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 www.ThirdStreetAlliance.org 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 1955. 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 Volunteers 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 treasure! 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 Crayola 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 Foundation Julie LaBella Lafayette Ambassador Bank Students of Lincoln Technical Institute 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 Foundation David Veshosky Victaulic 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 Grants Contributions Special Events Bequests Rental Income Investment Total Revenue: $226,077.75 $138,149.46 $634,845.59 $128,505.60 $ 25,404.51 $ 34,896.79 $ 11,410.50 $ 93,154.97 $1,292,445.17 Operating Expenses Salaries $978,216.78 Program Expenses $120,433.31 Professional Fees $ 9,741.95 Occupancy $ 73,545.41 Operations $ 22,455.51 Insurances $ 17,524.00 Equipment-Repairs-Maintenance $ 12,309.37 Investment Fees $ 13,762.41 Total Expenses: $1,247,988.74 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. STAFF: 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 activities. 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. www.ThirdStreetAlliance.org Third Street Alliance launched a fresh new Web site in 2011, and ended the year with 41,974 site visitors.
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