Event Recap: Taste of Tabor 2017

 

 

The 2nd Annual Taste of TABOR Event

was held on

Monday, May 22, 2017
5:00PM-8:00PM

At the Aldie Mansion – An English country estate
85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown, PA 18901

 

Taste of Tabor 2017


2016 Taste of Tabor Event Recap and Images

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Thompson Donates Coats to Children in Need

On Thursday, October 13th, The Thompson Organization delivered 150 new winter coats to Tabor Children’s Services in Doylestown and Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services in Furlong. The coats are part of the Driving Away the Cold campaign organized by the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation and Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. Since its inception in 2008, the program has distributed over 265,000 new coats to children in need. 

 

Left to Right: Representatives from Tabor Children's Services with John Thompson, Vice President of The Thompson Organization - Carolyn Hodder, Intensive Family Support Services Supervisor; Rosaleen Holohan, Mentoring Specialist; Amanda Hoffman, Director of Communications and Development; Gloria Hall, Life Skills Specialist; and Alexis Tannenbaum, Intensive Family Support Services Social Worker

Left to Right: Representatives from Tabor Children’s Services with John Thompson, Vice President of The Thompson Organization – Carolyn Hodder, Intensive Family Support Services Supervisor; Rosaleen Holohan, Mentoring Specialist; Amanda Hoffman, Director of Communications and Development; Gloria Hall, Life Skills Specialist; and Alexis Tannenbaum, Intensive Family Support Services Social Worker

 

Summer Success Story – Caitlin

 

Caitlin Rose is a Foster Youth, and a member of Tabor Children’s Services Youth Advisory Board, where she is a representative of youth, adolescents, and children of Bucks County. She willingly entered the system at age 16 hoping that Tabor would provide stability and a future for her, and it has! She is graduating from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, takes Honors and AP classes, and will be attending Arcadia University in the fall of this year where she will be majoring in English with a focus on Creative Writing and minoring in Education. Her goal is to one day become an English teacher and publish her own written works.  She also recently entered Tabor’s Mentoring Program and is awaiting a mentor match.

Cailtin is a remarkable young woman who has overcome many challenges and possesses a desire to tell her story and advocate for other youth who are in the process of overcoming their own personal challenges as they enter or “age out” of the child welfare system.  

Caitlin told her remarkable story at our inaugural event “Taste of TABOR” chef showcase and fundraising event. This event successfully matched 15 youth with mentor chefs and raised funds for youth who come from a background of abuse or neglect and those who are preparing to “age out” of the child welfare system.

Caitlin’s Story & Appeal: Adopt, Foster, Mentor, Donate or Volunteer

I would like to start this speech by thanking all of you for coming out to the first annual Taste of Tabor event, which will certainly be the overture of many more to come in the future. I pray this all starts conversations about the wonderful services provided by the workers at Tabor Children Services, and give a new connotation to the term “Foster Care System”.

While I myself am not a typical foster youth, my past is not dissimilar from my peers within the system. My parents divorced when I was 8 years old. My mother and I moved in with her mother, my Grandma, who even in her old age took us both in when we needed it the most. At 9, my Grandmother obtained full custody of me after my mother spiraled into alcohol addiction, going in and out of rehabilitation. This cycle continued for the next 7 years, although as much as my Grandmother tried, her dementia eventually made her unable to properly take care of me. At the age of 16, I willingly put myself in the Foster Care System to better her life and mine. Because of this, my view of the system and the people within it are is a study in contrast of those around me.

After being placed in the care of a foster family, I can say with full confidence that I have found a family there, and the love I feel in their home is unmatched by any that I have felt for a very long time.

Throughout the darkest days of these last two years, I have had the kind workers at Tabor Children’s Services by my side. I would confide in workers about my troubles, and be reassured when I was losing hope. Along with this emotional support, I have also had the opportunity to receive financial support in purchasing my class ring, prom ticket, and senior pictures. Without Tabor Children’s Services, I would never have been able to afford any of these things. In addition, through the Life Skills Class I attended in the winter and spring of 2015, I gained the knowledge and skills I’ll need for when I live out on my own, including information about budgeting and how to obtain a job.

