March 30, 1999 |
Reaching out to a Northeast Philadelphia community where welfare reform is expected to hit hard, the Mayor's Office of Community Services yesterday opened a family center in Frankford, the agency's second such center citywide. The third-floor office, inside a historic mansion that houses the New Frankford Community Y, will do more than help struggling parents earn high school diplomas or prepare for the job market, said Gail Greene, agency executive director. It will give underprivileged teenagers a place to learn about computers; help older residents complete applications for public aid; and give troubled parents a place to pull themselves together.
July 2, 1994 |
Philadelphia's plans to create Family Centers at three public schools received a major boost when officials were notified yesterday that the city would receive $650,000 to establish and expand the centers. The city will receive $250,000 to establish a Family Center at the Pickett Middle School that will provide social and health services for families in that Germantown neighborhood. The city will also receive $400,000 to expand two child development centers into Family Centers at the William McKinley Elementary School, at Norris Square, and at the Commodore John Barry Elementary School, in West Philadelphia.
September 19, 1986 |
Booth Maternity Center, the 18-bed hospital in Overbrook that has been a pioneer in maternity care for the past 15 years, has been sold by the Salvation Army. It was bought for $2.85 million by Maternal and Family Activities Inc., a non-profit agency that was organized to purchase and operate the hospital. The hospital, at City and Overbrook avenues, will be renamed the John B. Franklin Maternity Hospital and Family Center in honor of Booth's late medical director and co-founder.
June 12, 1997 |
It's not new, really. Nor is it commonplace. Over the years, I've covered my share of dead newborn stories - tragic tales of infants discarded. I still remember the Asian baby found whimpering in the trash bin of a Bucks County apartment laundry room . . . And the newborn tossed out of a window on a winter afternoon by a teen who gave birth silently and alone in the bathroom - with her unsuspecting parents on the other side of the door....
June 14, 1990 |
The Upper Main Line Young Men's Christian Association has been on a mission since 1962 to help all people develop in mind, body and spirit. Now, 28 years later, the YMCA has done a bit of soul-searching and fund-raising to focus its own inner strengths. The $750,000 raised by the YMCA through its capital campaign last year was used for the renovation and expansion of the 83-year-old carriage house that was built by J. Gardner Cassatt (brother of impressionist painter Mary Cassatt)
April 9, 1989 |
The Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn has initiated a $1 million capital campaign to finance an expansion to begin next year. "The strategic planning of our staff and board of directors led us to realize that we are using all of our space every day," said John P. Greenauer, the executive director of the Y. Greenauer said that enrollment in many of the Y's programs are filled immediately after they are offered. This, he said, "generates conflict and bad will. " Instead of constructing new facilities, the Y plans to renovate two structures - the indoor "A" pool and the Carriage House.
May 26, 2000 |
Traditionally, at the heart of home is family. At the heart of Colonial Gardens apartment complex is the Family Center. A two-bedroom apartment featuring video and computer equipment, movies, books, board games, and art supplies, the Family Center is a public meeting place, open to all residents of Colonial Gardens for after-school and special programs, many in cooperation with the Bucks County YWCA. Funded by a Pennsylvania State Family Service System Reform grant awarded to the Y three years ago, the Center holds teen programs - Y-Teens - headed by certified teachers and other professionals, according to Betty Tatham, executive director of the Bucks YWCA.
February 16, 1994 |
Any doubt that the city Department of Human Services has finally escaped its long-running state of siege and crisis all but vanished yesterday at its annual budget appearance before City Council. Led by Council members Happy Fernandez, Joan Specter and Michael Nutter, this year's session involved a relatively mild discussion of how DHS could become the city's tool for preventing the breakdown of families. The only criticism focused on the Rendell administration's failure to go ahead with setting up an experimental family center - a neighborhood-based hub of services for families in trouble.
November 16, 1989 |
For her 20 years of helping drug-dependent pregnant women and their infants, Dr. Loretta P. Finnegan today will be presented the MCP/Gimbel Award, given annually to a woman, usually from the Philadelphia area, for outstanding humanitarian achievements. After serving as chief of newborn services at the old Philadelphia General Hospital, Finnegan moved to Thomas Jefferson University, where, in 1976, she founded the Family Center. She is director of the center, which provides comprehensive medical treatment, counseling and professional assistance for addicted mothers and their babies.
January 26, 1989 |
Lois Shalla speaks in a frantic voice as she describes the frustration of many parents upon hearing yesterday of the fate of Franklin Maternity Hospital. "We feel like there's been a death in the family. " Franklin Hospital, which for the past 18 years has been dedicated to bringing forth life, is bringing those years to an end tomorrow. That's when it will start cutting back operations to prepare for a total shutdown in about 10 days. Shalla said she and others who had children at the hospital and attended its family programs are planning a rally there at noon tomorrow for one last attempt to save what she said has been more than "a hospital we go to to have babies.