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We are thrilled to announce that Christine Stutman has joined the LSH family as our newest 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!