ARPA Small Business Grant Applications Open Now

  • Small Business Recovery Grants
    • Administered through the SAF
    • Up to $25,000 towards losses caused by COVID-19
    • Must be in business prior to March 3, 2020
  • Wage Boost Grants
    • Administered through the SAF
    • Up to $50,000 to increase wages for employees over a 2 year period
  • Business Start-up or Expansion Funding
    • Administered through the City
    • 25% of total start up or expansion costs up to $100,000
    • Must have opened after March 3, 2021
  • Business Façade Improvement Grants
    • Administered through the City in partnership with NeighborWorks, UNC, and Scranton Tomorrow
    • Up to $10,000 to improve façade
    • Must be an existing business currently occupying space

For more information and to apply visit:

The Wright Center for Community Health Receives HRSA Recognition

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently awarded The Wright Center for Community Health with its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)  recognition.

The recognition is given annually to health centers that embrace the PCMH model of care, which prioritizes a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.

With the addition of this recognition, or badge, The Wright Center has received a total of three HRSA badges this year through the federal agency’s Community Health Quality Recognition program.

The Wright Center also previously earned the 2022 Advancing Health Information Technology for Quality badge and the newly established Addressing Social Risk Factors to Health badge.

HRSA annually reviews health centers’ performance data and bestows badges on federal Health Center Program awardees and Look-Alikes that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of health equity, access, quality, and use of health information technology. HRSA encourages the recipients of its badges to prominently display them on the health centers’ websites and elsewhere, as outward symbols of the centers’ leadership in those key areas.

The Wright Center previously adopted the PCMH model of care, with several of its primary care practices in Northeast Pennsylvania being formally evaluated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and receiving PCMH recognition.

Under the PCMH model of care, a patient is engaged in a direct relationship with a chosen physician or another provider who serves in a leadership role and coordinates a cooperative team of health care professionals. The leader takes responsibility for the comprehensive integrated care provided to the patient, and advocates and arranges appropriate care with other qualified providers, specialists and community resources as needed.

Research has shown that PCMHs can improve the quality of care and the patient experience, while also reducing health care costs.

The Wright Center for Community Health, which in 2019 became a HRSA-designated Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, currently operates a network of primary care practices in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties.

Kalahari Resorts Winter Holiday Celebration Buffet

Join us for a Holiday celebration that you’ll never forget. Experience our incredible Winter Holiday feast complete with all the traditional fare, Chef-carving, and chilled seafood. Be sure to save some room for our delicious dessert display!

When & Where

Sunday, December 25, 2022

3:00pm – 7:00pm in the Kalahari Convention Center, in the Kilimanjaro Room

Reserve Now

The University of Scranton Findings of 2022 Living Wage Report Presented

The “living wage income” required for a family of four in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties increased by 39 percent since 2019, according to findings of a 2022 Update of the NEPA Living Wage Report, which was presented to NEPA community leaders at The University of Scranton on Nov. 29.

The Living Wage Report for NEPA, first issued in 2016, defines a “living wage” as the wage rate at which a worker, employed on a full-time basis, can reach a standard of living that meets essential basic needs and allows the individual or family to live a modest but dignified life. The report outlines the living wage threshold for various family compositions in NEPA, such as a family of three, or a family of four. The report reflects principles of Catholic Social Teaching in regard to poverty, just wages and economic justice.

“While our region continues to make many gains and improvements, the study shows that too many of our neighbors experience economic hardship,” wrote Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, in a message in the 2022 update. “I am especially struck by how the median income for both counties now falls short of a living wage for all households with children. Costs are rising for food and other essential needs, while wages and supports are not keeping up, and there is a serious shortage of affordable housing.”

The 2022 report compares current and previous data, details the increases in costs of living, explains some of the major challenges facing those who fall below the living wage threshold, and proposes solutions to address these challenges. The 2022 report highlights mitigating factors – in particular, racial disparities and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related policies on economic security.

