Spring 2004 Northern Home F O R C H I L D R E N 151 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES 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. JON BON JOVI AND SAMSUNG’S FOUR SEASONS OF HOPE TEAM UP TO HELP NORTHERN HOME FOR CHILDREN 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 TO OUR HOLIDAY DONORS 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 GlaxoSmithKlein 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. UPCOMING EVENTS Northern Home F O R C H I L D R E N Founded 1853 Northern Home for Children Annual Celebration 5301 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19128 215.482.1423 www.northernhome.org “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 FUN & FIELD DAY WILL BE HELD IN JUNE 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 prizes. 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. BOARD OF TRUSTEES 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 OUR MISSION 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. SAVE THE DATE! 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.
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