Peniel Sits Down With Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto

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The drug problem is an unfortunate reality that has been hitting our region especially hard. Nearly every organization, business or family in our area is affected in some way by this epidemic. However, for more than 35 years, Peniel has been at the forefront of effective addiction treatment.

Recently members of the Peniel staff along with First Lady Barbara Mann of the Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ, were invited to meet with the Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA, the Honorable William Peduto. The meeting was facilitated through the efforts of First Lady Mann based on her desire to better acquaint the mayor’s office with the role that Peniel is playing in combating the addiction issue plaguing our region.

Public Relations Director, Durean Coleman; Clinical Supervisor, Sarah Levine; Admissions Director, Emily Cooper and Academic Director, Steve Shannon spent better than an hour with the Mayor at his downtown Pittsburgh office discussing current trends in addiction and the successful rehabilitation taking place at Peniel. Also present in the meeting was Laura Drogowski, Critical Communities Initiatives Manager for the mayor’s office.

The team from Peniel was able to share with Mayor Peduto and Ms. Drogowski about our effective treatment methods. We explained our strong emphasis on a holistic approach to treating our clients from every perspective we can. We address concerns ranging from overcoming past traumas to proper relationship management to responsible self-care. Sarah, Emily and Steve were able to give a concise and effective overview of the entire Peniel program.

In addition, we were able to highlight a few of our many successful areas of focus to assist our clients. Emily described the detailed and efficient intake process, Sarah explained our custom tailored individual treatment plan approach and Steve conveyed the innovation and impact of our academic department – which allows our clients to enroll in online college courses while undergoing treatment.

It was a great privilege and honor to meet with Mayor Peduto and Ms. Drogowski. We are already looking forward to hosting Ms Drogowski for a tour of Peniel. We are excited about working more closely with the Mayor’s office to develop opportunities to continue expand Peniel’s life-changing impact in this region.

The goal of Peniel is to see men and women’s broken lives restored and true change take place. Our aim is to send clients back into their communities prepared to live sober lives of integrity and purpose with the expectation of leading others in a positive direction. For more information, please contact Peniel at 814-536-2111 or visit our website,

PENIEL on “Sunday Magazine”

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s27777qPeniel Public Relations Director, Durean Coleman, was invited as a guest on the “Sunday Magazine”  radio talk show hosted by Jessica Taylor on Cool 101.7FM.

The two discussed the nature of addiction, the restoration Peniel offers for those that are struggling and Peniel’s outlook of hope for our community.

The full interview can be heard here.



“Peniel Love Lessons”

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Cathy Bodenschatz – Peniel Receptionist

When I joined the team of Peniel in October of 2013, I had no idea how radically my life would be changed.  I felt at the time, and still believe, that God placed me here.  At last, I would be able to give back something to those affected by the devastation of addiction!

But, oh… God had so much more in mind…  After being in the work force for almost 40 years, God in his infinite wisdom, had chosen to place me here, at Peniel, a place where I would be given the opportunity to observe, learn and grow…

I would learn so much each day and God was smiling!

I have learned that you can come into work slightly under the weather, and pray and God will give you strength to get through the day.  Call off sick?  I don’t think so.

I see that God will use those women who have no children to love and provide for his precious little babies.  This education on foster care has been invaluable to me.

I’ve learned that it’s totally, “not OK” for my husband to walk ahead of me and yes, you will open the car door for me now.

I have learned that the celebration of Communion is so much more than holding up a loaf of bread.  It is a time of repentance, coming before the Lord, in all your mess and saying, “forgive me. I am so sorry Lord…”

I now share with as many people as I can the adage, “do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do” and even have my husband sharing it as well!

I see the strength of mothers with little ones at daycare, who inspire me in such a tremendous, marvelous way!  YOU CAN DO BOTH and do it successfully and unto the LORD!

I know what it is to share a prayer concern and have someone say at that very moment, “let’s pray about it right now.”  Oh, what a blessing.

For the first time in my life, I’ve learned the importance of being “teachable”.  This was challenging at first but I know that God doesn’t want us to remain stagnant in ANY area of our life.  HE has strategically placed people in our lives to help take us to the next higher level for His glory.

I have come to see the importance of addressing someone properly.  “Yes sir,” and “Yes Ma’am” go a long way in the public sector.  Sometimes it is received with an odd look, but you know, “it’s the right thing to do.”

I have learned that you hold your head high IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.  Walk as a mighty, strong Woman of God.  There is no shame or condemnation.  Carry yourself with all the authority that the Lord God has given you and never look back!

Daily I have the privilege of seeing God’s miraculous, healing touch as he restores the hurting, the lost, the wounded.  I get to see the transformation as they develop into all that God has called them to be.DSC05234

While most people anxiously await retirement, I see folks in that season of their lives embarking on parenthood, again “because it’s the right thing to do.”  I see tremendous leaders on the front lines every day continuing to do what God has called them to do.  It’s just that simple.

“When God stops using me, then I worry.”   Just another wonderful nugget that I literally just received from one of my Peniel family…

A job?  No, this is an assignment.  Here I am Lord… thanks for sending me.