Third Street Alliance for Women and Children 2011 Annual Report

Third Street Alliance
for Women and Children
2011 Annual Report
Third Street Alliance
for Women and Children
41 North Third Street
Easton PA 18042
Improving the quality of life
for families in our community.
41 North Third Street, Easton PA 18042
PH: 610-258-6271 ~ FAX: 610-258-2112
Mansion with a Mission
The agency operates in the original
Herman Simon House in downtown
Easton, built in 1902 and now on the
National Register of Historic Places. The
adjacent Bixler Building is circa 1920, and
the main building's annex was added in
From its beginning in 1909 as a
grassroots YWCA, the organization served
the community and worked to meet the
needs of a changing world. In its earlier
days, it provided opportunities for physical, mental, and social
development and offered rental rooms for many women migrating
to the area. In the 1980's, it became a human services agency,
taking on the new problems of homelessness, child care for working
families, and the care of older adults.
Third Street Alliance is dedicated to providing vital
community programs, including a proactive and supportive shelter
Fifty-three individuals made a world of difference in 2011 –
our volunteers! Finding good volunteers is like panning for gold, and
like those elusive gold nuggets, the ones we found have been worth
so much! Thirty-eight applications of interest were received in 2011,
and 12 were placed into action. The time and effort our volunteers
gave to The Learning Center, Sharing the Caring, the shelter
program and in general administrative help was priceless. We
received support from groups as well, such as Engineers Without
Borders, who have traced every electrical circuit in our buildings so
that the correct breaker box can be found if lights go out; and Girl
Scout Troop 892, who supported our Community Days by helping
the children with arts and crafts. Employees from EPS Financial
Services arrived weekly during the summer and fall to assist with
needs in both child care and adult day services. Other groups were
Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Waldheim School, Cedar Crest Culinary
Club, and Lafayette College Landis Center. Six volunteers worked to
fulfill their time needed for community service, church and school.
Thanks to the efforts and technical expertise of volunteer
Kathleen Kunsman, the organization created and launched a fresh
new Web site in 2011.
We appreciate all of our volunteers – their time is truly our
for homeless women and their families; compassionate and
stimulating adult day services for a fragile population and their
caregivers; accredited child care serving ages six weeks through
twelve years; and affordable activities and resources to support
healthy lifestyles and benefit all ages.
2011 Board of Directors
Andree Johnson, President
Tony Shekari, Vice President
Joyce Mitman Welken, Treasurer
Kelly Clifford Rambo, Secretary
Judy Matthewson,
Executive Director
Kenneth Briggs
Diane LaClair-Hepburn
Maureen Koehler
Jacqueline Matthews
Carolyn Moyer
Beth Seetch
MaryEllyn Voden
"A-List" Contributors
Third Street Alliance is grateful to all of its donors,
and especially recognizes these supporters who have
made gifts and pledges of $1,000 or more for 2011-2012.
Anonymous Friends
Air Products and Chemicals
American Legion Brown &
Lynch Post 9
Drs. Suzette Barreto &
Daniel Mascarenhas
Kevin Blease
Brown & Brown Insurance
Brown-Daub Foundation
Charity Golf Classic
Chevy 21
Church & Dwight Employee
Giving Fund
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Embers & Emeralds
Follett Corporation
John Freeman & Laurie Caslake
Mr. & Mrs. L. Anderson Daub
Mr. & Mrs. William John Daub III
James Deutsch
Mr. & Mrs. Harold Ealer
Robert Freidl
Rebecca & George Gelles
Jeremy Hylton & Tara Gilligan
Guardian Life Insurance
Highmark Blue Shield
IronPigs Charities
Jeff Dailey Memorial Foundation
Andree Johnson
Just Born
Keystone Nazareth Charitable
Julie LaBella
Lafayette Ambassador Bank
Students of Lincoln Technical
Jacqueline Matthews &
Walter Toomes
Judy & Jim Matthewson
Merchants Bank
Carolyn & Steve Moyer
George Naumann
PNC Bank
Kelly & Bill Rambo
Rip’s Chip and Putt
Patricia Smiley & William Miles
Sovereign Bank Foundation
St. John’s Lutheran, Easton
St. John’s UCC, Nazareth
The Century Fund
The Couturiere Workshop
The Morning Call
Tioga Foundation
Two Rivers Health & Wellness
David Veshosky
Joyce & Lloyd Welken
From the President…
As community and countrywide economic challenges
continue, the Board of Directors and staff of Third Street Alliance
believe our people-oriented programs are important and fiscally
responsible alternatives to the current and future spending of
personal and tax dollars. We are proud of the positive impact our
programs have on the community.
Sharing the Caring, our adult day services program, provided
care to 28 clients in 2011 at a cost of no more than $800 per month.
The cost for these same clients to be cared for in a nursing home
would have been approximately $3,000. Moreover, it is impossible
to place a price on the satisfaction of having a loved one stay in the
care and companionship of family members as long as possible.
Our accredited Learning Center provided educational
experiences designed to instill a love of learning to 164 children from
six weeks to 13 years of age at an average cost of $600 per month per
child. The cost of holding a high school drop-out in a juvenile
detention facility averages about $3,500 per month; and the cost of
having a child choose or be pushed into a life of unfulfilled potential
is immeasurable for both family and community.
The Resident Housing program provided shelter to 109
children in 2011 at a cost of $555 per family, regardless of the
number of children in the family. To remove a child from a family
and place him or her in foster care would be approximately $2,000
per child. Few of us can imagine a more tragic situation than the loss
of a child due to economic hardship.
