LUTHERAN SETTLEMENT HOUSE UPDATES
A Statement on Black Lives Matter from our Executive Director and Board President
At Lutheran Settlement House, we believe that Black lives matter. We share in the love, heartache, and anger of protesters in Philadelphia, and across the country.
On Sunday night, the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd came to the block where our family shelter is located. The building next to ours caught fire and we were forced to evacuate the shelter. Our staff acted quickly, finding safe places for our families to stay. Fortunately, our building was not damaged and we welcomed our families back on Tuesday.
Our actions Sunday night reflect what Lutheran Settlement House has been doing since 1902: During a time of crisis, we make sure people are cared for and safe.
But now we, like so many others, must think about who we are and who we need to be. Our mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities. How can we accomplish this mission if Black people on our staff and in our community are subject to the physical, emotional, and economic violence of racism and white supremacy?
Through this lens, the deeper crisis was not the fire next to our building. The real crisis is a system of oppression that has sought to deny the humanity and dignity of our country’s Black community. It is the reason we must say that Black lives matter, to try to speak into existence something that should have never been questioned.
The crisis we are experiencing will not be over after the protests end and damaged buildings are repaired. True peace will come only when we reckon with the legacy of racism that has been passed down in our institutions and in our hearts, and when we take concrete steps to create a just society. Lutheran Settlement House is committed to this difficult work. It must be at the core of who we are. This is what it means to be caring, and this is what it means to keep people safe.
We are proud to stand against racism and white supremacy, and join groups like our sister domestic violence agencies, homeless service organizations, the Lutheran Church, senior services, food access programs, and all who work in solidarity with Black communities who face the violent reality of racism in America.
Join our Community of Courage!
We need your help. Like most organizations with spring events, COVID-19 has forced us to make different plans. We regret to inform you that we won’t be holding Women of Courage this calendar year.
Instead, we hope you’ll join us in supporting our Community of Courage Campaign. We set an ambitious goal of raising $50,000 by May 15th. The Campaign will help us continue all of our services to vulnerable children, adults, and families. It will also help us cover some our new costs like more food for the pantry, virtual services to domestic violence survivors, and home meal deliveries to seniors.
COVID-19 Precautions at Lutheran Settlement House
As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, Lutheran Settlement House is adjusting our operations to protect the safety of our staff and community while continuing to offer critical services for children, adults, and families in need. This is how we anticipate serving our clients for at least the next two weeks. During this time of uncertainty and strained resources, please remember us and those we serve in your thoughts and prayers. If you can afford to make a contribution during this time, we are grateful for the support.
–The Senior Center is closed until further notice, given how dangerous COVID-19 can be for older adults. We are staying in touch with our seniors by phone. We will also be delivering meals and food staples during the week.
-The Food Pantry will stay open. Food is a critical need for families, particularly at a time of economic instability, and we are committed to keeping this service available. The Pantry is open to everyone who needs it, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.
–Our Domestic Violence program will have a reduced staff on site to manage the hotline (866-723-3014) and respond to emergencies. Our other supports for survivors will transition to counseling over the phone and through video conferencing.
–Adult Education classes and programming will no longer take place in person. Our teachers have provided assignments and are available to support their learners over the phone during the usual class times.
–Jane Addams Place, our family shelter, will remain open, ensuring that our families have a safe place to stay. We are staying in close contact with the Office of Homeless Services should any quarantine procedures become necessary.
-To ensure the safety and well being of our staff, we are offering unlimited paid sick time off for staff with cold or flu like symptoms, and are encouraging staff to work remotely when possible.
This is a hard time for everyone. We are endeavoring to take care of our staff and clients, and we hope that you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones. There is a lot of anxiety about COVID-19, and we worry about our clients and those who are suffering. We also know that the health and economic burden of this crisis will fall most heavily on those who were already struggling. Lutheran Settlement House will emerge from this immediate health crisis even more prepared and committed to address the longer-term crisis, building a just community that respects the health, safety, and dignity of all people.
Join us for a night of fun for a great cause!
