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2011 Beneficiaries

DIGNITY HOUSING

Dignity Housing’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness, by providing affordable housing, promoting self-sufficiency, and creating opportunities for homeless families and individuals.  Along with housing, education, social support and job opportunities, Dignity offers The After-School Program (ASP) to homeless children.  Being multi-faceted and youth-oriented. Dignity provides positive academic, social, and cultural activities to school-age youth every day, during the after school hours. ASP activities improve students’ skills and attitudes toward learning, and provide significant exposure to the arts and culture.  The ASP youth also play in the Dignity Drumline, which performs magnificent Brazilian-style drum entertainment throughout the city,  The Drumline will be performing at the 2011 Rittenhouse Square Flower Market.   Last year, they literally stopped the show.  Funding from the Rittenhouse Square Flower Market will be used to renovate ASP’s space, to serve more children and increase the range of activities.  For more information, visit www.dignityhousing.org.

CONKERR CANCER

ConKerr Cancer was founded in 2002, by Cindy Kerr, when her son was diagnosed with Cancer. To brighten up his room and help lift his spirit and imagination,  she began making extraordinary pictured and patterned pillowcases……. and then broadened making them for other children in the oncology Unit at CHOP.  The project now provides pillowcases to children with chronic illnesses all over the world.  In 2007, Cindy Kerr was awarded the grand prize in the Martha Stewart “Dreamers into Doers” contest.   Funds from this year’s Market will be used to purchase material and provide it to people who make the  pillowcases.   For more information, visit www.conkerrcancer.org

SALVATION ARMY OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia has nine Corps Community Centers in the Philadelphia area.  At the West Philadelphia Corps Community Garden, 100 children plant, maintain and harvest vegetables and herbs to be enjoyed by the surrounding community.  Funds from this year’s Market will be used to help provide environmental science labs for the children who work the garden.  For more information, visit www.salvationarmy.org

TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN

Turning Points for Children is the result of the 2008 merger of two organizations…………… the Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania (dating back to the 1800’s) and the Philadelphia Society for Services to Children.  Turning Points provides programs for families who are experiencing difficult economic and environmental odds.  The program provides after-school programs, family programs, teen-parent education and assistance to relative caregivers. The agency is now helping to connect children in foster care with family members, especially once they leave foster care. Funds from this year’s Market will be used for social workers to provide families in protective services with small basic needs.  For more information, visit www.turningpointsforchildren.org

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