We support Fircrest School 
				and all that's good about it. Philip and Sophie Scheier Longtime Advocates and Members of Friends of Fircrest and Action DD Pass Within Weeks of Each Other.
     Federal Way Washington, February 5th 2017 --
Philip R. Scheier died Sunday February 5, 2017 at age 101. Born in Morristown, NJ, he flew 65 missions as a bomber crewman in World War II, served as a newspaper editor in suburban Boston and as editor of the Jewish Transcript in Seattle.
      He is remembered for his love of family and of Israel, his service to the intellectually disabled, and his great love of life. He is survived by a son, Robert Scheier (Mary-Lou), and a daughter Mary Stevenson (Jim); four grandchildren, Josh Stevenson (Sharon), Judah Stevenson (Sarah); Jon Stevenson, and Julia Scheier (Emily) as well as three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Sophie, and a son, Lawrence.
      Graveside services will be 2:30pm February 9 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bellevue.
     Federal Way Washington, January 9th 2017 --
Sophie Scheier,  (Bernstein) Lovingly Remembered Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at age 93 on Jan. 9, 2017, in Des Moines, WA. Sophie, who was born in Chelsea, Mass., on Sept. 16, 1923, was a graduate of Chelsea High School and Burdett Secretarial College. Her career included working for the War Department in World War II, chief secretary in the Physics Department at Brandeis University in Waltham, and administrative assistant at the Seattle Housing Authority. She and her husband Phil lived in Waltham until moving to the Seattle area in 1975. Sophie is survived by her husband of 68 years, Philip R. Scheier of Federal Way, WA; children Mary (Jim) of Tumwater, WA; Bob (Mary- Lou) of Swampscott, MA; grandchildren Josh (Sharon) of Kent, WA; Judah (Sarah) of West Seattle; Jon (Bronwyn) of Tumwater; Julia (Emily) of New Hampshire; great-grandchildren Fiona and Molly of Kent, and Leo of West Seattle; her sister, Pearl, of Framingham, MA, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Lawrence, by her brother Mike, and by her sisters Selma and Helen. Sophie asked that donations be made to the Homeless 2 Renter program at Temple Beth Am, Seattle, 2632 NE 80th St SE, Seattle WA 98115.

      They were both once very active FOF Board members.  Individually and together, they were wonderful guardians for their son, Larry, and strong advocates for all the RHC residents whom we have defended. Even after Larry's death, Phil, especially, stayed in touch, showing up whenever he saw that FOF needed support that he could give.  I find myself smiling as I remember Sophie's wry humor and Phil's in-your-face, pull-no-punches writing style.
       -- Saskia Davis, FOF Board of Directors
Fircrest School is a residential center located on 85 acres of wooded and open spaces, within the city of Shoreline, Washington.  

Fircrest School is a full service, therapeutic community serving a diverse population of about 220 residents with developmental intellectual disabilities.  Campus based, it features shared homes within a skilled nursing facility and an intermediate care facility.  Centralized medical, therapeutic and recreational services are provided in both programs for long-term residents as well as for people who need short-term, respite care or crisis intervention.  Each resident's care is individualized as determined by an interdisciplinary team which includes the person's guardian or parent.

The Fircrest nursing home program (NF/IDD) is the only federally certified skilled nursing facility in Western Washington licensed for the long term care of people with developmental, intellectual disabilities.  It provides individualized health care and activities for people with unique medical challenges.  Repeatedly, the program has been named one of the nation’s top nursing homes by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provides individualized habilitative services that support and enhance each person's skills and strengths.  This includes individualized adult training work programs and recreation, both on and off campus. Fircrest School is close to major medical and educational facilities that support the individuals who live at Fircrest School.  Its location allows residents the opportunity to participate in many of the sporting, cultural and outdoor events held in the Seattle area.

Why is it important to have Fircrest as part of a continuum of care?
      “We are very happy with and grateful for Fircrest. It was a lifesaver and a wonderful place for our daughter. For the first time in her life she can say she has friends. She has wonderful activities that would have been impossible for us to provide on our own or for her to access through living in a group home.
       And last but not least, due to her complex and sometimes impulsive and dangerous behavior, with her living at Fircrest we can now sleep at night knowing that she is safe.”
          ...Parent of Fircrest resident.

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