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Covenant House Pennsylvania prides itself on forging positive relationships with our donors and supporters. We strive to ensure that our donors feel connected to our work and see the impact of their donations on the lives of our youth. Read what some of our supporters have to say about working with us, below.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation

 

Independence Blue Cross launched the Independence Blue Cross Foundation with a mission to lead sustainable solutions that improve the health and well-being of the community.

 

The IBC Foundation complements and expands upon IBC’s nearly 80-year commitment to improving the health and wellness of our neighbors in southeastern Pennsylvania.

 

See Streetbeats here - an innovative music project the Foundation recently supported.

 

 

“The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBC Foundation) is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. Through our multiple grant programs, we work to address national health priorities locally, promote the education and development of the healthcare workforce, increase access to high quality primary care services, and support nonprofit organizations addressing local wellness needs. Our impact is amplified through collaboration – we do not achieve this mission alone. We advance better community health by empowering organizations to innovate and serve our neighbors."

 

"Both the IBC Foundation and Covenant House Pennsylvania strive to empower our communities to make positive changes to impact their health and wellbeing. Through multiple initiatives, Covenant House addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of the disenfranchised youth they serve. The IBC Foundation partners with Covenant House because we recognize their commitment to providing quality services in a holistic, caring manner.”

 

- Leah Rusenko, Foundation Program Specialist, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

The Weiner Family Foundation

 

The Weiner Family Foundation supports projects that improve the well being of animals, contribute to the eradication of sex and labor trafficking, help Jewish causes, and promote the health and well being of children.

We asked Bonnie Weiner, who along with her husband, Harvey, runs The Weiner Family Foundation to answer some questions for us about the experience of being one of our supporters. 

 

What was it about the work of Covenant House Pennsylvania that made you want to support us?
When I think about why The Weiner Family Foundation supports Covenant House, I am faced with the stark reality of what brings a young person to Its door.  What part of their lives was stolen due to abuse, neglect or trafficking? Covenant House provides a safe haven, a first step on the road to a better future for this fragile population.

 

Is there anything you feel makes Covenant House unique?
Covenant House is unique because its work with young people who are homeless provides a caring non-judgmental environment coupled with the time needed for positive choices to be made about their future.

 

As a donor, how have you found working with Covenant House?
It is vitally important for our family to have a relationship with the charities we choose to support.  Working with Covenant House has been enlightening.  We appreciate the time given to us to learn about the work that is being currently done.  We are also excited about the future expansion of Covenant House and the time when no one will be turned away for lack of space. 

The Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation

 

The Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation seeks to end hunger and food insecurity in the five-county Philadelphia region and Indian River County, FL. The Foundation makes grants to support activities that address hunger and food insecurity through direct service programs and/or advocacy efforts.

 

 

We asked Hannah Schlesinger, Administrator/Grants Manager for The Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation to answer a few questions about the foundations relationship with Covenant House Pennsylvania.

 

What was it about the work of Covenant House Pennsylvania that made you want to support us?

 

"The Pierce Foundation is a proud partner in food programming at Covenant House Pennsylvania. The opportunity to provide a grant for vital food provision, enabling staff and volunteers to use healthy food as a conduit to connect with homeless youth is a great use of resources. What’s more than just providing good food, Covenant House teaches young people how to prepare and cook meals, an important and essential life skill. After the Foundation met the cooks and toured the kitchen and dining facilities earlier this spring, it was clear that healthy meals are a big part of these youths’ road to health, stability, and self-sufficiency."

Is there anything you feel makes Covenant House unique?           

 

"What makes Covenant House standout to the Foundation is two-fold: their focus on emergency food as a critical need due to the immediate negative health effects the lack thereof causes, and moving our community members to self-sufficiency through education and empowerment. Covenant House’s effort to help youth transition from the streets to sustainable, independent living is truly impressive. Furthermore, their outreach work does a great job at connecting with under-served populations, like youth who have aged out of foster care, are LGBTQ, young mothers with babies, and human trafficking victims. We see this work as a big step forward to help reduce food insecurity in our region."
 
As a donor, how have you found working with Covenant House?

 

"Since our funder-grantee relationship began, our experience has been a nice flow of communication and regular updates from the staff. The Covenant House team is not only proactive in sharing information, but very responsive. We look forward to being more involved in their work as our partnership continues to unfold over the coming months."

Green Tree Community Health Foundation

 

Established in 2005, the Green Tree Community Health Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity whose purpose is to improve the health and well being of communities of northwest Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County. Through ongoing needs assessments, it identifies certain areas of vulnerability in these communities and provides funding to organizations whose work will address these needs. Additionally, the Foundation looks for opportunities to develop initiatives where it can fund and provide needed services directly. 

“Green Tree Community Health Foundation has worked to create a healthy community within the Philadelphia area for more than ten years.  For many of those years Sue Endy, now a retired Foundation staff member, provided parenting classes to young parents at Covenant House. We are now excited to include Covenant House as one of our grantees as well!

Covenant House offers resources and services to a population often overlooked yet in great need. In our effort to serve all people within our community and increase access to health care, Covenant House is a strategic partner. The clinic at Covenant House provides a safe place with quality care, responding to a great need that no other local organization does.

As a funder, it has really been a pleasure working with the staff of Covenant House. Questions are answered promptly and staff have graciously hosted site visits for interested board members. We are consistently impressed by the commitment and quality of the staff! Covenant House is a valuable asset to the greater Philadelphia area.”

- Bethany Flood, LSW, Grants Program Manager 

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