 “The most recent data points to an acute need for affordable housing that calls for new policies and approaches,” said Julie Schumacher Cohen, assistant vice president for community engagement and government affairs. “The report also provides a new focus on racial disparities, with Black and Hispanic households having lower rates of homeownership and lower median incomes than white populations.” 

Other key findings of the 2022 report show the continued gap between minimum wage and living wage; the poverty rate in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties remains high and the need for services has increased; and costs for basic needs continue to rise.

“The study found the living wage amounts have increased across the board. It’s taking more funds for families to thrive in 2022 than in the previous 2016 and 2019 reports. Rising prices of food and housing are key factors driving this trend, with rental prices having increased significantly since the start of the pandemic,” said Andrew Chew, director of research at The Institute (formerly named the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development).

The 2022 update shows the living wage income for a family of two adults (one working) and two children in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties increased from $42,910 in 2019 to $59,717 in 2022 – a significant 39 percent increase.

“The findings of this year’s Living Wage Report emphasize the importance of continued community and government action to ensure that individuals and families in NEPA are able to live a modest but dignified life,” said JoyAnna Hopper, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science and co-director of the University’s Center for Ethics and Excellence in Public Service, in her remarks.

To achieve greater economic security for families in NEPA, the report recommends a multi-pronged approach is required that involves public policy changes, economic and workforce development efforts, government programs and private charitable activities.

Recommendations presented in the report include, expanding support for housing assistance and housing affordability; promoting practices to foster equity and inclusivity; advocating for increased wages; supporting cash assistance for low-income families and expanding food and basic necessities assistance; expanding access to existing social safety net programs and supporting programs and policies that help workers to obtain and keep jobs with family-sustaining wages.

Johnson College Receives Contribution From Peoples Security Bank & Trust

Johnson College recently received a $12,000 contribution from Peoples Security Bank & Trust to support the College’s Industry Fast Track/Dual Enrollment Program.

Peoples Security Bank & Trust’s contribution to Johnson College is part of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The program offers businesses a tax credit for supporting state-approved educational improvement programs. Johnson College is approved to accept EITC contributions in support of its STEM outreach programs and Industry Fast Track program.

Johnson College’s Industry Fast Track program offers high school students from participating area school districts an opportunity to enroll simultaneously in secondary and post-secondary coursework at Johnson College. The course meets state requirements for high school graduation while providing college-level courses. Students remain enrolled full-time at their high school while attending classes at Johnson College.

WVIA Education’s Speaking Grief Virtual Event On- Demand

Last month, WVIA Education hosted a virtual workshop focusing on understanding and advocacy for those who are experiencing grief. The full presentation is now available to watch on-demand at

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Educational Television Association (dba WVIA) received a $5,000 grant from the Community Giving Foundation: Berwick to support this second Speaking Grief webinar. The virtual workshop serves as a resource for parents, caregivers, and educators to help those in need. 

Panelists include:

·       Beth Anne Harris, Director of Special Education and Student Services at Crestwood School District, 

·       Jennifer Seechock, MS, Director of Counseling Services at Hospice of the Sacred Heart

·       Kristi Nejman, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Behavior Specialist from PAK Pediatrics 

“This important workshop not only offers education around the topic of grief but also provides a community of supporters for those experiencing grief,” said Teresa Sabecky, WVIA’s Education Coordinator.

The event answers questions such as “What does grief look like in a toddler versus an adult? What events trigger grief?” The program comes as a partner to the documentary film Speaking Grief, which explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a grief-avoidant society. The documentary addresses the role that supports from friends and family plays in a person’s grief experience, offering guidance on how to show up for people in their darkest moments. Speaking Grief is a production of WPSU.

The University of Scranton Noel Night Concert

Performance Music at The University of Scranton will kick off the holiday season with its 55th annual Noel Night concert on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Beginning at 8 p.m. in the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue, the concert will feature The University of Scranton Singers and Chamber Ensembles. Doors open at 7 p.m., with a prelude beginning at 7:05 p.m. Admission to the concert is free, with seating on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The University’s Christmas gift to the community, Noel Night has been a beloved holiday tradition for numerous Scranton-area residents since its beginnings more than a half-century ago when it was founded by Rev. Edward Gannon, S.J.

