In the News

SOWN in Philadelphia Health Partnership's Publication


Read about the GrandFamily Resource Center in "Integration of Care and Services in Practice: GrandFamily Support". . May 2019




SOWN in PCA Milestones


Read about Healthy Lives Community Groups in "Togetherness is key at Southwest Senior Center: 'Everyone's welcome'". . September 2018




SOWN on WURD Radio


Listen to Arlene Segal, Coordinator of Philly Families Connect, discuss the program on 900 AM WURD Radio. August 2018




SOWN in Technical.ly


Read about SOWN's latest grant from the Digital Literacy Alliance in "These 12 projects just got funding from the Digital Literacy Alliance". August 2018




SOWN in The Philadelphia Inquirer


Read about the GrandFamily Resource Center in "When their children get hooked on opioids, more ‘grands’ stepping up to raise their grandchildren". July 2018




SOWN in Green Tree Community Health Foundation's Publication


Read about SOWN's multi-generational programming in "Across Generations with SOWN". . March 2016




SOWN on 6ABC Actions News


Watch a segment on the GrandFamily Resource Center in "Art of Aging: Grandparents raising children". . August 2014




SOWN in Penn Medicine's Publication


Read about Philly Families Eat Smart in "Encouraging Healthy Relationships Between Kids and Grandparents". . August 2014




SOWN in The PEW Charitable Trusts' Publication


Read about SOWN in "Help Across Generations". . July 2013




SOWN in PCA Milestones


Read about the GrandFamily Resource Center in "Love motivates them; courage keeps them going". . April 2013




SOWN in The Philadelphia Inquirer


Read about SOWN, Penn's Village, and Ralston Center in "Help Phila.'s aging population combat loneliness". December 2019




SOWN in The PEW Charitable Trusts' Publication


Read about SOWN's new data collection tool in "Pew Fund Grantees Work to Improve Programs Through Better Use of Data". November 2019




News From SOWN's Board President


SOWN's Board President, Karen Hanson, Ph.D., released the following statement today:

"It is with sadness that SOWN's Board of Directors announces the resignation of our Executive Director of 35 years, Merle Drake, due to family health issues.

The resignation of a long-time leader presents a challenge to any organization, but this is especially so when the leader is also the founder. We are pleased that Marypat Tracy, SOWN's long-standing Director of Programs, will lead SOWN as Interim Executive Director. SOWN couldn't be in better hands during this transition period.

The organization is strong. With knowledgeable leadership and a committed staff, an engaged Board of Directors actively committed to charting the future, and your ongoing support, SOWN will continue to serve the needs of older women and their families long into the future."

February 21, 2020




SOWN in Manayunk Magazine


Read about SOWN in "How Manayunk's Very Own SOWN has Helped Philadelphia's Older Adults for 35 Years". March 2020




SOWN in The Philadelphia Inquirer


Read about Philly Families Connect in The Philadelphia Inquirer's front page article, "No internet. No backup plan: What happens to seniors raising grandkids in the pandemic?". April 2020




SOWN in Brookdale RAPP Site Bulletin


Read about how the GrandFamily Resource Center is responding to the COVID-19 crisis in "Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN), GrandFamily Resource Center". September 2020




SOWN in American Society on Aging's Generations Publication


Read "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and COVID-19: Overlaying Risks, Uncertain Outcomes", which lists Philly Families Connect as a resource. September 2020




SOWN in GSK Press Release


Read about SOWN's latest award in "GSK awards Greater Philadelphia nonprofits making a powerful IMPACT on health outcomes now more than ever". November 2020




News from SOWN's Board of Directors


The Board of Directors of SOWN is pleased to announce that effective February 15, 2021, Marypat Tracy accepted the role of Executive Director. Previously, Marypat held the position of Interim Executive Director and worked at SOWN for many years as Director of Programs. Marypat earned a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) at Rutgers University and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Marypat lives in Philadelphia with her husband and is the mother of two sons and grandmother of two boys.
The Board and Marypat look forward to working together to lead SOWN forward to impacting the wellbeing of older adults and their families in the Philadelphia region. February 2021




SOWN on WHYY's Instagram Live


Watch Lori Latimer, Director of Programs, Jessica Begley, Family Literacy Educator for Philly Families Read Together, and Jill Smith, Newsletter Coordinator for SOWN Together, give a live interview with Eric Marsh, Sr, Community Outreach Organizer of WHYY's N.I.C.E program. April 2021




SOWN on Uptown Radio's The Talk to Reebs Show


Watch Arlene Segal, Coordinator of Philly Families Connect, give a live interview with E. Marie Lambert, host of Uptown Radio's The Talk to Reebs Show. May 2021




News from SOWN's Board of Directors


Effective July 1, 2021, The Board of Directors of SOWN have elected a new slate of officers as well as welcoming two new members. Denise McKnight, CPA, was elected to a two-year term as Board Chair. Denise is a Partner at Friedman LLP, a regional CPA firm, with close to 25 years’ experience in working with businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area. She has been a member of SOWN’s Board since 2012 and has previously held the positions of chair of the Finance Committee, Treasurer and Vice-Chair. Denise remarked at the annual meeting, “I am honored to continue to serve SOWN and to aid its mission of supporting older adults and their families in the Greater Philadelphia area”. Julie Howard Taylor was elected as Vice Chair of the Board. In mid-July she will assume the role of Director of Individual Giving at the Philadelphia Zoo. With more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector, Julie has held significant fundraising roles at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Della Lazarus was elected as Board Secretary. Della is a longtime SOWN Board member and supporter and a licensed Social Worker. She greatly enjoys sharing her knowledge and contacts to support SOWN and its work. Jane Hadley was elected as Board Treasurer. She is a Manager at Your Part-Time Controller and has been working in the field of nonprofit finance for over fifteen years. SOWN also welcomed new Board Members Morgan Gans and Claire Bocage. Morgan is an Associate in the Trusts and Estates Group with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. Claire is the Community Engagement Project Manager for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. “This Board brings strong, timely assets to help SOWN navigate the aging world” said Marypat Tracy, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director. “Together with our continuing Directors, I am pleased that SOWN has access to such deep knowledge and expertise.” July 2021





In the News