Northern Home Spring 2004

Spring 2004
Northern Home
Northern Home participants in the special Mayors' Reception left to right are: Lynne Hollinsworth, Northern Home Trustee; Peter Weedfald,
Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and New Media for Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Diandre Robinson; Jon Bon Jovi;
Nicholas Edmonds; and Anthony L. Celentano, Northern Home Trustee.
Northern Home for Children was included this year with three other
worthy Philadephia charities as a recipient of Samsung’s Four Seasons
of Hope, an innovative year-round national goodwill program benefiting
children and families. Samsung teamed up with Jon Bon Jovi, one of
the most popular and legendary names in the entertainment industry,
to bring some welcome holiday cheer to Northern Home, as well as
Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, Corporate Alliance for Drug Education
and Philabundance. To kick off this new partnership, Samsung and Jon
Bon Jovi made a very special donation of $25,000 to each of these charities.
“Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope has always aligned itself with worldrenown superstars to help children in need, and we are honored to
have Jon Bon Jovi, a superstar of both music and of giving, join and
benefit our ongoing efforts,” said Peter Weedfald, Sr. Vice President
of Strategic Marketing and New Media, Samsung Electronics America,
Inc. “As the official music of the Samsung’s Four Season’s of Hope,
Jon Bon Jovi will help us raise funds and awareness for the important
work being accomplished by all of our umbrella charities.”
“I am proud to be joining Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope, and want
to thank Samsung for the funds being donated today to support the
critical services being offered by these four Philadelphia-area charities,
which include an emergency shelter for kids, drug awareness and
prevention, child abuse awareness and prevention, and hunger
prevention,” said Jon Bon Jovi.
As co-owner of Philadelphia’s new Arena Football League expansion
team, the Philadelphia Soul, Jon Bon Jovi has adopted Philadelphia
and its people. He chose the four local charities to help enrich the lives
of Philadelphia and continue his longstanding tradition of helping in
his local community.
In addition to the funds donated at today’s event, additional money
will be raised in 2004 for each of the charities via Jon Bon Jovi personal
appearances as well as a major annual fund-raising event in New York
City in June.
New Buck Hall Houses Innovative Program
The construction is over and children are once again living on
the Northern Home campus. The Truancy Respite for Youth
(T.R.Y.) program is a project of Northern Home for Children,
developed with the support of the Philadelphia Department of
Human Services. T.R.Y. is an innovative opportunity designed to
meet the needs of the chronically truant child and their families,
through an intensive, short-term residential program.
The Truancy Respite for Youth program provides intensive
assessment, intervention and community linkages for children
between the ages of 10 and 17 who are chronically truant.
Using a strength-based model, Northern Home employs an array
of interventions that will meet the individual needs of the children
and their parents. The program is designed to be a short-term
intervention of 7-10 days, with the average stay anticipated to
be 8 days.
The Caroline Alexander Buck Residence Hall, completed last fall, is
designed to comfortably, safely and effectively house adolescent
residential programs. The children in the program are responsible
for making a strong effort, keeping an open mind to opportunities
for change, cooperating with the assessments, following basic
rules and participating in the program. Parents and caregivers are
expected to be active participants in the team and vital members
of the aftercare plan.
For information on the Truancy Respite for Youth program, please
contact program director, Dr. Christopher Lyon, at 215.482.1423,
Ext. 279.
It's no accident that the IKEA logo is blue and yellow. These are
the colors of the Swedish flag.
family, young and old. Together they can create a better everyday
life for everyone.
Many people associate Sweden with a fresh, healthy way of life.
This Swedish lifestyle is reflected in the IKEA products. The freshness
of the open air is reflected in the colors and materials used and
the sense of space they create: blonde woods, natural textiles and
untreated surfaces. In a climate that is cold and dark for much of
the year, these light, bright living spaces create the sensation of
summer sunshine indoors all year round.
Northern Home for Children is most fortunate to have found a
partner in Ingela Carlsson Borgesdotter, a retired IKEA executive
who helped establish IKEA in North America. Ingela provided the
link between IKEA and Northern Home for Children resulting in
IKEA generously donating most of the furniture, bedding and
accessories that were used in the new Caroline Alexander Buck
Residence Hall. In addition, all of the labor needed to assemble
the furniture, hang curtains and picture frames and complete
this enormous task was provided by Ingela’s personal friends
together with members of the IKEA Conshohocken team of
employees. We are most grateful to Ingela and her friends at
IKEA for their creative talents and kind generosity.
