June 30, 2016 |
Cheryl Bembery Darden, 69, a former social worker in the Philadelphia court system who devoted her career to helping children, died Thursday, June 9, in her home in Altadena, Calif., from complications of multiple myeloma, according to her family. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Bembery Darden spent her early career with the Common Plea Court Counseling and Referral Unit, working with children. She worked under Grace Nash, who had helped her and her sister find homes as teenagers after their grandmother could no longer care for them, said her sister, Sharon Bembery.
May 20, 2016 |
Cynthia Figueroa is trying to figure out how to handle the new U.S. Department of Labor overtime regulations announced Wednesday that will take effect Dec. 1. Figueroa runs Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a North Philadelphia social-service agency. Under the new rules, enterprises will have to pay overtime to full-time workers who earn less than $47,476 - regardless of their responsibilities, regardless of whether they served as managers or as professionals, regardless of whether they were paid salaries, not hourly wages.
May 18, 2016 |
A life celebration will be held this month for Belle Parmet, 97, of Center City, a longtime social worker, who died in her sleep Saturday, April 30, at VNA Hospice of Philadelphia. She had lived in her apartment at the Philadelphian until several days before her death, visiting with friends and family, participating in book clubs in the building, and attending a family seder. She continued to read two daily newspapers - finishing the crossword puzzles over breakfast - watched current events on TV, and looked for ways to stay involved in local politics.
March 26, 2016 |
Telling a crowd of supporters that the civil rights of African Americans are more important than her arrest, social worker Nicol Newman announced Thursday that she wants a trial on her summary offense charge of disorderly conduct. Newman, 48, and her attorney, Michael Coard, had a brief appearance before city Trial Commissioner Marsha Floyd, where Newman rejected pleading guilty or going into a first-offender diversion program in connection with the March 9 incident at her home. Floyd set April 19 for a trial before a Municipal Court judge.
March 7, 2016 |
Gloria McIntyre Zucker, 73, of Mount Airy, a social worker, teacher, and counselor, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health after surgery for a newly diagnosed brain tumor. Ms. Zucker was such a fountain of energy that her death caught those around her by surprise, said her former husband, Steven Zucker, with whom she remained friendly after their divorce in 1981. She managed to juggle overlapping career interests in human services, education, and theology.
February 18, 2016
His name was Tymir. But he could have been Jayden, Jaquinn, Khalil, Nyree, Nylah, Aaron, or Albert, or any of the dozens of Philadelphia's children betrayed by their parents and then failed by the city agency charged with protecting them. It's been 10 years since 14-year-old Danieal Kelly starved to death in a squalid Mantua apartment while in the care of the city Department of Human Services. In those 10 years, a new narrative has emerged for DHS, one of a chastened agency that has moved to correct its failures.
February 7, 2016 |
A memorial service is planned in May for Elizabeth MacLeod Scattergood, 98, a retired social worker, who died Sunday, Jan. 17, of Alzheimer's disease at Kendal Crosslands in Kennett Square. Mrs. Scattergood, known as "Betty," had been a longtime resident of Germantown. Born in Nova Scotia, she graduated from high school in the Canadian province of New Brunswick before moving with her family to New York state. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1936 from Tusculum College in Tennessee and a master's degree in 1947 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
January 8, 2016 |
Helen L. Cooke, 65, of Erdenheim, a teacher who during a second career supervised a program to feed as many as 5,000 Philadelphia seniors in their homes, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, after a long battle with oral cancer. Mrs. Cooke died at Keystone House, a hospice in Wyndmoor. At the nonprofit Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), Mrs. Cooke was assistant director for health and nutrition services. For most of her 25 years with the agency, she oversaw the delivery of in-home meals to the elderly as well as the hot lunches served at several dozen senior centers throughout Philadelphia.
December 3, 2015 |
Unis Uthedra Francis, 82, of Southwest Philadelphia, a Jamaican émigré whose belief in hard work and education fueled a rise from nurse's aide to social worker, died at home Saturday, Nov. 14. "My mother was determined," daughter Elaine Hansom said. "She was just really a hardworking woman. " Born in Watermount, Jamaica, Mrs. Francis was the third child of Altimont George and Emeriah Whyte. The Whytes instilled in their daughter bedrock values - faith in God, service to community, and love of family - but above all were hard work and the importance of education.
November 5, 2015 |
Sister Mary Peter Kerner, 79, a teacher and social worker who found ways to help those living on society's fringes, died Saturday, Oct. 31, of a stroke at Assisi House in Aston. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 58 years. Born Frances Victoria Kerner in Philadelphia, she graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. Sister Mary Peter earned a bachelor's degree in English from Neumann University in 1970 and a master's degree in social work from the Catholic University of America in Washington in 1976.