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ACHIEVEability parents and children celebrated Black History Month on Tuesday, February 16th with a performance by Mlanjeni Magical Theater. For the third consecutive year during Black History Month, the theater company put on a show for our ACHIEVEability families. This interactive show with puppets, song and dance told of African folklore and history from ancient African empires to modern day, and was a fun time for the nearly 20 children and parents in attendance.
Toward the end of the month of February, for ACHIEVEability pre-teens and teenagers, we will host a viewing of the movie, Brotherly Love, the story of a Philadelphia high-school basketball player, his sister and their older brother who face life-changing decisions as they struggle to make something of themselves.
“Our findings suggest that the ACHIEVEability model does work in helping to promote self-sufficiency,” said University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Therese S. Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP, the Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation.
Housing Policy Debate recently published a study on the effect micro-neighborhood conditions have on adult educational attainment in subsidized housing. Dr. Richmond served as the study’s senior author.
For this study, the researchers were interested in knowing if the location of subsidized housing had any impact on whether or not its residents were able to accrue educational credits. "The results suggest that the micro environments immediately surrounding residents of subsidized housing do matter. Making even modest improvements in the blocks on which affordable housing units are located could have a major impact on the pace at which residents make educational progress,” said Dr. Richmond.
Thank you to our many donors who supported this year’s Holiday Gift Drive. Because your support, more than 400 children in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and local West Philadelphia community received gifts.
Sponsors who supported this drive fulfilled wish lists provided by each child, totaling more than $20,000 in in-kind contributions. Donors this year included Anthropologie, Arcadis,Dechert, Ernst & Young, Franklin Square Capital Partners, The Hoff Family, Jones Lang LaSalle, PECO, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, members of our Board of Directors and various individual donors. For more information about donation drives and volunteer opportunities please visit our volunteer page.
On Saturday, December 12th ACHIEVEability held its annual Holiday Party for families in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and local West Philadelphia residents. This year's event was themed "Despicable Me" and even included an appearance by one of the Minions! More than 100 parents and children attended the party which was held at St. Matthew AME Church in West Philadelphia.
The Holiday Party was a festive celebration featuring delicious food and many interactive activities. Families in attendance had fun with arts and crafts, dancing, face painting, a moon bounce and raffle prizes. The event was topped off with a special appearance from Santa Claus.
Thank you to all ACHIEVEability and Mission First staff who volunteered their time and energy to make this party a great success. A special thanks to Akilah Abdul-Rahman and Jessica Falk of ACHIEVEability for managing the event. We also want to thank the following volunteers: Mark Deitcher of Mission First and his family, Gary O'Rourke and Julie Carter of Mission First, Jack O'Brien of Morgan Lewis and his wife Jennifer Lutz, who tutors ACHIEVEability children, and former Philadelphia Police Officer Doug Paige who has played Santa for the past four consecutive years.
In addition, we want to thank Herrs Food, Inc., Mariposa Food Co-Op, Metropolitan Bakery,Olive Garden, Wawa, and Wendy's for providing in-kind donations and discounts to the Holiday Party.
For the fourth consecutive year, employees from Grant Thornton volunteered their time and energy to help ACHIEVEability prepare a home for a new family.
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