LUTHERAN SETTLEMENT HOUSE UPDATES
Meet Di and Caroline, Learner and TutorDi and Caroline can’t stop smiling. After 11 months of diligent studying together, Di has passed her High School Equivalency Exam. Both women live near LSH, Di in Kensington and Caroline in Fishtown. We spoke with the two of them to hear their perspectives on working as learner and tutor in the LSH Adult Education & Career Development Program. Read their interview here.
Lutheran Charities Donates $11,000Huge thank you to Lutheran Charities for donating such a generous amount to LSH programs. LSH is a proud member of Lutheran Charities, a network of five Lutheran social ministry organizations that empowers vulnerable children, adults, families and seniors to overcome life’s challenges and achieve their potential through quality educational, compassionate care and treatment services. The five core Social Ministry Organizations of Lutheran Charities offer specialized and customized support, encouragement and love to vulnerable people without regard to religion, race, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation, all made possible through the generous giving of those who love God and their neighbors.
Love Without Violence: Teen Art GalleryJoin the teens from the Lutheran Settlement House for an event to bring awareness to teen dating violence and showcase their talents! There will be free food, performances, workshops, and artwork. We hope to see you there! When: Thursday, February 9, 4-7pm Where: Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave.
Mark your calendars! Women of Courage 2017 is on Wednesday, May 10, 8:30am-10:00am at the DoubleTree.Women of Courage is Lutheran Settlement House’s annual fundraiser that celebrates the courageous spirit of remarkable women who have overcome obstacles and continue to advocate for the neediest in our community. Please join us in celebrating these women by sponsoring or purchasing tickets to this exciting event.
LSH Supporters give over $50,000 for 2016 campaignNot only did you help us exceed our goal, you also raised 13% more than last year with 2x more the online donations and a 12.5% higher average individual donation. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Earl, an Aria security guard for over twenty years, reached out and made Ursula feel safe.When Ursula gathered the courage to leave, she took herself and her children to Aria Hospital to spend the night. She had nowhere else to go. Earl connected her with Akea, one of LSH’s Medical Advocates stationed in hospitals across Philadelphia. Hear Earl and Ursula tell their story.
Meet Ursula. A mother of eight, Ursula is a survivor of domestic violence and childhood abuse.Ursula's ex-husband abused her physically, emotionally, and sexually. She had to escape. LSH provided Ursula and her children with food, housing, and other immediate needs. She worked through her trauma with one of our medical advocates. Hear Ursula tell her story, and donate today so that LSH can continue to serve women like Ursula.
Answering the Call to Service: The Mark Hudson StoryLutheran Settlement House, in partnership with Mark Hudson’s family, friends and colleagues, Lunchbox Communications and the Sheller Family Foundation, is pleased to present Answering the Call to Service: The Mark Hudson Story. This documentary aims to tell Mark’s story to help shine a light on the important, and frequently overlooked, issue of men experiencing domestic violence. Watch now.
We are thrilled to announce that Christine Stutman has joined the LSH family as our new Executive Director.Christine Stutman is a high performing non-profit executive with 17 years of experience working with and advocating for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised people. Christine began her career at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, where she held several roles ultimately becoming Vice President of Behavioral Health services. In 2006, Christine became the Deputy Director of Women Against Abuse. Her most recent experience was as the Associate Executive Director for Philadelphia’s Adult Behavioral Health services at NHS Human Services. Christine is excited to take this next step in her career as Executive Director of Lutheran Settlement House. The mission of helping people and agencies realize their potential has been a guiding principle throughout Christine’s career. Read more about Christine here.
Adult Education & Career Development Program Launches September Fundraising CampaignOur Adult Education & Career Development program brings together trained tutors with adult learners. While volunteers make the program much more affordable to run, we still have costs. That's why we are launching our campaign to raise $10,000 in September, in honor of National Literacy Month. Make a donation today!
LSH Interviews MEN CAN Leader Omar Woodard"What does it mean to love someone?" Omar Woodard, Executive Director of The Green Light Fund and leader of the MEN CAN Steering Committee, answers his own question: "not hurting them is crucial." Omar wants to change the conversation men have with each other about domestic violence. He first confronted the epidemic of abuse in college and graduate school, when three women he dated had experienced abuse. He connected with LSH's MEN CAN Campaign at our 2015 rally, and now plays an instrumental role as a volunteer for the 2016 campaign. Read more about Omar's story here.
Bilingual Domestic Violence Program Hosts 1st Annual Medical Advocacy SummitThank 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.
Sustainability First Friday Brings Together Environmentally-Conscious OrganizationsThe 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 & LuncheonOn 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!
LSH Interviews CHOP CEO, Madeline BellThe 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.
Women's Empowerment PanelThe 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!
Cooking, Bonding, & Eating TogetherOn 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!
Thank you to our 2016 #WomenofCourage Confirmed SponsorsJoin the ranks and support brave women by becoming a sponsor today!
Adopt-a-Dinner Donors Transform Meals at Jane AddamsThrough 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!