April 2017
Carrying on the Tradition            
Stacy Leonard, Lisa DeGori, Aimee Rosenfelt, Michelle Lodise and Gen Walker in Angers,France
One of the best things about CORA is the incredible ownership our employees take of their programs, projects and positions in the community. Whether working directly with a client or student, interacting at a staff meeting, or talking about CORA in general, our people display an immense sense of pride in their work and enthusiasm about the agency and its mission. In fact, the dedicated women pictured here are currently in Angers, France, where Sister Mary Euphrasia founded the Sisters of Good Shepherd during the French Revolution, on a week long retreat learning about our history, to help us shape CORA's bright future while remaining true to our roots. 

As I mentioned in our March issue, earlier this month, CORA was lucky enough to host a retreat for the CEOs of all of the other Good Shepherd organizations from across the country and Canada. It was wonderful to hear from them, not just how much they enjoyed getting to know us and our programs, but how clear it was that the work we are doing truly reflects the Good Shepherd mission of dedication, rehabilitation and education for at-risk populations.

Next up for our team is CORA's 5th Annual Family Festival on Saturday, April 22nd from 11-3. To see our mission-driven staff in action, please join us for this fun and very important tradition that allows CORA to connect with the community and gives families a chance to get to know us better, while we all encourage and enjoy our youth together. Thanks very much to all those who have generously donated to or sponsored the event! I can't wait to see you there.

Connecting with and investing in the local community is a part of who we are at CORA and one connection we are particularly proud of is our partnership with the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. In the spring issue of their magazine, inBUSINESS (pg. 20) , they have highlighted local women who are business leaders. I am genuinely honored to have been chosen to represent CORA as one of the profiled leaders and hope this opportunity will bring more attention to the great work that Team CORA accomplishes every day.

AnnMarie Schultz
CORA Staff and Board Members welcoming leaders from other Good Shepherd organizations.
April is National Occupational Therapy Month
OT at CORA: Living Life to the Fullest
A baby learning to hold a bottle, a toddler enjoying the playground, a grade school student making a sandwich, or a teenager making a purchase in a convenience store; these are all essential life skills, often taken for granted, that CORA's Occupational Therapists work diligently with their clients to accomplish. Occupational Therapy celebrates its 100-year anniversary in 2017, but services at CORA started about 5 years ago, when Kristy Kulak was hired to provide OT services for CORA's Early Intervention Program. Today CORA has a staff of nine Occupational Therapists, supervised by Siobhan Ideishi, who provide services in Charter Schools, Early Intervention Centers and community sites. We have a wonderful partnership with Temple University's OT Department and have enjoyed providing student supervision and professional mentorship for the past 4 years. Occupational Therapy often is included in lists of best jobs with high demand, but it also aligns closely with CORA's mission - OT is just one of the many ways CORA works with children to help them overcome obstacles to success. Happy 100th Anniversary OT!       
Read the whole article here.

 In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, CORA partnered with LEADERSHIP Philadelphia to promote literacy with a memorable Seussville celebration that included activites, Seuss-themed snacks and the movie Horton Hears a Who 80 students from CORA's afterschool programs at Loesche, Pollock and Thurgood Marshall were welcomed to CORA with balloons, books and smiling faces by the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia team and CORA staff members.   Read more here.
YOUTHCOR and Summer Camp '17
CORA is proud to introduce YouthCOR! CORA's out-of-school time services has rebranded its afterschool programming. Going forward, OST will be known as 

as YouthCOR, incorporating cor, the latin word for heart, that is also the root of CORA's name. All of CORA's programming is designed based on the motto - Children are the Heart of the MatterCORA operates high-quality afterschool and summer camp programs during the critical hours when school is not in session and many caregivers are working. Programs are offered at five partner schools in local Philadelphia communities; out-of-school time care is provided by CORA at Loesche Elementary School, Northwood Academy Charter School, Robert Pollock Elementary School, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School and George Washington High School. Our programs are designed to offer fun, educational, recreational and STEM experiences,  in a safe and controlled environment, that promote personal and group achievement and community-building.
This summer, YouthCOR will run Super Hero Academy from July 3rd - August 11th. Download an application here. 
To learn more about the camps, contact Tyneka Wilson at 215.701.2673.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join CORA ( rain or shine ) for fun family activities and community resources.

Musical entertainment,  emceed by CORA's own Dr. Paul Haughton and DJ Kevin, will include Fox Chase Music School, Eka Dance Academy, Philly's Got Dance and Riley's Irish Dancers.

Community Resources will include; Free Library of Philadephia, Blooming Artist Studios, Rock the Spectrum Gym, Catholic Community Services, Mayor's Office of Education, JFCS, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Rhawnhurst Turning Point, Rotary Club, TreePhilly and much more.

Carnival Games will be hosted by CORA's 8th grade Peer Helpers from St. Anslem, Blessed Trinity, St. Christopher, St. Martha, St. Matthew and Holy Innocents.

*Proceeds from the games, bake sale and gift basket raffle will HELP CORA HELP KIDS!*

Food Trucks by Nick's Roast Beef & Fat Belly
Inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses sponsored by the Chesses Family and

Caring Community Sponsors

  Peer Helper Sponsors


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