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The Community Services Office quarterly Town Hall Meeting took place on Saturday, May 14th at Anderson Multicultural Center. More than 50 local West Philadelphia residents were in attendance.
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Deputy Police Chief Myron Patterson and License & Inspection Commissioner David Perri addressed matters including funding opportunities for individuals and businesses, business development in Wynnefield, issues with abandoned cars, houses and lots, crime prevention strategies, the zoning permit process and property maintenance code.
On Saturday, May 14th, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program hosted a Mother's Day event for the hardworking single mothers in our program. Nearly 20 families attended the event which focused on healthy lifestyles. In addition to sitting down to a healthy and nutritious brunch, all of the mothers received a special Mother's Day gift bag including a mason jar with healthy mason jar salad recipes.
The event was topped off with a Zoomba class in which the mothers and their children participated.
ACHIEVEability families are 97% female headed households. Each of these amazing women come from very diverse backgrounds with a multitude of challenges. Yet, through perseverance and a foundation of support provided by our program, our mothers continue to overcome life’s obstacles and become better parents, work toward their educational and financial goals, and ultimately, create paths toward success.
35 years ago a group of pioneers organized to improve the future of low income, single homeless parents in West Philadelphia. This group was originally known as Philadelphians Concerned About Housing (PCAH), and their dream was to provide a safety net of comprehensive support services and housing for women and men seeking to break free from homelessness and poverty. ACHIEVEability was founded on the importance of providing families with the tools and resources needed to attain higher education, develop careers and become homeowners.
Fast forward to today. Our programs have strong outcomes, are considered “best practice” in the field, and are praised for their impact. A strategic alliance has been formed with Mission First Housing Group that strengthens our ability to reach even more families, and to grow ACHIEVEability’s community engagement and services agenda. We have a strong and influential board of directors and an extraordinary, compelling staff that delivers every day for children and families.
Perhaps most importantly, we have all of you - our friends, partners, funders, volunteers. You are champions for this work and we cannot do it without you! Please continue to share your energy, resources and amazing passion so that together we can change the trajectory of poverty - one family at a time. Thank you so much for being with us!
Executive Director Wanda Mial was recently interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers in Washington D.C. The conversation focused on communities with high levels of poverty and the challenges faced by residents residing in these areas, and ulimately, the work ACHIEVEability is doing to address these issues. Mial stated that these communities "are ridden by crime, challenged schools and really difficult conditions for families to thrive." Please click here to see the interview.
Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN) and ACHIEVEability (ACHa) are proud recipients of Philadelphia Business Journal’s first ever Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection Award. This award honors the partnerships among for-profit and nonprofit organizations that help the city of Philadelphia. The 25 winners were chosen based on monetary donations, social impact and community involvement that has taken place in the last 18 months.
For many years, URBN has served as a strategic partner for ACHa by enabling positive organizational outcomes through the provision of in-kind donations, capital contributions, and many volunteer hours.
Within the last 18 months, URBN has hosted the 2015 ACHa annual fundraising gala, Food for Thought. In addition to hosting the event, URBN provides in-kind contributions and numerous staff volunteer hours, which has helped our organization raise more than $210,000 in gross revenue. For eight consecutive years, URBN has hosted ACHa’s annual gala, helping to raise a grand total of nearly $1.5 million in gross revenue over the course of that time.
URBN has been an active participant in the ACHa Backpack Donation Drive for the last three years, collecting more than 400 backpacks and school supplies in 2015 alone. These backpacks supported 250 school-age children in the ACHa Family Self-Sufficiency Program and 150 children in the greater West Philadelphia Community.
URBN granted ACHa capital contributions as part of the City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Business Privilege Tax Credit Program. Also, Anthropologie, one of URBN’s brands, participated in the ACHa Holiday Gift Drive this past December, providing in-kind contributions of wrapped holiday gifts for more than 200 ACHa children.
URBN and ACHa have been fortunate to partner with each other since 2008. URBN believes ACHa’s mission to permanently break the generational cycle of poverty for families in Philadelphia.
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