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

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2016 Taste of Tabor Event Recap and Images

TABOR SERVICES, INC. APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

To Enhance Child Welfare Programs and Grow Regional Non-For-Profit Human Services Agency

 

Tabor Services, Inc. (Tabor), a non-profit community-based child welfare agency has appointed Tinesha Banks, M.P.H., as President and CEO.

Tinesha has spent the last twelve years in nonprofit executive leadership positions, either as a Deputy Executive Director or as Vice President. Her professional accomplishments range from diversifying and growing corporate budgets to developing strong strategic partnerships and infrastructure.

When asked about her new role as President and CEO, Tinesha stated, “I have an in-depth personal and professional commitment to the communities and families served by Tabor and I am looking forward to further enhancing the quality of services and contributing to the growth of the organization.”

This appointment follows a diligent search for a visionary leader who brings expertise in organizational development and a personal understanding of the importance of strong family units, youth development and the impact a positive and healthy environment can have on the well-being of children and families.

Older Youth Collaborative Webinar Series

Download and Share the Older Youth Webinars Save The Date Here

Hear from Rosaleen Holohan, Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP), Tabor Children’s Services and Dawn Miller, Director of Suburban County Programs, Tabor Children’s Services discuss how to develop and sustain a mentoring program and a local youth advisory board on the dates below.

If you are interested in attending any of these webinars, please email Rachael Ickes at rmi6@pitt.edu with your name, email address, and agency.

TCP Fall Event Recaps

Painting with a Purpose: Art Therapy for Children and Families

Fresh Air, Trees, Flowers and Calmness

When you hear these words, you think about nature.  On October 5th Painting with a Purpose was brought to Awbury Arboretum through collaboration between the Strengthening Families Coordinators at Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) 5 Wordsworth and CUA 6 Tabor Community Partners (TCP). This activity created an opportunity for parents and children to bond through the arts. Parents learned techniques they can use with their children who have developmental delays or behavioral concerns.  Studies have proven that art helps reduce stress and relax children who have anxiety, stress, aggression and behavioral issues.

 

Parent Café: Accessing Community Resources

Libraries are not just a place for reading and building your imagination; but also a place where you can come to get new information and resources. On October 22nd the Coleman Library hosted a Parent Café in partnership with Tabor Community Partners (TCP).  The theme of this café was Are Your Resourceful? The purpose was to ensure TCP families were aware of all the areas in which the library can be a Concrete Support and help them build on their current resource list.

Help is ALL around us, we just have to know where to find it. Start with your local Library and let them guide you in the right direction.

 

Anti-BOOllying Fest

halloween Tabor Community Partners (TCP) feels that children should be afraid of the Boogie Man, Freddie Kruger and Jason, but they should not be afraid of each other or walking down the streets of their community. The Anti-BOOllying Fest took place on October 28th and was created for the purpose of making our children aware of bullying as well as providing a safe and fun space for children of all ages to come and feel comfortable socializing with other children in and around their neighborhood; especially during Halloween. The children who came to this event made new friends, and learned that it is never good to bully someone or be bullied. Each attendee was able to play games, enjoy themselves in a safe environment and leave with a candy bag full of yummy goodies.

 

Olympic Games: Building Positive Social Connections

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On November 12th Tabor Community Partners (TCP)  hosted the Olympic Games to teach their children the the importance of team building, recreational physical activity and the impact it has on building positive social connections and reducing stress.

The children participated in a variety of group games and sports, learned new skills and worked together to win awards.

Tabor Partners with Nature Rx

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A Nature Rx Discussion Event with Tabor – Reconnecting with Nature to Improve Your Children’s Health.

Let’s Talk About Our Parks and Green Spaces!

Tabor has partnered with Nature Rx to look at how you can improve your family’s health with nature.  Nature Rx, in partnership with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Schuylkill Center and the City of Philadelphia created a campaign that seeks to increase public awareness about the health benefits of nature and outdoor play. The goal is to help our families find meaningful opportunities for outdoor play, increase public awareness about the health benefits of nature and outdoor play and deepen understating about how this type of play impacts short-term behavior and health. Join Tabor and the Nature Rx team in a discussion event on August 8, 2016 from 5 PM – 7 PM at 57 E. Armat Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19144. This event is available to Tabor clients / families and the general community.  NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

 

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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