Women of Courage is an Annual Awards Ceremony and Lunch that Celebrates Spirited and Resilient Women

LSH works with incredibly varied age groups and personalities. Between our different departments, we saw a need to bring all of the strong women together to acknowledge how important they are to their communities. From escaping violent partners to carving out a path for women in business, to helping the homeless or overcoming homelessness themselves, these women inspire us in unique and profound ways.

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The 2016 Women of Courage Award Honorees

Karen Hudson, 2016 Community Advocate Award Recipient
Karen is the Program Leader of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Homeless Health Initiative (HHI), and is a strong and passionate advocate dedicated to eliminating health disparities among children and families experiencing homelessness.    
Wendy Hamilton, 2016 Visionary Leader Award Recipient 
Wendy is the General Manager of SugarHouse, is known both for her business savvy and strong support for the Philadelphia community. Under her guidance, SugarHouse has worked closely with our employment program, and has financially supported LSH’s major capital renovation project.      




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Thank You to our Generous Women of Courage 2016 Sponsors!




Two Women of Courage "Pay it Forward"

Click here to view Tamron Hall, 2015 Women of Courage honoree, showcase the work of Karen Hudson on the TODAY Show. The incredibly moving segment details Karen's work as the leader of CHOP's Homeless Health Initiative, profiles Jane Addams Place, and even features a surprise mural dedication in the hallway of LSH!



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Meet our 2016 Women of Courage, Ursula, Tracey, Marge, and Althea!


  These four resilient and powerful women will receive the Women of Courage Purple Ribbon Award, Spirit Award, Dignity Award, and Perseverance Award for their continued dedication to their community, ability to overcome adversity, and their strength in spirit and character. We are so fortunate to have them as a part of the vibrant, diverse LSH community.  

Tracey, Dignity Award Recipient

Tracey resided at Jane Addams Place for five months with her children. Throughout their entire stay at Jane Addams, Tracey worked dedicatedly to save money and support her children. Her daughter Brianna remained on the honor roll throughout her entire homeless episode! She also designed and facilitated a peer-led empowerment support group. Through her hard work, Tracey was able to find housing, and even after leaving the shelter, Tracey continued to facilitate the empowerment group for several months. Tracey has achieved a better life for herself and her family, and invested in her peers at Jane Addams Place, so that they can all feel empowered to courageously take control of their lives the way that she has.  

Ursula, Purple Ribbon Award Recipient

      Ursula has been working with one of LSH’s medical advocates at Aria Hospital for three months. She entered the program having just left an abusive partner, yet managed to keep herself and her three children safe and together as a family. She has a dynamic and charismatic demeanor and a fierce resolve to protect herself and her children. Ursula has over-achieved in attaining her goals: she has enrolled her children in counseling, and now has an internship with Career Wardrobe, where she can interact with and inspire others in similar situations to hers. Ursula’s 16-year-old daughter recently had a baby, and Ursula strives to be the best mother and grandmother that she can be.    

Marge, Spirit Award Recipient

    Marge is a valued member and volunteer at LSH’s Senior Center. Her willingness to volunteer her time and energy is invaluable; she is always there to step up and lend a hand whenever and wherever is needed. She assists handicapped members with daily activities and distributes food every Tuesday. Marge is also an active member of the Fishtown community. She is a fixture at local children’s events during the holidays, and is heavily involved with the veterans in the area. Marge is a breast and colon cancer survivor, and cares deeply for the people around her.            


Althea, Perseverance Award Recipient

    Althea completed our Community Education and Employment Department’s Customer Service training program, and is currently participating in our Workplace Writing Boot Camp. Despite being in less than ideal circumstances, Althea maintains a sense of optimism, hope, and determination that is nothing short of amazing. She has a strong belief in herself, in her potential, and the potential of others that is inspiring and contagious. Althea is a positive force in the classroom, providing feedback, support and encouragement to her fellow participants. While in the program, Althea earned a Certificate in Customer Sales and Service, got a part-time job, and gained a new level of confidence and a sense of purpose.        

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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, which serves as a pre-cursor to Women of Courage, 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.
The inspiring panelists, Karen Hudson, Wendy Hamilton, Catherine McKnight, Valentine A. Brown, and Berta Aldrich stunned us with their eloquence, passion, and heart. Thank you to Lorraine Ballard-Morrill for lending her talents as the moderator of the panel and Duane Morris Pro Bono for so generously supporting & hosting the event. And of course, thank you to all of the courageous women who attended!