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Newsmaker You Need to Know: Mary Bockovich

Get to know Mary Bockovich, a Canosnburg resident who runs a local nonprofit.

Meet Mary Bockovich of Canonsburg, who is the director of development and marketing at Familylinks, Inc., a nonprofit human services agency based on Banksville Road in Pittsburgh.

Previously, Bockovich worked for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Catholic Charities and other nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Bockovich is a graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, and later earned her degree from Duquesne University.

Here's what else you should know about this newsmaker:

When did you start working at Familylinks? I started at Familylinks on June 1, 2011.

Why did you want to get involved at the organization? I’ve always worked in the non-profit area and had a strong connection with social service organizations. I was familiar with the good work of Familylinks, so when the opportunity arose to join them, I took it.

How did you find out about Familylinks? When Parent Child Guidance Center merged with The Whale’s Tale in 2001 to form Familylinks, it was big news in our sector. Also, I have worked with several former Familylinks employees and learned about the organization through them.

What is the mission there? Familylinks’ mission is to provide integrated, family-centered services focused on behavioral, social and developmental health issues.

What people do you serve? We serve a broad spectrum of programs designed to meet the needs of many different populations. We have a specialized elementary school for children with autism and/or emotional and behavioral disorders. We provide service coordination for children and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as care management for older adults.

Through our behavioral health services, we serve children, adults and families struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. Through our youth and family division, we provide emergency shelter, independent living and workforce readiness programs for adolescents involved with the child welfare system.

We also provide the region’s only homeless shelter specifically designed to meet the needs of 18-21 year old young adults.

Editor's Note" For more information, visit www.familylinks.org.

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