Simply, these kinds of things are what “normal” teenagers take for granted. Their parents buy them their senior pictures and their class rings; their parents are their emotional support and their role models. For me, Tabor Children Services has given me this sense of “normalcy”, and I have not taken any of it for granted.

Out of all these services that have helped me life a life, the one I haven’t obtained yet is perhaps the one that I’ve needed the most: Tabor Children Service’s Mentoring Program. Through this service, I and other foster youth over the age of 14 are voluntarily matched with an adult of the same gender from the community to bond and connect with. Foster Youth often feel surrounded by a bunch of figures that only lend an ear because that’s their job; what separates the Mentors from the Social Workers is the simple fact that the Mentors care for purely intrinsic reasons. Mentors will stay in the youth’s life, becoming a constant and role model for those who need that guidance the most.

While I’m not an exemplary sample of youth that can be mentored, I firmly believe that if any youth is given a chance to be guided and given love, that all my peers in the system with me can achieve great heights and fulfill all their goals and aspirations. This belief should not be held by just me, but by anyone who is willing to devote their time, love, and understanding to a foster youth.

With all of this in mind, there is certainly something that all of you here today can do to help Tabor Children’s Services in this vision of helping foster youth. Tonight, I ask you to make a personal pledge to adopt, foster, mentor, donate, or volunteer to support Tabor Children’s Services’ mission and positively impact the lives of children and youth alike.


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PRESS RELEASE – Taste of Tabor 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Foster Care Month to bring Community Together

To support

A Taste of Tabor – A Delicious Good Deed­­

 

May, as National Foster Care Awareness Month, is a time to recognize the role each of us plays in the lives of children and youth in foster care and those who are “graduating” from the child welfare system. Become one of the “honor, unite and celebrating families” – the theme for the 2016 National Foster Awareness Care Month, and live the experience, the mantra of an engaged community citizen.

DOYLESTOWN, PA, April 28, 2016 –   On Monday evening, May 23, 2016 more than 250 members of our local community will come together in support of Tabor Children’s Services’ (Tabor) inaugural fundraising event– Taste of Tabor – “A delicious good deed” chef showcase and tasting event that will feature gourmet samplings from some of the area’s most prominent restaurants, youth musical performances and both a silent and live auction to raise funds for children who come from a background of abuse and those that are preparing to “age out” of the child welfare system.

 

May, a usual time for graduations and new beginnings, is also National Foster Care Awareness Month.  Adolescents in Tabor’s Foster Care, Mentoring and Adolescent Programs who are between the ages of 17 and 21 are preparing to  “graduate” the Child Welfare System into adult lifestyles.  The event, Taste of Tabor – “A delicious good deed” will not only showcase these youth by pairing them with their “mentors chefs”, but also raise money to provide children and youth with mentors and life skills training as they prepare to successfully transition out of the child welfare system and into independent adulthood. Domani Star, the Presenting Chair leads the ten select Doylestown restaurants who have committed to this cause.

 

From 5:00pm to 8:00pm on the Tabor Children’s Services’ Doylestown Campus, located at 601 New Britain Road, just 5 minutes from downtown Doylestown, guests will come together to take a stake in the future of our local youth. This is an opportunity to come together as a community and make a difference by raising funds for youth who are in need of resources, mentors and life skills training as they prepare to successfully transition out of the child welfare system and into independent adulthood. Tickets are $50 (a portion is tax deductible) and complimentary beer, wine, champagne and soda is included.

 

Tickets can securely and conveniently be purchased online at http://tasteoftabor2016.eventbrite.com .

 

About Tabor Children’s Services

Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) is non-profit community-based child welfare organization. As an anchor for a range of widespread, community-based services, Tabor’s core mission is to secure supports, resources and permanent connections for children and youth within their own community and culture so they can overcome life’s challenges and reach their full potential. Providing services to approximately 700 children annually throughout Bucks County, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, Tabor is one of the few agencies with dedicated programs for both children who have endured abuse and neglect and young adults who are “aging out” of the child welfare system.

 

Founded in Doylestown more than 100 years ago, Tabor’s vision has led to a rich history of serving children and families in need and now serves as a multi-service community-based organization providing in-home child and familial support services, foster care, adoption, adolescent programs and mentoring.

 

To learn more visit www.tabor.org, or call us at 215.842.4800 ext. 404

 

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