Spring Forward

Dear SOWN Friends, 

As we jump into Spring, we want to share with you our latest SOWN news. Thank you for your interest and support! All over Philadelphia, seniors and their families are able to count on SOWN’s essential community empowering services. 

The Spring session of SOWN's Philly Families Read Together is underway at Harrington Elementary and Comegys Elementary! The kids and grandparents are reading Beautiful Oops!, an interactive book that shows a mistake can become an opportunity to make something beautiful. SOWN's Philly Families Read Together students use an instructional learning activity of free drawing to remind them to trust their instincts and let imagination be their guide. 

Click here to read Philadelphia Corporation For Aging's article detailing the vital work of social workers in caring for older adults. SOWN's own Nancy Morrow, MSW was interviewed for the article. The busiest woman we know, Nancy is a social worker, lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, strategic consultant and grantwriter at SOWN. No matter the day of the week, Nancy is focused on improving the lives and well-being of older adults. 

SOWN is excited to be a grantee of the Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity's Promise Zone Sustainability Fund! The West Philadelphia Promise Zone is a place-based federal anti-poverty initiative enacted by President Obama in 2014. The Promise Zone addresses challenges faced by people living in deep poverty and ensures that the ZIP code a person is born in does not determine their future. SOWN provides in-person support groups at University Square and Angela Court as well as telephone support groups to the residents of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. 

Please say hello to Christina Klos, SOWN's new Case Manager/Community Engagement Specialist! Christina is working in our GrandFamily Resource Center, supporting our clients with referrals to social services. Christina also is doing outreach in the Philadelphia community to recruit new grandfamilies in need of SOWN’s essential social services provided free-of-charge. Welcome aboard, Christina!! 

"Recognized as the first Pennsylvania provider of teleconferencing mental health services for older adults, SOWN helps approximately 800 individuals every year. Its Grand Family Resource Center, which recently expanded with help from the William Penn Foundation, offers initiatives designed to help participants make new connections, promote love of learning, and make nutritious food choices..."

SOWN was honored to be designated a 2022 Impact100 Philadelphia Core Mission Grant Awardee, focusing on our work with Philadelphia families. Read this Impact100 Philadelphia grantee spotlight on SOWN!

Thank you again for your support of SOWN! 


Marypat Tracy 

Executive Director 

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