National Foster Care Month Brings Community Together
A Taste of Tabor – A Delicious Good Deed
Taste of Tabor 2016
May, as National Foster Care Awareness Month, was 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. “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.
May, also a usual time for preparing for graduations and new beginnings, is a time when Bucks County 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.
On Monday, May 23, 2016, more than 200 guests and 40 volunteers came together to support Tabor Children’s Services (Tabor) and the inaugural Taste of Tabor – a delicious good deed – chef showcase and fundraising event. Guests enjoyed a lively evening of gourmet food from ten of Doylestown’s finest restaurants, a silent and live auction and music provided by Diversity, the Lenape student Jazz band … and they were fantastic!
The theme of the evening was a call to action to invest in a child by adopting, fostering, mentoring, donating or volunteering and all who attended came together to take a stake in the future of our local youth. The youth supported through this event have experienced abuse or neglect and are in need of resources, homes, mentors and life skill training so they can prepare to successfully transition out of the child welfare system and into independent adulthood. The proceeds from this event will directly assist more than 700 local youth transition onto independent lives.
Guests heard two success stories. One from Caitlin Rose O’Neill, a Foster Youth, and a Tabor Youth Advisory Board member, who willingly entered the system at age 16 hoping that Tabor would provide stability and a future for her, and it has. She will attend college in the Fall and plans to major in English and Education. Her personal appeal inspired three guests to enroll in a Tabor volunteer program that night!
Fully independent Tabor graduate and Temple University graduate, Nefertari “Tari” Sloan, identified Tabor as, “an institution of investments.” Her success is your success. She reminded us all that, “when people support by giving their homes, their time, their service, donations, and support – they are essentially making an investment in a child, a youth, or a future success story, just like me.” We couldn’t be prouder, Tari!
Fifteen Tabor youth had the opportunity to work directly with these restaurants; three are in the process of securing job placements as a result of the event and one has already secured employment!
Participant support of Tabor was contagious. A resounding 100% of the volunteers have committed to next year’s event. Tabor could not have reached the goal of $36,000 raised without direct support from the local community.
Thank you to the participating restaurants!
Thank you to our generous event sponsors!
For release: April 28, 2016
215-842-4800 ext. 404
National Foster Care Month to bring Community Together
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
For release: April 8, 2016
Tabor Services, Inc. Announces Closing of Day Care
Channels Resources to Growing Core Child Welfare and Adolescent Programs
April 8, 2016, Doylestown, PA – Tabor Children’s House (TCH), a community-based day care and arm of Tabor Services Inc., is closing its doors after 27 years to remain financially viable and channel resources to its core child welfare and adolescent programs. Tabor Children’s Services, the community-based nonprofit child welfare arm of Tabor Services, Inc. will remain open and service expansion plans are underway.
“The closure of Tabor Children’s House, which will occur June 17, will not affect the bulk of services offered by Tabor Children’s Services, which includes child welfare programs, child in-home services, foster care, adoption services, mentoring programs and adolescent care for teens aging out of foster care. Tabor Children’s Services will continue to work with about 700 children and youth across the region,” stated Tabor’s President and CEO, Jonathan Solomons.
TCH’s tuition revenue barely covers its staffing costs. When TCH’s non-staffing costs, such as utilities, insurance and maintenance, are added to those costs, the losses have been substantial. “The revenue coming in barely covers staffing costs and it was resulting in substantial losses,” said Solomons, adding that the center employs 15 full-time employees and four part-time employees.
To remain financially viable, Tabor Services needed to review all of the programs to determine which ones are both financially sustainable and enable the greatest mission impact.
As a result, on March 28, 2016, Tabor’s Board authorized the closing of Tabor Children’s House as both a daycare center and summer day camp, as of the close of business on June 17, 2016, and focus the organization’s full energy on the child welfare services provided by Tabor Children’s Services in Bucks, Philadelphia, and Lehigh Counties. Tabor Children’s Services will maintain a presence in Doylestown and will focus on child welfare services and the expansion of those services.
Jill Horner from Comcast Newsmakers speaks with Jonathan Solomons, President and CEO of Tabor Children’s Services, about Taste of TABOR – A Delicious Good Deed, May 23, 2016.
Want an inside glimpse at just how special the mentor/mentee relationship is at Tabor? Watch Lehigh Valley Mentoring Specialist, Nykea Alvarez, with one of her mentor matches being interviewed on News Channel 69 WFMZ-TV in honor of National Mentoring Month.
This month marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month and five year anniversary of Tabor’s Mentoring Program in Bucks County. Since its inception, the program has produced over 60 successful mentor/mentee matches and has expanded to Lehigh Valley.
For more information on becoming a mentor in the Lehigh Valley, please contact Nykea Alvarez at (610) 739-0524 or email at Nykea.Alvarez-Macey@tabor.org.
For more information on becoming a mentor in Bucks County, please contact Kate McHugh at 215-348-4071, x259 or email at Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tabor Children’s Services and guest bartenders — Rick Battaglia, Karen Lasorda, Jane Moore and Heather Cevasco — invite you out for a night of Drinks. Food. Music. Raffles. Fun. Charity.
Contact Amanda Hoffman at 215-842-4800 ext. 404 for more information.
Mark your calendars for the inaugural
“Taste of TABOR” – A Delicious Good Deed
Showcasing Doylestown’s finest chefs, restaurants & food artisans!
Select chefs and restaurants will be paired with a Tabor youth as they work together to serve up some unique flavors for you and your guests to enjoy! Complimentary champagne, wine, beer or soda included in your tax-deductible ticket purchase. Also included are access to music, raffles, prizes, and a silent action. There’s something for everyone!
Purchase tickets for you and your friends, support a great cause & meet Doylestown’s best chefs, restaurants and food artisans at “A Taste of Tabor.”
October 30th – December 17th
The Tabor team is personally inviting you to participate in Tabor’s Holiday Program & Fundraiser: A Gift for Every Child! We invite you to help us make this holiday season a memorable one for the children and youth that we serve throughout both Philadelphia and Bucks County. Without the support and generosity from local businesses and individual community members, we would not be able to accomplish our goal and provide every child with a gift and a memorable holiday!
Tabor’s Annual Holiday Gift Program is an important adjunct to the interventions that Tabor social workers do day in and day out. On one level, this is about bringing the magic of the holiday season alive for children and youth who have not had much cheer in their lives. Our children are from families who live far below the poverty line and cannot afford gifts. There are also children and youth in Tabor’s care who do not come from poverty alone; they are survivors of abuse or neglect. As you can see, the Tabor Holiday Program is really about more than the gift; it is about providing a sense of normalcy and happiness for children and youth during the holiday season. Your contributions and support are what makes this possible.
We are inviting you to participate in the Tabor Holiday Gift Program & Fundraiser by:
- Making a monetary donation to help Tabor make this holiday memorable for each child. You can make a donation to support our holiday fund here: DONATE HERE
- “Adopt” a specific child or donate undesignated gifts from the Undesignated Holiday Gift Suggestions.
We appreciate any level of support you are willing to provide!
*If you need more information, would like to adopt a child/family (receive specific wishes) or volunteer to help with the gift program please contact Amanda at 215-842-4800 ext. 404.
*Due to the time involved in sorting and coordinating the gift distribution, we are asking to receive all holiday gifts between December 7th-10th . To minimize confusion, it is crucial that contact be made with Amanda in advance to arrange a date/time for your delivery to 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Deliveries are accepted from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and December 10th is the deadline.