Bilingual Domestic Violence Program Hosts 1st Annual Medical Advocacy Summit

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first annual Medical Advocacy Summit! The event brought together hospital professionals, lawyers, social workers, and other leaders in their fields to share ideas, successes, and models of medical advocacy. By turning our hospitals into safe havens, we can work to stop intimate partner violence.

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Sustainability First Friday Brings Together Environmentally-Conscious Organizations

The Fishtown Star recently profiled Luthernan Settlement House's first ever Sustainability Open House. The event was part of an ongoing effort to collaborate with local organizations, raise awareness about environmental issues, and engage the community. The event was led by the LSH Food & Farming after-school program and LSH’s Hungry 2 Healthy Initiative, which hosts a community healthy food pantry, operates the LSH Urban Farm, and distributes meals to low-income seniors.    


11th Annual Women of Courage Award Ceremony & Luncheon

On Wednesday May 18th, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) held its 11th annual Women of Courage Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, during which Jennifer Lewis-Hall of PHL17 acted as the Master of Ceremonies and Mayor Kenney gave the opening remarks. Women of Courage raised over $110,000 to support and empower community members. Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, attendees, and honorees!

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LSH Interviews CHOP CEO, Madeline Bell

The 11th annual Women of Courage Awards will honor Karen Hudson, Program Leader of the of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Homeless Health Initiative, and is fortunate enough to have CHOP as one of its sponsors. We sat down with her in March to discuss woman in leadership, why she started a blog, and the origins of the Homeless Health Initiative. To read the full interview, click here.


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LSH Executive Director Kelly Davis on Comcast Newsmakers

Click here to view the segment about Women of Courage.

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Women's Empowerment Panel

The Women's Empowerment Panel, served as a pre-cursor to Women of Courage and gathered women from a variety of different backgrounds with different life experiences to share stories of strength, wisdom, and struggles that they have had to overcome. Click here to learn more about the powerful event. Space is running out! If you haven't already, purchase your ticket for this year's Women of Courage event here!



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LSH is Hiring Teens to Participate in Summer STAR Leadership Academy

Summer STAR is a service learning program that teaches teens ages 14-18 about healthy relationships and develops leadership skills to prevent teen dating violence in our communities. All participants earn $7.25 per hour. This program is made possible through a partnership with Philadelphia Youth Network and WorkReady Philadelphia. Click here to learn more.    


Cooking, Bonding, & Eating Together

On Thursday, March 17th, we celebrated our 2nd monthly Fishtown Community Dinner at LSH! We had a blast cooking and enjoying stew and Irish soda bread. Thanks to Thrivent Financial for making this meal possible and to the Fishtown Star for writing this wonderful article about it!                

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Thank you to our 2016 #WomenofCourage Confirmed Sponsors

Join the ranks and support brave women by becoming a sponsor today!


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Adopt-a-Dinner Donors Transform Meals at Jane Addams

Through our brand new Adopt-a-Dinner program, generous individuals have been purchasing meals for the residents of our Homeless Shelter for moms and kids, Jane Addams Place. And they have been delicious!

Senator Farnese Profiles LSH: 1st District Difference Makers

Check out the video that the hardworking individuals over at Senator Larry Farnese's office created featuring Executive Director Kelly Davis!



Lutheran Settlement House featured on the Today Show!

On the Today Show, Tamron Hall (2015 Women of Courage honoree) celebrated Karen Hudson (2016 Women of Courage Honoree) and her work with CHOP's Homeless Health Initiative as part of their "Pay it Forward" series. The piece also unveiled a new mural in the LSH entryway that will serve as a permanent fixture to remember and honor Karen's son, Mark Hudson, who was lost to domestic violence.



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LSH Champions Goes Live

Through a simple monthly contribution you guarantee that community members continue receiving the supports they need to lead safe, healthy lives. Members receive monthly programmatic updates, swag, and directed communications so that they can build meaningful connections and know what their support means to the community members LSH serves. Join today!  


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LSH 2016 Women of Courage Honorees Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Wendy Hamilton, General Manager of Sugarhouse, and Karen Hudson, leader of CHOP’s Homeless Health Initiative, will be honorees at our 2016 Women of Courage Award Ceremony and lunch. Both Women are brave visionaries that exemplify strength and courage in their fields. Click here for more information. 





Medical Advocacy Program Featured on NPR/WHYY's The Pulse

We couldn't be prouder of our Medical Advocacy team, who work inside hospitals to ensure patients who are being abused are properly identified and supported, for being profiled in this piece about Intimate Partner Violence in hospitals. Thank you to Maiken Scott for illuminating a complicated issue we care so deeply about.




LSH Receives Barra Award for Second Cycle in a Row

Lutheran Settlement House could not be more grateful to receive the Barra Award. The award comes with a grant for $50,000 and rewards exemplary nonprofit organizations that demonstrate leadership, performance, and adaptability. LSH is one of 40 Philadelphia organizations to receive the award for the 2016-2017 cycle.





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LSH Celebrates Thanksgiving with over 200 Donated Turkeys

Lutheran Settlement House, with the help of elected officials Senator Larry Farnese, Council President Darrell Clarke, and Councilman William Greenlee, distributed dozens of Turkeys to the community members we serve in need, generously donated by Walmart, and fresh veggies donated by Greengrow Farms. Happy holidays!





$1.5 Million Renovation Project Culminates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The $1.5 million dollar finished construction project provides our Senior Center with a brand new first floor facility equipped with a community food pantry, commercial-grade Demonstration Kitchen, and healthy living deck. Additionally, the building has a completely renovated entryway, ensuring that the services we provide to our DV clients take place in the calmest, most secure environment possible. Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilman Greenlee, a representative from Senator Casey's office, PCA, LISC, individuals from our Senior Center, and local businesses joined us in celebrating the momentous event.




Thank You to Everyone Who Attended the 2015 Men Can Rally on October 1st, 2015

The 2015 Men Can Rally was a powerful event that gathered over 250 people and empowered them to prevent family violence! We cannot express how grateful we are to our Bilingual Domestic Violence Department and our LSH team for putting on this event, to our sponsors for making it possible, and most of all to the activists, performers, politicians, speakers, and attendees who made this rally powerful. Thank you! With your help, we were able to encourage men to stand up to family violence and lend visibility to this important issue in our community.



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