Palooza is...

Our Organization

Palooza is a community-based, 501(c)(3) not for profit organization started in 2011. Our focus is on creating educational and social opportunities for adults with disabilities to develop and enhance life skills, pursue hobbies, and explore personal interests.  We began providing programming in 2012 in literacy, arts and crafts, gaming, and cooking.  The program offerings are steadily expanding and will soon include fitness and community involvement.  Palooza is supported through donations, housed in borrowed space, and staffed by volunteers.  Our dream is to have our own facility so these exceptional adults can flourish at their own pace and in their own place.

 

Our Mission 

We believe that every person has talents and experiences they wish to share and express with others.  We believe that adults with special needs should be embraced for who they are, encouraged to share their talents, and appreciated as valuable members of their community. The mission of Palooza Activity Center, Inc. is to create an environment in which these exceptional adults have the opportunity to form and foster friendships, build community connections, share their talents, and develop skills that will enrich and support their adulthood.   

Our Staff

Our staff is a team of passionate and devoted professionals who are committed to building  a community organization that provides welcoming and fun opportunities for our exceptional young adults.  They have a very real and vested interest in our mission because they share a  strong common bond.  They are parents of children with exceptional challenges and are determined to help them successfully navigate their future.

Susan Clare is our executive director.  Prior to staying home full time to raise her children, Susan worked for many years in the insurance industry and for a large nonprofit organization in New York City, in accounting and administration.  She is very active in her church, volunteering her time to several organizational committees and teaching 3rd grade Sunday School.  When not working on Palooza or volunteering at church, Susan enjoys time with her husband and her two young adult sons. 

Jackie Mullock is our program director.  Jackie is an educator, coach, and mentor, and has diverse experience working with and teaching children and adults of all ability levels, ranging from preschool to university.  She has volunteered with many organizations, and is presently committing her time to Harmony Theater, Inc., a theater company for adult-aged individuals with developmental disabilities.  Jackie is married to a great guy and the mother of two lively, beautiful, unique young adults!

Lisa Ruth is our membership and volunteer director.  Lisa graduated from Penn State with a BS in Elementary Education and has had the great privilege of working with children and adults in many different settings over the past twenty-five years.  She is happy to have the opportunity to work with our exceptional young adults and hopes that her own personal experiences as a parent of a child with cerebral palsy will enhance the program and inspire others to get involved.

Our Location, Hours and Fees

Our office is located at 944 Sturgis Lane, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002.  

Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 302 Spring House, PA 19477

Our activity and event schedules, as well as their locations vary.  Please check the Programs page for more information.

Our fees vary based on the activity and event.  Please check the Programs page, FORMS section.  Each activity and event description form includes the fee.

Contact Us 

You are welcome to contact us during office hours, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, or by email on the Contact Us page, directing your message to one of the following:

  • Susan Clare, Executive Director, 215-740-5583
  • Jackie Mullock, Program Director, 267-644-6372   
  • Lisa Ruth, Membership and Volunteer Director, 215-872-2686