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2014 Beneficiaries

2014 RSFMCC Beneficiaries

The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities is proud to announce that the following organizations have been selected as beneficiaries for the 2014 Centennial Market:

THE ATTIC YOUTH CENTER:      Located two blocks from Rittenhouse Square, The Attic is Philadelphia’s only agency exclusively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  It provides a multifaceted approach to counteracting prejudice and oppression felt by LGBTQ youth, offering life skills programming, mental health counseling, support groups, HIV prevention and testing, and encouragement in community engagement.  Funds from the Flower Market will be used for the Mental Health Counseling program to hire additional part-time therapists, as LGBTQ youth are more at risk for mental health problems caused by family rejection and peer bullying.

KELLY ANNE DOLAN MEMORIAL FUND: Founded in 1976 by Peggy Dolan and her late husband Joe, after the death of their daughter Kelly Anne, who battled aplastic anemia and leukemia for five years, the couple decided they needed to give back to the community in response to all the support they received during their ordeal.  The Dolans saw other families lose jobs, homes, cars, utilities, telephones because of the time spent caring for their sick child and away from their employment.  In the 36 years of its existence, KADMF has assisted over 22,000 families with financial assistance for uninsured expenses, respite programs, holiday adopt-a-family program, in-kind donations of goods and gift cards, and information, education and advocacy.  Funds from the Flower Market will be used to provide financial assistance with essential uninsured needs such as rent and mortgage payments, utilities, transportation costs, adaptive equipment and uninsured medical expenses to approximately 20-25 Philadelphia families.

PATHWAYS PA:       Founded in 1978, this organization offers residential and community-based services for children, women and families in Philadelphia and Delaware counties.  It ensures safe, healthy development of children through Project Peace, a combination of workshops and in-home case management aimed at teaching nurturing skills to teen mothers ages 13-21; Center for Families, serving homeless women and children; Supervised Independent Living program, aimed at preventing children from entering the child welfare system while ensuring teen mothers are in education; and Transitional Living Programs, providing housing and case management for homeless pregnant and parenting teens.  Funds from the Flower Market will be used in the Project Peace program to supply books for teen mothers of 200 children in Philadelphia and teach the literacy skills to these parents to pass on to their children, beginning in the womb.

URBAN BLAZERS FOUNDATION: Founded in 2005, this organization provides opportunities for outdoor activities, at the same time building leadership skills for approximately 1,000 urban youth, who have limited access to nature.    Working through partner organizations, such as public and charter schools, mentoring programs and community centers, Urban Blazers provides weekly classroom programs, augmented by a monthly outing, such as hiking, rock climbing, skiing and whitewater rafting.  Funds from the Flower Market will be used to expand their Summer Experience Program by four community centers with two of the centers continuing during the school year with the Living Classrooms Program.  Both programs focus on teamwork and trust-building concepts, coupled with an outdoors outing, demonstrating these skills.

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