By Maggie Pascucci

As the world faces the uncertainties and challenges brought forth by a global pandemic this year, we yearn for the comfort and camaraderie often found in holiday celebrations. While each person, each family, each community defines what holiday traditions mean for them; the celebrations of 2020 and 2021 will likely look and feel different for most of us.

With this comes the question: how can we mark the occasion of holidays and maintain their warm feelings while practicing measures that keep us and our loved ones safe?

By Jill Rafferty-Weinish, Strategic Director of Vocational, Day, and Community Supports

When the COVID-19 shutdown last spring required many Wildwood services to go "virtual", Behaviorists Brittany DeBell, Ingrid Martinez, and Alex Keefer really felt the loss of professional camaraderie from their office interactions. They knew the people and families they supported would be having similar challenges, so they spoke to the Communications team about developing a podcast that would help provide – as Martinez puts it – "a little behaviorist in your pocket."

by Pam Baker, Melanie Ebbing, Amy Leisenfelder, Eric Sharer, Michelle Singh
Wildwood HEAL Committee Co-Chairs

Helping people to lead fulfilling lives is at the core of Wildwood’s mission. Through 50+ years of experience, we have found that people experience the greatest fulfillment when practicing healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity. In order to improve nutritional habits and increase physical activity of students, Wildwood started Project HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) – an initiative focused on promoting an agency-wide culture of change for both staff and people supported by Wildwood. The goal of HEAL is to increase skills, knowledge, and positive behaviors. 


Do you like to help others? Are you thinking about switching to a career where you can make a difference? If so, Wildwood wants you! We are looking to hire Direct Support Professionals, Teaching Assistants, and various other positions. Interested? Join us for our Hiring Event featuring “open” interviews on Thursday, November 5, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The hiring event is similar to a job fair, but on a more personal level. It’s just Wildwood, and instead of open, drop-in interviews, we’re offering scheduled time slots for people to stop in for an interview. We want to do what we can to meet more people while keeping everyone safe.

Why work at Wildwood? We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including health insurance, dental and vision plans, life insurance, flex spending, a comprehensive wellness program, paid time off, paid training, education tuition assistance, scholarships, employee discounts, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

We are passionate about helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities lead independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. By joining our team, you will be provided a variety of opportunities where it is possible to make a difference and a significant, direct impact on the lives of others. It’s our goal to improve the lives of all members of the Wildwood family.



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