We are thankful to our many volunteers and donors who have
entrusted us with their time and treasure. Without them we would
not be able to make such a difference to the future as we support our
clients in their current time of need.
Andree Johnson, Board President
Financial Statement
Sharing the Caring
The adult day program is a social model serving older
adults with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other age-related
disabilities. In this homelike setting with compassionate staff,
clients engage in stimulating and fun activities including crafts,
games, music, exercise, pet therapy and more. In 2011, Sharing
the Caring served 28 clients aged 59-95, with more than half
being low income. Seven clients received family grants to help
offset their attendance costs.
Nutritious snacks and lunches are prepared by staff in
the onsite kitchen for the child and adult day care programs,
and attention is given to special dietary needs. Menus are
reviewed by a volunteer certified licensed dietician.
Sharing the Caring is also used as a valuable learning
tool for shelter residents, where as volunteers, women gain
useful social skills and employment experience that can be
applied at work and in life.
"While I'm at work,
I don't have to worry
about my Mom or
her well-being, and
she's so much happier."
~ Sharing the Caring
Family Member
Operating Revenue
Program Fees
United Way
Special Events
Rental Income
Total Revenue:
$ 25,404.51
$ 34,896.79
$ 11,410.50
$ 93,154.97
Operating Expenses
Program Expenses
Professional Fees
$ 9,741.95
$ 73,545.41
$ 22,455.51
$ 17,524.00
$ 12,309.37
Investment Fees
$ 13,762.41
Total Expenses:
A copy of the official registration and financial information for Third Street
Alliance may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by
calling 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
Judy Walters, Director of Finance
Paula Ream, Director of Development
Rick Thomas, Director of Information Technology
Paula Panovec, Director of Resident Housing
Katie Wolf, Director of The Learning Center
Mahpareh Fakhraie, Director of Sharing the Caring
Rick N. Thomas, Maintenance Supervisor
Emigh Allison, Marketing Associate
Community & Wellness Programs
The beginning of 2011 saw the end of a 55- year-old
The Learning Center
The child care program
tradition with the permanent closing of our pool activities.
experienced tremendous
With expensive repairs looming and mandated ADA
growth in 2011, nearly tripling
requirements that could not be met, we said farewell to an
enrollment. A new infant room
aquatics program that spanned three generations. Our hope is
opened in October, and the
to repurpose the pool building, a project that will take time and
acquisition of two new
a financial campaign to help us research and address the needs
passenger vans helped to
of the community. Land-based programs and facility rentals,
provide convenient transportation for children to and from six
once part of the Wellness Department, will continue under the
area elementary and middle schools. The Learning Center
direction of administration. The Alliance lends meeting space
served 164 children from 102 families in 2011, with more than
to area organizations, recovery groups, and cooperates with
75% being low income. The Alliance assisted 4 families by
neighboring churches in an annual effort to serve holiday
providing enrollment grants for
meals through a program known as Jacob's Christmas.
7 children, helping to bridge the
The year-end Adopt-a-Family program saw its most
successful year ever, providing holiday gifts for 143 children in
66 families—gifts donated by dozens of contributing families
and organizations. Several holiday wish list drives were
conducted by local businesses and churches, resulting in a
plentiful restocking of supplies for
the shelter and our programs.
Santa's Workshop at the Alliance
hosted 24 families for an afternoon
of fun and affordable gift-making
gap while they wait for benefits
from Child Care Services. The
program continues to maintain
national accreditation by NAEYC
and Pennsylvania Keystone Star
Four rating. The Learning Center serves a diverse group of
children and families, and offers a nurturing, creative
environment where kids are encouraged to learn and explore at
their own pace. The children often visit the agency's adult day
center to share crafts and other activities, which presents a
unique intergenerational experience for everyone.
Shelter Services
Prospective residents go
Whatever situation might bring a woman to the
Alliance - domestic violence, poverty, pregnancy, substance
abuse, mental health issues - she will have an opportunity for
a new start and a better life.
and a caseworker assists the
women with work opportunities
and completion of their
education if needed.
"You helped change my life, as well as my daughter’s.
I remember being so scared of staying in the shelter, yet it
quickly became home. That was the first place I had felt
safe in a very long time.”
~ 2010 Shelter Resident
Third Street Alliance has operated its resident shelter
program since 1985, providing emergency and transitional
housing for women with or without children. The Alliance
provides women with basic needs, counseling, employment
and education assistance, and 24-hour support staff.
Families are provided with
food and personal
necessities to get them
stabilized, and women have
the opportunity to make a
long range plan that
encourages them to
overcome the obstacles that brought them to the shelter,
while allowing many of them to stay close to their existing
support systems.
through an intake procedure,
A resident is given a
separate room for herself and
her family, while sharing
communal bathrooms, a kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities.
Sheltered families also have access to enrolling their children in
our onsite child care center as they work to rebuild their lives,
obtain employment or go to school. Our objective is to guide
women and their families on a path to self-sufficiency.
The shelter program collaborates with the area's Valley
Youth House, Catholic Social Agency, and Northampton
County's departments of Human Services, Drug and Alcohol,
and Youth and Family Services. In 2011, Third Street Alliance's
Resident Housing Program provided 14,291 nights of shelter,
serving 85 women, 5 men, and 109 children.
Third Street Alliance launched a fresh new Web site in 2011,
and ended the year with 41,974 site visitors.