Elm Acres celebrated its partnership with the community Thursday at the annual Tree of Hope dinner.

Elm Acres celebrated its partnership with the community Thursday at the annual Tree of Hope dinner.
Elm Acres provides a number of youth and family services, including out-patient and alcohol services, youth residential services, foster care, family preservation and transportation services.
“Everyone in the communities we serve has an important stake in the success of our programs,” said Kit Parks, Elm Acres director. “Many of the children and families utilizing our services are in painful and stressful life situations that undermine their essential well-being and prospects for future happiness and success. Without a helping hand, many of these families and children are high risk to become or remain consumers of tax-supported service.”
Parks noted that everyone in the community benefits when Elm Acres services assists families and children in achieving their goal of a healthy and productive life.
“We cannot effectively serve our clients without our partnership with so many key organizations and individuals that provide financial and other support and services to the clients we serve,” the director said.
Entertainment for the dinner was provided by Pittsburg High School Encore, a group of vocal music students under the direction of Susan Laushman.
She and the students received a personal invitation to sing at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Laushman and the students will join other singers from across the nation in May to form a 200-voice choir for the premiere of “Creations’ Alleluia,” created by Dr. John Leavitt, a former teacher of Laushman. The choir will be accompanied by the Kennedy Center Orchestra.
“We were honored to have them perform at our annual Tree of Hope dinner,” Parks said.