Making a Difference
Funding Bridge for Working Families with Ill Children
Fred’s Footsteps was formed in February 2005 just following the death of G. Fred DiBona, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross. He was a man of limitless compassion and generosity. In his honor, Fred’s Footsteps was formed to provide financial assistance to hard working families in the Philadelphia region, who find themselves in crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a seriously ill, inured, or disabled child. They work with the families to identify where they can make the greatest impact. They have provided assistance for various family expenses such as, mortgage and rent payments, utility payments, cell phone payments, groceries, car payments, home or vehicle modifications, and funeral expenses to name a few. The Legacy Foundation provided grants to help four families with different needs and situations. One of the four families has a little 7 year old girl who had a foot amputation as a result of a tragic lawn mower injury and also required a lengthy stay at the hospital. Another family has a 7 month old baby born at 30 weeks gestation, has heart disease, respiratory issues and many other health problems. This family works at their family business and provides full time care for their son which has led to increased expenses, as you can imagine. All of these families have unique circumstances that may lead to struggles to makes end meet. The most important piece is the full time care, love and support needed for the ill child that the family members provide 24/7 in most cases. The Legacy Foundation was thrilled to provide the much needed assistance to these devoted families, giving them piece of mind knowing that some of their struggles and financial difficulties are being resolved, so they may care for their special children. For more information, and how you may be able to help, please visit their website at www.fredsfootsteps.org.
New Day, New Home, New Beginnings
The Salvation Army, which was founded 136 years ago is focused on meeting the needs of underserved communities and is one of the most respected charitable organization in the USA. The Salvation Army has played a key role in fighting human trafficking through the ministry of Philadelphia Social Service Ministries. Their program, New Day to Stop Trafficking, supports the victims of human trafficking-sex and labor-from a life of psychological bondage and exploitation to freedom and self-sufficiency. It is estimated that there are 35.8 million people enslaved in this world today; many are women and children forced into the sex trade. It is also the second most lucrative, illegal international “industry” today, reaping annual profits of over $150 billion. After partnering with other organizations and facilities, in 2014, the TSA New Day Women’s Drop-in Center was opened serving the Philadelphia region. Exploited women receive help, showers, food, clothing, social services and most of all, a safe place to make choices to regain control of their lives. They expanded their services to help not only adult women, but the younger victims of trafficking. The largest gap preventing them from moving forward with their young lives was stable housing. The New Day program initiated a fund drive for the development of a new home specifically for local, young women ages 18-24. These young women were victims of trafficking for sex as minors and are aging out of child protective services. This unique home will offer comprehensive, holistic, trauma-informed services, including education and if needed, getting their GED. The home will also provide safe staple housing, teach all aspects of daily living skills, such as budgeting, meal prep, and housekeeping, to name a few. The Legacy Foundation is proud to have had the opportunity to provide a grant to the New Home, which is expected to open in January, 2017. Our grant will provide the new home with a supply of all their food needs for these women for a full year. For more information, and how you may be able to help, please visit The Salvation Army’s Philadelphia Social Service Ministries website at www.salvationarmyphiladelphia.org.
A Lifetime of Opportunities
The Ladacin Network has roots back to 1949 and offers a lifetime of hope and opportunity for individuals with complex physical and developmental disabilities and delays. They are a unique organization that is dedicated to the lifetime needs of their clients, beginning at infancy and continuing through all of life’s passages. Their programs open the door to a more independent life for all of those in the network. Over 3,500 individuals and families are touched by the over 550 Qualified and dedicated staff at Ladacin. They have been accredited by the CARF since 1987. They are proud and energized by the positive changes that have occurred over these past 80 years and look forward to continuing to provide a lifetime of opportunities for the infants, children and adults they serve. The ability to move with ease is a unique experience for many individuals with physical developmental disabilities. The Legacy Foundation was proud to have had the opportunity to purchase 2 Pedal Wheelchairs. These chairs allow users to have a minimum amount of trunk strength, as well as some mobility in their legs. The 2 wheelchairs came in a large and small size, with the smaller benefiting children as young as 5 years old. These chairs are put to good use during formal therapeutic sessions. The greatest benefit is allowing the students having the pleasure of moving about their day with a new independence and perhaps a smile on their face! For more information, and how you may be able to help, please visit their website at www.ladacin.org.
Taking Steps to Find a Cure!
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), founded in 1967, is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. They fund studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. They also provide educational workshops, programs, and have their own scientific journal. There are over 1.6 million Americans with Crohn’s disease and colitis. An estimated 10% are children under the age of 18. Usually when children are diagnosed, it is often a more extensive and severe course for them vs. being diagnosed as an adult. The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter serves the pediatric patients through various resources such as support groups, events, educational events, and their annual Philadelphia Take Steps Walk. The walk is their signature fundraising event and the largest attended walk in the country, with over 1900 participants. The Legacy Foundation was able to provide a grant to the Philadelphia Take Steps Walk, specifically for the “kids corral”, an area dedicated to supporting pediatric patients and the children who attend the walk. The kids corral featured music, performances, activities and opportunities for the children and their families to have some fun and a great time! Another fantastic benefit of the kids corral is connecting children with other children experiencing similar journeys. The Legacy Foundation was happy to support these very special children and their families! For more information, and how you may be able to help, please visit their website at www.ccfa.org.
A Winter Retreat from the City
Grace Baptist Church is an urban ministry that has been ministering to the Bridesburg area for over 17 years. Their mission is to provide a place of refuge and guidance to those who are searching for peace, as well as a place of instruction through God’s Word. Each year the church operates a snow camp for young people between the ages of 12-18. For one week they leave the fast paced city behind to retreat to Camp Calvary in Bernville, PA. They bring no electronics and instead spend the week engaging in team building exercises and activities with a spiritual emphasis. The Legacy Foundation is proud to support these young people as they learn valuable lessons and gain skills that will help them for years to come.