It’s time for our 2nd annual Beer and Bingo event! Join us for bingo, beer from local breweries, and prizes and raffles from local businesses! All proceeds benefit Lutheran Settlement House.
Tickets are $25 each and include 5 games of Bingo and 2 drinks. More of both will be on sale at the event.
Help Families Experiencing Homelessness this #GivingTuesday!
This #GivingTuesday, we’re making sure families experiencing homelessness find safety and hope at Jane Addams Place, our emergency homeless shelter for families. One night at Jane Addams Place costs LSH $40. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help 25 families spend at least one week off the street and in shelter.
During times of crisis, people rely on Lutheran Settlement House as a place where they can find safety, caring, and hope. Your gift helps make their future possible.
Masculinity Action Project in the News!
Our annual Men Can Prevent Violence Rally, our signature Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, was featured on NBC10 Philadelphia! Click the picture to the left to learn more about our work to engage men in addressing toxic masculinity, gender justice, and domestic violence prevention.
Interested in learning more about our work with male identified folks? Click here and learn how to get involved with our Masculinity Action Project.
Open House Meet and Greet!
Curious about David Chiles, our new Executive Director? Interested in learning more about Lutheran Settlement House? Wondering how you can get involved in supporting our work? Then join us at our open house meet and greet on Tuesday October 29th, from 6-8pm in Fishtown! Hear from David, Board members, and LSH staff, and enjoy light refreshments and great conversation!
Questions? Contact Erica Zaveloff at 215-426-8610, ext. 1218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Engaged in Gender Justice!
The Men Can Rally is a place to celebrate the work to prevent Domestic Violence that has happened in Philadelphia over the last year. We will hear from leaders and community members about the
ongoing work to make violence unimaginable in our communities.
Come to the rally and learn how to get involved, hear inspiring stories of men’s work to end Domestic Violence, and enjoy snacks, resources, and entertainment. Leave being plugged into the movement for gender justice.
Salud is Lutheran Settlement House’s annual event celebrating the strength, resilience, and courage of domestic violence survivors. Join us for an inspirational evening as we honor survivors and recognize our community partners for their commitment to advancing better services and rights for survivors. A special thank you to SugarHouse Casino for generously providing the delicious catering for the event!
Salud is free for survivors and $25 at the door (cash, check, or card) for all other attendees. Stick around after the awards ceremony for karaoke and networking!
New Training Opportunity!
Do you know someone experiencing abuse, or think they might be but you aren’t sure? Interested in learning how to help a friend, family member, co-worker or client? Join LSH’s Bilingual Domestic Violence Program on August 22nd from 1-4 pm for a training about the basics of an abusive relationship, survival strategies, as well as concrete skills for how to support someone experiencing abuse.
Participants will learn about empowerment counseling, safety planning, and resources for survivors. Trainings at Lutheran Settlement House center on an anti-oppression lens, and will explore how these topics are impacted by race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.
This training is offered on a sliding scale fee of $15-$25. No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.
Meet our New Executive Director!
The Lutheran Settlement House Board of Directors is thrilled to announce our new Executive Director, David Chiles. David is an incredibly dedicated, compassionate, and innovative leader who embodies LSH’s mission of empowering individuals and communities through groundbreaking programs.
David comes to us with over twenty years of experience and a diverse background in social services. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Providence Center, where he increased fundraising revenue by 125%, dramatically expanded their youth and adult education programs, and lead a successful capital campaign to purchase and renovate a new community center.
David is exceptionally prepared to lead Lutheran Settlement House into this next significant phase in our growth and evolution. From our mobile domestic violence counselors traveling to meet clients in convenient and safe locations, to our new shelter in north Philly housing families experiencing homelessness, LSH is pioneering a modern approach to our settlement house roots.
We all look forward to working with David and the LSH team during an exciting and important period for Lutheran Settlement House. Please join us in warmly welcoming David as our new Executive Director. We encourage you to reach out to him at email@example.com or 215-426-8610 ext. 1246 and send your congratulations and warm wishes. Welcome, David!