April 20, 2020  
 Hello Again!

COVID19 has not held us back! 
Our staff have continued to remain very busy! 
In this issue of The CORA Connection , learn about our new season of Professional Development Workshops, our programs accepting new clients, our all-new Family Resource Line, and meet a board member!


But first, an important message from CORA's CEO ...

     Just as I have been providing weekly State of the Agency updates to CORA's staff, I have encouraged my staff to provide regular updates to the CORA community. During this time when our regular routines have been interrupted and individuals and families may be struggling with the new normal, we are open for you and your loved ones. W e welcome your inquiries and requests for guidance and support. 

     For nearly 50 years our agency has evolved in response to the needs of our community and this is no different. In the spirit of Sr. Charity and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, our caring employees will do all they can to accommodate your needs and help you and your family navigate these challenging times. 

     We have increased our capacity to accept new clients. One of the many important areas we are accepting intake is in our Clinical Services Division - check out the video below from CORA's Clinical Supervisor for Drug and Alcohol Services.     

AnnMarie Schultz
President & CEO, CORA Services

Do you identify as a person in recovery?
Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services - Intake Line Open + Accepting New Clients Over Phone/Video!

CORA understands how challenging COVID-19 can be to the recovery community, therefore, we have opened our intake line and are accepting new clients, providing these much-needed services over the phone and through video.

IPS has gone

CORA's Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) program is specially designed for youth, ages 10-17, who are struggling with behavioral issues. Our program includes group counseling, individual counseling, and case management.  We are excited to share that this program is now being offered 100% virtually and we are ready to accept new clients today! 

For more information, or to see if your child qualifies for this program, please contact CORA today.

CORA offers Professional Development Workshops? 

We offer a broad range of professional development opportunities to equip professionals in the educational, social services and psychological fields to do their work effectively. 

In the next few weeks, we will be releasing our new schedule of workshops, tailored to help you grow professionally.  Our workshops, usually held in our beautiful Fox Chase building on Verree Road, will be offered virtually for you this spring!

We still have two workshops remaining this academic year, 
before the new 2020/21 schedule is released. Register now!

Next On Deck:

Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Families and Communities
Novel Approaches to ATOD Education for Youth and Families
Presented by David Fialko, Certified Prevention Specialist
The Council of Southeast PA, Inc.

Self-Injury to Self-Injurious Behaviors:
Assessment, Treatment and Interventions
Presented by Troy Brindle, LCSW, Springfield Psychological

Stay tuned to our upcoming newsletters for the highly-anticipated launch of the 2020/21 Professional Development Workshops!

If you are interested in participating in one of our popular workshops ( we typically sell out!), or are simply interested in learning more about our Training Center, please contact Erica Dura, M. Ed. Administrator at:
Phone: 215-342-7660

Scan below to be taken to our Training Center webpage:


It's a Family Affair!

Meet Mary Kay McGettigan,  CORA Board Member 
  1. How long have you been connected to CORA?
On and off for 27 years! My first introduction to CORA was as a student in 8th grade at St. Matt's. I vividly remember taking a yellow school bus to CORA for career day (The Career Development Resource Program still exists today). I wanted to be a chef at that time, and my task that day was baking brownies for the group. I still love to cook and have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen during this quarantine. I was reintroduced to CORA and started working as a camp counselor for a few summers in college - such a blast! It was so much fun working with the kids every day and I made some life-long friends and memories: the infamous barn deck, playing spoons, nature walks in Pennypack, tetherball, how great the pool felt on hot days, and of course our unforgettable Camp CORA parties and talent shows!
About 6 years ago, my brother Don and his wife Mary enrolled their kids at Fox Chase Early Years. At that point we became involved with CORA as a family, attending various shows and events. My sister-in-law, Mary, was the first to join the Board and thought I would make a good addition to the Advancement committee as they planned their annual CORA for Kids Golf Classic. WMMR was locked in as a sponsor, and I had worked there after graduating from La Salle for several years. This coincidence was awesome, and in June 2016 I volunteered at the golf outing and fell in love with CORA and its mission all over again. I officially became a Board member the following December and currently chair the Advancement committee and am on the the golf committee along with my brother.
        2.What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?


