LUTHERAN SETTLEMENT HOUSE UPDATES

Celebrate Survivors! 

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 dchiles@lshphilly.org or 215-426-8610 ext. 1246 and send your congratulations and warm wishes. Welcome, David!


.5k Fun Run Fundraiser on June 8th!

  • Do you like the idea of running, but not actually running? Join us on Saturday June 8th at 11:30am to help us kick-off Fishtown FestivAle with a .5k Fun Run Fundraiser benefiting Lutheran Settlement House. The name is longer than the race!
  • Tickets are $25 and include a t-shirt and a beer at the end of the “race” to help you re-hydrate. After the “race,” stick around all day and enjoy the line-up of incredible local vendors at Fishtown FestivAle.
  • Please contact Erica Zaveloff at 215-426-8610, ext. 1218; ezaveloff@lshphilly.org if you have any questions

 

 

Introducing a brand new LSH video!

Click to the left and watch our 2019 Women of Courage documentary short to learn more about the strong and resilient honorees recognized this year, and the services offered at Lutheran Settlement House.

 

 


 

 

 

2019 Women of Courage!

  • Our annual fundraising event, Women of Courage, will be held on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 8 to 10am at the Double Tree Hotel
  • Click here to purchase a ticket and click here to learn more about our sponsorship packages
  • Check back soon for more exciting Women of Courage announcements!

 

 

 

Check out LSH in the News!

  • Read about how we've strengthened partnerships with local businesses to help deepen the impact of our work, here.
  • Read about our how our new innovative Masculinity Action Project is redefining masculinity in the era of the #metoo movement, here.
  • Check back soon for more updates about our work and how to get involved!

 

 

 

Join us at Beer and Bingo for a night of fun for a cause!!

  • Beer and Bingo is a new FUNdraising event benefiting the Lutheran Settlement House holiday drive. Each year we help over 100 families enjoy the holiday season. Families who are food insecure, experiencing homelessness, or fleeing an abusive family member rely on Lutheran Settlement House to help bring some holiday cheer.
  • We hope you will join us for a night of fun for a cause! $25 gets you 3 drinks and 5 games of Bingo. There will be raffles and prizes from Fishtown businesses, and short presentations from LSH staff about the work we do and how you can get involved.
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The Lutheran Settlement House 2018 Annual Report!

  • This year amid divisive politics and uncertainty about the future, we at Lutheran Settlement House recognized that being an inclusive and accessible resource to our community is more important now than ever. Click here to read about the many ways we expanded our footprint to better serve Philadelphia's most vulnerable.
  • Our work wouldn't be possible without hundreds of generous supporters and volunteers. Your support helped older adults avoid isolation and connect to important resources, helped families escape a domestic abuser, helped adults pass their high school equivalency degrees and re-enter the workforce, and helped families experiencing homelessness find permanent housing. THANK YOU to every person who gave, volunteered, or attended an LSH event this past year. We're stronger because of you.
  • Want to see your name in our 2019 Annual Report?

Image of a man holding a microphone in his left hand while hold up his right hand in a peace sign. "Engaging men to prevent Domestic Violence, Men Can Rally. Save the date: October 10th, 2018. 11 am to 1 pm in the Board Game Art Park, 1401 JFK Boulevard"

Save the Date: Men Can Rally 2018!

Men Can is about bringing more men into the movement to end Domestic Violence. The Men Can rally is a place to celebrate all of the work to prevent Domestic Violence that has happened in Philly in the past year, and to especially recognize the efforts of one man who has played a powerful role in making our homes, neighborhoods, and communities safer. This year we will honor Paul Bukovec, the founder of Menergy. Come to the rally for the free food, entertainment, inspiring stories and speeches, and to learn how to get plugged into helping to prevent Domestic Violence and challenge toxic masculinity.
   

Three people in graduation cap and gowns smile while taking a picture of themselves.

Adult Education Classes in Community Schools

The Office of Adult Education, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Education, is partnering with community agencies – including Lutheran Settlement House – to provide adult education classes in each of the 12 community schools of the School District of Philadelphia. Classes include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language. As part of this partnership, LSH will be offering classes at William Cramp Elementary School and Kensington Health Sciences Academy.  
     

Image of LSH staff member, Toby Fraser, being interviewed on Fox29 news. Text reads "Free, confidential help available 24/7. Call 866-723-3014.

Recent Domestic Violence Deaths in Philadelphia

Toby, our Manager of Community Education, was on Fox29 talking about the recent domestic violence deaths in the city. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call our 24 hour hotline at 866-723-3014. We offer counseling, emergency support, and more. If you aren't sure how to process or respond to this violence, consider joining us here for a 40 hour training, or joining Toby and his team in a conversation about the impact of toxic masculinity. No one deserves to be abused, so let's help make sure we prevent this from happening again and again.
             

 

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

New 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.
                                                                                                                    Learn more about LSH's homeless services:

 

Staff member Meg Finley stands in front of a Lutheran Settlement House branded table with sign-up forms for those interested in joining LSH's Young Advisory Committee

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, ezaveloff@lshphilly.org, with inquiries about LSH's YPAC

 

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.”
     

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. For interest or questions about Men Can, please contact Toby Fraser at tfraser@lshphilly.org.

 


 

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.  

 

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