Protecting Immigrant Survivors in Philadelphia

This month our Medical Advocacy SupervisorJessica Dubois, participated in Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office's press conference where DALarry Krasner, declared that Philadelphia is a city that protects immigrant survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. The press conference addressed the new national policy to deny applications of people seeking asylum based on Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. DA Larry Krasner invited domestic violence and immigration agencies to come together and assure immigrant survivors of intimate partner and domestic violence that there are many safe organizations, like LSH, to go to for support. Our doors are open to anyone seeking services regardless of immigration status.

Pictured: Jessica Collazo MSW, Case Management & Adult Programming Supervisor & Zachary Davidson, Housing Stabilization Specialist

Homeless Prevention and Diversion Program

LSH's new Homeless Prevention and Diversion program is designed to assist people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing. Zachary Davidson, the Housing Stabilization Specialist, provides case management services to tenants, including, employment and financial counseling, logistical support when moving, and supporting and crafting long-term household goals for stability and financial prosperity.

Outdoor Summer Yoga Series with Roots2Rise

Join us for our Outdoor Summer Yoga Series at our Fishtown office every Monday from July 16th through August 26th! We will host yoga practitioners of all levels on our beautiful deck. A $10 donation is requested to benefit LSH's Senior Center programming and Roots2Rise. Learn more here.


LSH Adult Learner, Pamela Russell, Graduates!

This June we watched our LSH adult learners cross the stage in the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma Graduation Ceremony. We were so happy to celebrate their accomplishments! LSH Adult Learner, Pamela Russell, participated in this year's citywide graduation and her educational journey was a recent feature in a Star News article.
LSH's Adult Education and Career Development's hard work was recently featured in an Al Dia article. To quote Farrah Parkes, Director of our Adult Education and Career Development Department, “We forget that the adults that are here today are the kids that were failed by the system.” Learn more about how LSH has been involved with the community schools classes.

3rd Annual STOP Intimate Partner Violence Summit

On May 22nd we hosted our 3rd annual STOP Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Summit alongside our hospital partner champions from Einstein and CHOP. The event brought together interdisciplinary professionals in our region who are dedicated to addressing IPV in medical settings. Panel discussions featured stories from IPV survivors and medical professionals spoke to the importance of screening for IPV and talking about healthy relationships during medical appointments.
The STOP IPV Program is expanding: LSH's Bilingual Domestic Violence Program has secured funding for an Outreach Coordinator position whose focus will be to bring in new medical community partnerships through trainings, technical assistance, regular consultations and staff support. Ultimately the Outreach Coordinator will improve screening, detection, and referrals for families impacted by IPV.

Thank you to our sponsors! Women of Courage 2018 takes place on Friday, May 18th, 8:30 am - 10:00 am 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 Philadelphia area community. Learn more about purchasing tickets or sponsoring the event.
This year we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Lutheran Settlement House's homeless shelter, Jane Addams Place. Lutheran Settlement House will honor Nikki Johnson-Huston, CEO and Founder of the Donafy App, and Liz Hersh, Director of the City of Philadelphia's Office of Homelessness Services. For questions about sponsorship or purchasing your ticket, please contact Erica Zaveloff at

LSH Men Can's Role in the #MeToo Movement

Lutheran Settlement House's Men Can program was recently featured in an ABC News article. Community Education Manager, Toby Fraser, and Lead Trainer & Community Educator, Richie Schulz, spoke to ABC News about their work to hold men accountable and dismantling toxic masculinity.
The Men Can program began 6 years ago and continues to organize community conversations on topics like racism, domestic violence, and toxic masculinity. ABC News covers Men Can's work with the community to transform the roots causes and dynamics that lead to sexual violence. Read the article here. For interest or questions about Men Can, please contact Toby Fraser at

Our third annual Women's Empowerment Panel was a great success!

Hosted at FS Investments in The Navy Yard, this year's Women Empowerment Panel featured talented and inspirational female identified professionals in Philadelphia. The panel was moderated by Councilwoman Helen Gym, and featured the 2018 Women of Courage honorees Liz Hersh and Nikki Johnson-Huston, and local community leaders Markita Morris-Louis, Ceciley Bradford-Jones, and Nathalie Richan.

Build Your Skills with LSH

Lutheran Settlement House offers trainings for professionals and community education workshops. Pictured here is LSH's 40-hour training for domestic violence advocates, an interactive and informative training offered by our Bilingual Domestic Violence Staff.
LSH provides trainings for professionals child welfare, health care, correctional, education, legal, and behavioral health, and social service fields. Trainings are designed to build the skills necessary to work with clients who may be experiencing violence in their relationships – from recognizing the signs, to providing a supportive environment to disclose, to understanding the resources available in Philadelphia.
In partnership with community organizations, faith groups, neighborhood associations, volunteer organizations, and civic clubs, Lutheran Settlement House also offers community workshops in order to raise awareness, build skills, and understand the dynamics that lead to violence. To request a professional training or community education, complete our inquiry form.

Connecting Education Levels To Poverty

Lutheran Settlement House's Executive Director, Christine Stutman, spoke to Comcast Newsmaker's Jill Horner about the connection between education level and poverty. Christine shared the important work being done in LSH's Adult Education & Career Development program. Watch the video here.  

LSH Offering ESOL Classes

We're excited to announce that our Adult Literacy & Lifelong Learning program will offer English as a secondary language classes starting January 2018! Those who are interested must attend an information session. For more information, please visit LSH's Adult Education & Career Development website:  

LSH Launches the Young Professional Advisory Council!

This Spring LSH launched its first Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC)! LSH hosted the YPAC kick-off event at La Colombe's Fishtown location. The Young Professional Advisory Council looks for talented and motivated individuals who are committed to supporting LSH's work.
Are you interested in contributing to the Philadelphia community by investing in your future and the future of LSH? Contact Erica Zaveloff,, with inquiries about LSH's YPAC

LSH and Partner Sites Provide 250 Turkeys for Clients in Need

Over two days beginning Monday, November 20th, State Senator Larry Farnese and Council Members Darrell L. Clarke and William T. Greenlee worked with LSH staff and volunteers from Aria Health Network and WalMart to hand out turkeys and Thanksgiving fixings to clients in need. The 11th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive provided over 250 Turkeys to the many clients Lutheran Settlement House serves.  

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