The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

June 11, 2014

Agency says thanks | ACRP to mark anniversary with celebration

JOHNSTOWN — There is going to be one whale of a party downtown, and you’re invited.

Alternative Community Resource Program will celebrate 25 years in operation on Thursday, and the festival is the organization’s way of giving back.

“This is a community celebration to say thanks to our supporters who have stuck around with us for 25 years,” Camette Standley, ACRP’s marketing coordinator, told Tribune-Democrat reporter Kelly Urban for a story in last Thursday’s editions.

That ACRP has served the community for a quarter of a century is a testament to its quality programming.

The party will include a bounce house, face painting and games for the children. Hot dogs and beverages also will be available to all attendees.

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and will be set up on Locust Street, adjacent to ACRP’s corporate offices on Market Street in Johnstown.

“It should be a nice, fun day with a lot of community involvement, Standley said.

The weather should hold up for the festivities, too, with the high projected in the upper 70s.

In its two decades of serving the community, ACRP has dealt with more than 4,000 clients ranging in age from birth to senior citizens. Its services address the emotional, behavioral and academic issues faced by its clientele.

Some of its programs deal with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, alternative education, community recreation initiatives and youth employment services.

And it offers these services not only from its Johnstown location, but also from operational sites in Somerset, Clearfield, Bedford and Blair counties.

Now that most school districts are on summer vacation, load your tribe into the car and head downtown on Thursday. Let the kids blow off a little steam playing games and romping in the bounce house. And grab yourself a hot dog and a drink and find out what ACRP is all about.

You just might discover that ACRP has a program that can help you with a current problem.

Party on

What: Alternative Community Resource Program’s 25th anniversary bash.

Where: Locust Street, adjacent to ACRP’s corporate office at 131 Market St., Johnstown.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Information: 535-2277.

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