November 2021 Newsletter

AnnMarie Schultz
President and CEO
CORA Services

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In 1971, Sister Charity Kohl saw a need in Northeast Philadelphia and set out to fill it by working with children and their families in their homes, schools, and communities. Wherever children and families needed assistance, Sister Charity was there. Over the past 50 years, CORA has continued her vision and has grown into one of the biggest resource centers for children, youth, and families in the greater Philadelphia region, serving families through counseling, tutoring, camps, parenting and early childhood supports, and much more.

We invite you to celebrate the incredible milestone of our
50th Anniversary! Proceeds will support the children and families of Greater Philadelphia.
In the spirit of Sister Charity, we will gather to honor families - families who have made our work possible, families who carry on missions like ours across the region, and families who are just beginning their legacies of service.

Join us to honor:
The Armstrong Family
The Carroll and Lavelle Families
The Cortés Family
The Forst Family
The McElhenney Family
The McGettigan Family
The Minich Family
The Rowley Family
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd Family

Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets are Now Available For Purchase!

CORA Fest promised many things: a fun-filled day of live music, kid shows, free mental health screenings, magic, bubbles, confetti, free birthday cake, a CORA exhibit, food trucks and so much more!

Thanks for coming to our birthday party! We think we did quite a fine job at celebrating our 50th Anniversary, and we hope you had a great time! Let's go back in time and check out some photo highlights!
Did you miss our CORA Past, Present and Future exhibit video?
We have you covered! Click below and check out how CORA Services has impacted the community over the past 50 years, and what we are doing to change the trajectory of our path to continue our incredible mission!

CORA Services is well respected in the educational and human services fields for providing high-quality services to children, youth and families. Capitalizing on our 50 years of experience, we have become an asset to the broader service community by convening others in the field and providing critical resources to them including professional development, clinical consultation, and practical resources to educators.

Ready to get involved? Registration is simple! As workshops become available for registration, links will populate on our website. Here is quick snippet of what's coming up next!

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
Reducing Jargon and Implementing Best Practices and Evidence-Based Positive Behavior Interventions
9AM – 11AM
Deborah E. G. Deaton, Ph.D.
School Psychology Intern/ED.S. Candidate – CORA Services

This workshop will focus on gleaning from existing positive behavior support models to lay the foundation for more targeted and appropriate intervention programming at proper levels. 

To learn more, view our full calendar of workshops, or to register, please visit the link below!
As you know at CORA Services, Children are the Heart of the Matter. At CORA's Early Years Fox Chase, our outdoor play space provides children hours of fun through running, jumping, climbing, throwing, kicking balls and riding toys, which develop healthy habits in the children's lives by being active and building cardiovascular endurance!

Through your generous donations, Early Years Fox Chase has completely renovated and redesigned the playground, including a tricycle pathway, horizontal ladder, basketball court, climbing dome and a playhouse! Kids now have an outdoor play space that will provide hours of fun through running, jumping, climbing, throwing, kicking balls and riding toys, which develop healthy habits in the children's lives by being active and building cardiovascular endurance!

You can still make a gift that will go directly to our renovations. Follow the link below to make a difference today!

And as always...THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!
On Friday, October 15th- CORA Early Years Huntingdon Mills celebrated the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month with a wonderful art exhibit, delicious traditional foods, crafts, music and more!

Each class chose a country to represent earlier this month, and the children spent the morning going around to each table learning about the different countries in our decorated playspace.

This event was conceived and executed by Maireny Ortega, CORA's kitchen coordinator, and several of our teaching staff. It was a wonderful day of celebration and learning about different cultures!

Check out our video collage of this special day below, put together by our wonderful Early Years team!
As we celebrate our 50th year of caring and compassionate service to Philadelphia's children and families, we are collecting stories about how CORA has impacted you. Has CORA impacted you or someone you know personally or professionally? Do you have a fond memory of CORA Services you would be willing to share? What would you like to share as we celebrate this milestone? Tell us!  
A butterfly created with love

The above logo was created by artist Lyla Boehmer (The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush) during our 50th Anniversary logo contest. How beautiful is this butterfly? Thank you for your submission, Lyla!

CORA proudly celebrates 50 years of caring and compassionate service to the community, and supporting children and families so they can be productive and successful!

Clinical Services IPS Team Builds a Rock Labyrinth!
And you are invited to use it!
With all of the limitations during COVID, the IPS team had to get creative with outdoor activity planning for their group. Over the summer, the IPS group team and their clients worked on constructing a rock labyrinth right here at CORA!

The project is now complete!  This labyrinth was created with the vision that it would be used by both clients and staff for relaxation and meditational purposes.

 For more information on labyrinths and their purpose, scan the QR code below!
About IPS:

The Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) program is an early intervention program for youth ages 10 to 19 years old who exhibit high-risk or at-risk behaviors. IPS is designed to work with youth and families to prevent truancy, steer youth away from delinquency, improve school performance, enhance life and social skills, and strengthen family relationships.

For more information on our IPS department:

You can experience some feel-good shopping and make a difference when you buy your gifts on Amazon using this special link:

It’s simple! All you have to do is follow Amazon’s link, designate CORA as your charity of choice, shop as you normally would, and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchase amount to CORA Services!

Same products, same prices, same services as the Amazon you know - just a special link that gives back!

The IBHS Clinical Supervisory Team would like to sincerely congratulate Cecilia Weir for being awarded “Team Member of The Month"!

Cecilia has truly gone above and beyond in her role as MT since joining IBHS. This past spring, she took on some of the duties of the BC role to help out during a difficult transition period for a school that didn’t have an assigned BC. She coordinated school meetings and followed up with all the referrals sent by that school. In general, Cecilia always takes initiative in reaching out to anyone involved in her cases, and is always checking in with BCs and supervisors to see if there’s anything else she needs to do for her cases. She also reaches out with any pertinent updates to her cases and follows up immediately on anything we discuss in case consults. Cecilia is always on time with her paperwork, sometimes completing it ahead of schedule. She has demonstrated the ability to form a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients and continues to be a huge asset to their lives, as well as to our IBHS program.


Nicole Gregorio, MS, LPC, NCC
Jesa Galloway, MA, LPC
Lisa Bierma, MS, LCSW
Charmaine Jenkins, MA, LBC

CORA’s Intensive Behavioral Health Services Program (IBHS) is a CBH-funded program that serves children from ages 3-21 in select Philadelphia public, charter, and private schools. Our IBHS program addresses the behavioral concerns of youth and teens related to their behavioral health diagnosis in the home, school, and community. We aim to provide support to youth and their families to meet each of their individual needs. Please contact our intake department to see if your child qualifies to receive services through our IBHS program!

To learn more about CORA's Intensive Behavioral Health Services Program (IBHS),

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We are rooted in a tradition of care and compassion for all. The mission of CORA Services is to assist children, youth and families experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges. We provide an array of comprehensive professional services focused on prevention, intervention, remediation and referral assistance.

Need us? We are always here for you.
Connect with us today:
Phone: 215-342-7660

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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!

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8540 Verree Road
Philadelphia, PA 19111

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