The Neighborhood Advocate

Special Delivery Helps Keep Families Safely Home This Thanksgiving

Tri-County YAP's Kelly Joyce (L) and Talayna Bowersox (R)

Some Central PA families will be safely home and eating well this Thanksgiving thanks to a special delivery from some Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. employees.

Tri-County YAP’s Donald Banks (L) and Kelly Joyce (R)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, YAP is a nonprofit in 29 states and the District of Columbia that provides community-based services as an alternative to youth detention, group homes and congregate treatment facilities.

YAP Tri-County’s Terri Robinson (L) and Kelly Joyce (R)

The Harrisburg-based YAP Support Center, which is the administrative hub of the national nonprofit, worked with Tri-County YAP and the YAP Dauphin County Family Clinic to identify 25 program participants and their families who could most benefit from the Thanksgiving gift baskets.

“They were full meals, so it was awesome. Especially with the pandemic, we’re grateful to be able to provide them this year,” said Tri-County YAP Program Director Kelly Joyce, who gave shoutouts to the YAP Support Center, Chief Information Officer Cliff Kubiak and Chief Human Resources Officer Naomi Frazier for making the donation possible. “And no worries, we were socially distant before and after the pictures,” she added with a smile.

Tri-County YAP’s Kelly Joyce (L) and Rebekah Moss (R)

This month marks YAP’s 45th anniversary. For more information on YAP and how you can support the nonprofit’s work, please visit


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