IKEA was founded when Sweden was fast becoming an example
of the caring society, where rich and poor alike were well looked
after. This is also a theme that fits well with the IKEA vision. The
products are child-friendly and cover the needs of the whole
Thanks for the incredibly generous outpouring of gifts during the
holiday season from the following groups and individuals to the
children and families we serve. Contributions included gifts, toys,
clothing, visits from Santa Claus, an arts and crafts workshop,
Philadelphia professional athletes and more! You all truly made
our holidays bright!
AT & T Wireless
Black Women of Essence
Evelyn Brown
Classic Management
Victor Croes
D’Angelo’s Caterers
Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia
Faith Community Church
Gary Barbera Dodgeland
General Building Contractors Association
Sue and Frank Graf
Tom Guano
Keystone Mercy Insurance
Nick Lampone & Janney Montgomery Scott
McNeil Pharmaceuticals
Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Mount Zion Methodist Church
National Penn Bank
Octagon Solutions
Paoli Presbyterian Church
PCOM Medical Students
Penn Distributors
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia Soul
Phillipian Baptist Church
Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Unisys Corporation
Ursinus College
Vanguard Corporation
Veterans Administration
Wyeth Client Services Help Desk
Rosemarie Hake (left), Northern
Home President and CEO and Tracey
Lavallias (right), Director of
Behavioral Health Services thank
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback, for his generosity
to our kids at Christmas. McNabb
filled food baskets and met and
signed autographs for the kids in
our Partial Hospitalization program.
PCOM medical students fulfilled the
Holiday Wish Lists for four families
in our SCOH program (Services to
Children in their Own Homes.
Employees of Keystone Mercy
Insurance Company cooked
Christmas dinner for our kids and
brought each child a special gift.
Far left: Ms. Sara Nam (right) and her
colleagues from McNeil Pharmaceuticals
brought Christmas gifts for many of
our children in foster care.
Left: Todd McKinney (left) from
Ursinus College brings Kevin Weber
(center), Director of Recreation and
Volunteer Coordinator, gifts, toys
and games for our kids.
Northern Home
Founded 1853
Northern Home for Children
Annual Celebration
5301 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
“A Piece of the American Quilt”
Wednesday evening, May 12, 2004
Kimmel Center – Hamilton Rooftop Garden
5:30 Elegant Cocktail Reception
8:00 p.m. Performance by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops
Anthony L. Celentano, Event Chairman
For information call Donna Bolno, 215.482.1423 Ext. 216
Having over six acres of open green space within Philadelphia is something about which Northern
Home is most proud. On Saturday, June 19, 2004, over 200 children and families served through
our Family Services programs will be able to enjoy our open space and participate in a day of outdoor
games, races, food, prizes, sports, celebrity and fun – fun – fun!!!
Thomas A. Vasoli and James Wyper III, Northern Home trustees,
will co-chair this event. Together with a committee of staff and
volunteers, the day will include field day events such as relay
races, long jump competitions, egg toss and carry and threelegged races. In addition, children will enjoy face painting
and arts and crafts as well as a moon walk, sports clinics and
a pony ride. Food will be served throughout the day and
everyone involved will receive commemorative T-shirts and
Local corporations and interested volunteers will assist throughout
the day and sponsors for the various events are being sought.
Interested sponsors or volunteers please contact Maureen Klein,
215.482.1423 Ext. 228.
Richard A. Bernardini, Chairman
Rosemarie Hake, President and CEO
Lisa Hunn Barber, Esq.
Christine E. Brown
Carlton A. Byrd
Donald X. Campbell
Anthony L. Celentano
Jamie Comiskey
Vipul Gupta, Ph.D.
Russell T. Hauer
Lynne Hollinsworth
Cristina A. Hug
J. Russell Johnson
Robert G. Karalius
James F. McManus
John P. Mensack
Charles Roller, III
Russell Rossi
Paul Rovner
Charles Stuart
Thomas Sulpizio, Jr.
Thomas A. Vasoli
Cynthia A. Zickel
William J. McDevitt, Esq., Solicitor
Northern Home Children’s
primary purpose is to provide
support to children and families
to aid them in achieving their
maximum psychological, social
and economic potential, while
fully respecting the dignity
and worth of each individual
and the integrity of the family.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Northern Home for Children
3rd Annual Benefit Golf Outing
Green Valley Country Club
Lafayette Hill, PA
Call Maureen Klein 215.482.1423 Ext. 228
for more information.
Newsletter Editor
Maureen Klein
For further information:
Please call 215.482.1423, ext 228.