We greatly appreciate your support.
At times since March 2020, we have been doomscrolling on our phones or computers, absorbing a torrent of negative news and articles reporting on the specter of living through a pandemic.
While it is important to stay aware of the next subvariant, we invite you to take a moment and do a little joyscrolling with SOWN. SOWN builds and nurtures local communities by creating social connections and providing educational resources. We do this by fostering strong family foundations, reducing isolation, and improving mental health and well-being. We have been serving marginalized communities in the Philadelphia area for over 36 years.
Allow the clients of SOWN- the grandparents raising their grandchildren and older seniors living independently- to share some of the success they have accomplished with SOWN.
Ginetta*, aged 79: “Since I’ve been attending SOWN programs, I have been more positive and learned to love more. I look forward to the conversations on the phone; it is the most interesting day of the week. It also helped me toward getting all my booster shots.”
100% of participant survey respondents agreed that in their SOWN group,
the other members understood and accepted them.
We are asking for your help in supporting our award-winning work. In the past year, SOWN has received awards for our work with older women & their families. Impact100, The Transition Network, and The Community Champions Award all recognized SOWN’s vital mission in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Your contribution will make a significant difference in the lives of older adults and their families.
Dianne*, aged 81: “I reach out to others for ideas to help support me. That is the support I need. When I may feel down, connecting with others gives me a pick-up, good feeling about myself.”
98% of participants agreed that in their SOWN group,
they felt they were not alone.
Sara*, aged 76: “With SOWN, I have a group of women that support me. They understand, give advice, and don't judge me. I don't know what I would have done if SOWN was not here. SOWN’s group leader is the most caring and loving person… SOWN has changed my life and I can raise my granddaughter much better.”
All of our services are provided free of charge to our participants- grandparents raising their grandchildren, and isolated seniors who rely on SOWN for social connection.
As a SOWN supporter, you keep the lights on, programs thriving, and the possibility of joy in reach.
91% of participants agreed that in their SOWN group,
they felt they were helping others and having an impact on their lives.
Beverly*, aged 72: “Participating in SOWN has helped me handle my stress. I can speak in confidence. The members inspire me to continue to press on. The meditation sessions have taught me how to decompress. In listening to others’ concerns, I realize that we all cope with problems. I can suggest advice and it makes me feel good that I can help. I always leave the session feeling better.”
With sincere thanks,
Marypat Tracy, LCSW Denise McKnight, CPA
Executive Director Chair, Board of Directors
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. The official registration and financial information of SOWN may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll free, within Pennsylvania,
1 (800) 732-0999.
*All names in this letter have been changed to protect privacy.