This year’s concert will feature music by composers J.S. Bach, Randall Alan Bass, Vaclav Nelhybel, Mark Sirett and others, according to Performance Music Conductor and Director Cheryl Y. Boga. Pianist and harpsichordist for the evening is Ron Stabinsky and organist is Christopher Johnson. Performance Music’s fully restored Steinway grand piano and Austin Opus 301 symphonic organ will be heard on the program, and the evening will feature the debut of the department’s newly donated and restored Zuckerman harpsichord. Remarks and readings will be offered by Rev. James Duffy, S.J., M.D., superior for the Scranton Jesuit Community; Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D., vice president for University advancement; Leonard Gougeon, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Department of English and Theatre; Hal Baillie, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Philosophy Department; and senior student members of the ensemble.

Scranton Launchbox Career and Development Programs

AutoCAD Training

Level 1: January 17 – February 9, 2023

Level 2: February 21 – March 2, 2023

Tues/Thurs evenings 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Basic Grant Writing

Thursdays, January 19 – February 23, 2023

10:45 am – Noon

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

Thursdays, March 9 – March 30, 2023

6 pm – 8 pm

NEW! Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursdays, January 19 – February 23, 2023

9 am – 10:15 am

Leadership Essential Workshops

Thursdays, 9 am – Noon

Meeting Supervisory Responsibilities


Leading Others


Interviewing and Selecting Employees


Building a Positive Work Climate


Professional Engineer Exam Review

PE Civil Review

Tuesdays, February 28 – June 13, 2023

6 pm – 9 pm

Spanish in the Workplace

Level 1: April 25 – June 27, 2023

Level 2: April 27 – June 22, 2023

Tues/Thurs evenings 5:30 pm -7:45 pm

Industry Focused Courses and Credentials

APICS/ASCM Certification Prep Program

CPIM – Part 2

January 19 – March 25, 2023

Thursdays 6 pm – 8 pm/Saturdays 8 am – 10 am

Registration Deadline: January 6, 2023

Personal Care Home Training

Accelerted PCHA 100 hr. Training – 4 Weekends

January 20 – February 11, 2023 or

April 14 – May 6, 2023

PCHA 100 hr. Training – 7 weeks

January 17 – March 2, 2023

Tuesdays/Thursdays 8 am – 5:30 pm

15-hour Assisted Living Administrator Training

Friday, February 24 & Saturday, February 25, 2023

8 am – 4:30 pm

SHRM CP/SCP™ Learning System Course

February 2 – April 27, 2023

Thursdays, 6 pm – 9 pm

SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

May 4 – May 25, 2023

Thursdays, 6 pm – 9 pm

                              REAL ESTATE CLASSES

Real Estate Fundamentals

Mondays, 6 pm – 9 pm

January 30 – April 3, 2023

Real Estate Practice

Wednesdays 6 pm – 9 pm February 1 – April 12, 2023 then classes continue on:

Mondays and Wednesdays 6 pm – 9 pm – April 17, April 19, April 24, and April 26, 2023

                       Certificate Programs


NEW! Essentials in Strategic Leadership

Integrated Digital Marketing

Logistics and Operations Management

Project Management Certificate Program

NEW! Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

NEW! Workforce and Career Development Certificate

 Youth Programs


  •  January 11, 2023 – February 22, 2023

Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  (5:30 – 7:00 Verbal; 7:00 – 8:30 Math)

The Waverly Community House Wreath Making

      Wreath Making with Abby Peck changed to Thursday, December 8th         Wreath making takes place from 9am -2pm continuously in The Comm Gym. All are welcome! Make a wreath for yourself and one for The Comm! Reservations are not required. $3 donation suggested. Greens & light refreshments provided. Bring your own pruning shears, work gloves, and any decorations you want to add to your wreath!             Visit “The Upstairs Thrift”! Our upscale thrift shop featuring women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and housewares. Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm; Saturdays 10am-1pm