"Meet people where they are." I do my best to understand what someone's values/needs/aspirations are and connect with them in a way that is meaningful. Just this week I read a quote reiterating that point: "We are all in the same boat. We are not all in the same storm" and it really spoke to me. We are coexisting in this world, but each of our experiences and day-to-day life can look very different. It's so important to realize that most situations are not one-size-fits-all. I definitely try to think about that and consider 'where people are' in my interactions with others.  


3. What do you enjoy most about being a member of CORA's Board of Directors? 


At CORA, children and families are the heart of the matter. Everything we do, every decision we make - is done with the mission in mind. I had a personal affinity for CORA from my time as a student and then as a camp counselor. When the opportunity presented itself to become more involved on a professional level, I really jumped at the chance. I saw first-hand over the years the impact CORA made on individuals and families; serving thousands and thousands in our region every year. It is incredible to play a small part in that big picture.



Image: Mary Kay's CAMP CORA ID Badge from 1998!

4. What program at CORA would you consider to be your favorite?

This is such a hard question! I'll say that I've been most closely associated with Early Years due to my nieces and nephew attending Fox Chase. Also, my full time job is in Alumni Relations at La Salle University, where there is also an Early Years program on campus, and I've visited the classrooms, met so many of the children and attended their graduations. Exemplary programs, staff and kids all around.
5. What dream or vision do you have for CORA?

CORA has an excellent reputation in Philadelphia & surrounding counties, but with our 50th anniversary coming up in 2021, I would love to see our name recognition grow even more! When I talk to people about CORA who have never heard of the organization, they are simply amazed by all of the programs offered and number of people served annually. I am happy to donate my time and money to CORA, as much as I am able. Connect with CORA - you won't regret it!  

"Union is, in fact, your defense and your support, and by the strength it gives you, you will extend your branches far and wide. Look at the universe, there is only one sun which warms and unifies it. It is the same for you, your sun is a single heart." 
- St. Mary Euphrasia, Conferences , p. 501

  CORA is always in need of unrestricted funding. Our current priorities are: 

1) Ensuring our clients and any children or families who need us receive services.
2) Capitalizing on the skills and talents of our staff to ensure they remain gainfully employed.
3) Providing emergency support families with needs as a result of the COVID crisis.     

If you are in a place to make a gift to support our important work supporting families and strengthening communities, we'd greatly appreciate your generosity, especially at this time of uncertainty. Thank You!  

Our Family Resource Line launches this week! 


Speak with a CORA employee live and ask questions related to the following topics:
  • Academic Support - Have a homework question? Let our educators help!
  • Parent Consultation - Experiencing new behaviors while your children are home that you want help addressing properly? Get a counselor's advice!
  • Community Resources - Need help accessing basic needs? Our case managers can help!
Questions related to homeschooling your child/children, supporting them or other family members emotionally during this time, or accessing help in meeting your basic needs, or needs that have arisen as a result of COVID-19? We are here to help!

For more information,  email 

ATTENTION Philadelphia Landlords and Tenants:

Are you experiencing conflict? 

There is NO COST for landlords and tenants seeking to resolve disputes during the COVID-19 crisis, and  you can do so safely from your own home with Good Shepherd Mediation Program through your phone, computer or tablet. If you are looking for resolution prior to the courts resuming operations, then mediation is an option.

Learn more or schedule a virtual mediation session by contacting the Good Shepherd Mediation Program today:

215-843-5413 ext. 228

Updates and Resources

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 Crisis, and have put together a list of helpful resources and articles. 
You can find them by visiting our  website: 

You will find resources such as:
How to Resolve Landlord/Tenant Conflict
Virtual Recovery Support and AA Meetings
Supporting Children during COVID-19
Successful School Routines at Home
Advice for Newly Remote Workers
Emotional Health Support
Finding Free Meals
Free Activities
And much more!

CORA Free Events
 In addition, CORA has been using
Facebook Events as a means of connecting you to exciting events and educational activities for all ages. From taking a Virtual Reality 360 swim with a sea turtle, to teaching children how to add and subtract, we've thought of it all for you. 

See below for an example of just a few of the many events we have lined up for you and your family. 


CORA Services
8540 Verree Road
Philadelphia, PA 19111

View  our career opportunities here.
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