develop skills essential for active and meaningful participation on groups


All webinars are from Noon – 1 pm

July 14
Opportunities to Get Involved and Types of Groups

August 11
Processes and Tools Groups Use

September 8
How to Use Data on a Decision Making Group

September 29
Overview of Serving on Groups in Spanish

October 13
Roles of Families and Skills for Serving on Groups

For more information contact SPAN at 973-642-8100 ext. 123 or email at

DCA Accepting Housing Applications June 13 – June 17

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DCA will be accepting pre-applications for Housing Vouchers from June 13 –
June 17.  More information here:



5-31-16 DCA Section 8 – Public Notice