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Family Services Brings Extreme Adventurer to Town for Annual Event

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania has announced that extreme adventurer and spinal cord injury survivor, Grant Korgan, will headline their annual holiday season event. Act 2: A Celebration of Second Chances will be held on Friday, December 13th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at J. Verno Studios, 3030 Jane Street, on Pittsburgh’s Southside.  Proceeds from the evening support the agency’s Helping Hand Fund.

Grant Korgan is a natural fit to talk about life’s second chances. Grant is an avid snowmobiler, skier, world-class kayaker, adventurer, nano-mechanics professional and husband.  On March 5, 2010, while snowmobiling in the Sierra backcountry, the Lake Tahoe native fractured his L1 vertebrae, and suddenly added the world of spinal cord injury recovery to his list of activities. Without a complex plan of recovery, Grant knew he needed only one thing – positive energy. His path of recovery began with complete loss of feeling and zero movement below his belly button.  Refusing to take “no” for an answer, Grant and his wife began a non-stop lifestyle of exercise brimming with love and support. In one short year, Grant graduated from wheelchair to walking with the help of two arm crutches. Two winters after being paralyzed from the waist down, Grant found his redemption on a minus-45-degree day at the South Pole. He is available to speak to the media before and during his visit to Pittsburgh.

The Helping Hand Fund was established more than ten years ago as the result of generous support from local companies. It is used to help meet the special emergency needs that many of the individuals and families served by the agency experience in their daily lives as they strive for recovery. This fund is accessed only after all other resources have been explored and exhausted and is sustained  entirely through private donations. Every year the number of requests has steadily increased

Act 2 is open to the public and will also feature a performance by the August Wilson Dance Ensemble and music by the Terrence Vaughn Band. Event tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at fswp.orgFor additional information, contact Laura Brocklebank at412-820-2050, ext. 412.


Family Services of Western Pennsylvania provides a wide variety of programs, services and activities for children, adults and families living in the Western Pennsylvania region. Since 1885, Family Services and our predecessor agencies have maintained our commitment to our mission to “Empower people to reach their full potential.”


Family Services is headquartered at 3230 William Pitt Way (U-PARC), Pittsburgh, PA 15238. For further information about Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, or any of our programs, services and supports, please contact our office at 412-820-2050, or visit our website at

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to Speak at Family Services of Western PA Event

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, eldest daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, will be the guest speaker at Family Services of Western Pennsylvania’s annual Act 2: A Celebration of Second Chances event on November 30, 2012 at the Jay Verno Studios, 3030 Jane Street, on Pittsburgh’s Southside. The event will benefit the agency’s NorthCo Vocational Rehabilitation Center which offers persons with… Continue Reading

An Evening About Life’s Second Chances

Act 2- a celebration of second chances – an evening inspired by life’s second chances. A one-of-a-kind evening in 3 parts: the inspiring stories of Jeannette Walls, author of best seller The Glass Castle; an artfully remarkable performance by the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and the danceable groove of the Terrance Vaughn Band.  The… Continue Reading

Family Services of Western PA Wins Behavioral Health Pacesetter Award

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania has been named a winner of the 2011 Behavioral Health Pacesetter Award. The Pacesetter Award was created by the non-profit The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce in partnership with The Hitachi Foundation. The award recognizes behavioral healthcare treatment and support organizations in the U.S. that utilize best workforce… Continue Reading

Do You Know the Signs of Teenage Dating Violence

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania joins forces with the Prime Stage Theatre  to teach Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence  Family Services of Western Pennsylvania Citizens Advisory Board is hosting “don’t u luv me?” an important and timely production written and produced by the Prime Stage Theatre – Teen Advisory Board that addresses teen dating… Continue Reading

Help Family Services of Western PA Provide Laptops for Students

Family Services Begins Recruiting for “Running for Laptops” at Pittsburgh Marathon Family Services of Western Pennsylvania is helping to recruit runners to participate in the 2011 Pittsburgh Marathon to benefit the Running for Laptops program.  Running for Laptops assists foster care students while they make the transition from high school to college or vocational training… Continue Reading

Direct Support Professional, the Unsung Heroes

Family Services of Western PA celebrates National Direct Support Professionals Week by recognizing Western Pennsylvania’s unsung heroes who help residents with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities  The week of September 12-19 has been declared National Direct Support Professionals Week in an effort to recognize and express appreciation for the work of community providers caring for… Continue Reading