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ACHIEVA has presented Father Stephen Kresak its annual Excellency in Advocacy award for helping learning-disabled siblings who have worked their entire adult lives obtain medical coverage and retirement benefits along with improving their house and showing them how to take better care of themselves and their house.

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Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Noteworthy: ACHIEVA, a local nonprofit that helps people with intellectual disabilities, has given Kresak its annual Excellence in Advocacy award for helping a pair of adult siblings who have a learning disability obtain retirement and medical benefits. He also helped them improve their home so they could stay there when they retire, and he showed them how to take better care of themselves.

Age: 42

Residence: McKeesport

Occupation: Kresak is pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport.

Background: Kresak is a Stowe native and has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years. He worked for a medical insurance company before entering the seminary and was ordained as a priest in 2005. He started working with ACHIEVA through Catholic Charities.

Education: Bachelor's degree in communications from Duquesne University and a Master of Divinity from St. Vincent's Seminary near Latrobe

Quote: “The entire situation was about helping them improve their life and getting them secure for their older age.”

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