SOWN in Philadelphia Health Partnership Publication
"New Family Literacy Initiative Serves Children Raised by Grandparents"
The GrandFamily Resource Center is excited to announce a new family literacy initiative that is funded through a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation. Read here
SOWN in PCA Milestones
SOWN on WURD Radio
Coordinator of Philly Families Connect Arlene Segal spoke about SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center on 900 AM WURD Radio. Listen here
SOWN Awarded Digital Literacy Alliance Grant
SOWN was awarded a grant from the city's Digital Literacy Alliance to provide digital literacy workshops for grandparents raising grandchildren. Read here
GrandFamily Resource Center in Philadelphia Inquirer
SOWN Awarded Sun Life Financial Grant
SOWN received a grant from Sun Life Financial's Team Up Against Diabetes. Learn the positive impact of SOWN’s Philly Families Eat Smart program. Read here
SOWN in 2016 Green Tree Article
How does an organization that works with older adults find itself also working with children? Read about SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center in the Green Tree Community Health Foundation's Winter/Spring 2016 publication - "Across Generations with SOWN". Read here
SOWN on 6ABC Actions News
SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center was featured on 6ABC Action News on August 14, 2014. "If it wasn't for SOWN, I'd probably be crazy by now," says one grandmother in the video. "A lot of doors opened for me that I didn't even know were out there." View here
SOWN in 2014 Penn Medicine Article
Board member and HUP employee Eileen Addis, MSS, LSW, secured a grant from Penn Medicine CAREs to provide iPads as fitness tools for grandparent-headed families involved in SOWN's Philly Families Eat Smart program. Read here
SOWN in 2013 Trust Magazine
SOWN salutes the 16,000 Philadelphians who have stepped forward to raise their grandchildren. Read what makes it work in the Pew Charitable Trust’s Trust Magazine. Read here
SOWN in 2013 Milestones Article
SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center is featured in the April 2013 issue of Milestones, a publication by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Read here
SOWN in The Philadelphia Inquirer
SOWN, Penn's Village, and Ralston Center are helping Philadelphia's aging population combat loneliness. Read here
SOWN in The Pew Charitable Trusts Publication
Read how SOWN adopted a tool to collect meaningful data and build a culture of learning through the Pew Fund's Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative. Read here
SOWN in PCA Milestones
SOWN's new program for Parkinson's caregivers is featured. "'The SOWN program helps relieve that isolation [faced by caregivers] and the telephone format is convenient... Members don’t have to go anywhere or be pressured to get ready or worry. They can be at work or in their pajamas at home and still be part of the group. They can also be anonymous; and they don’t have to talk about their loved one in front of him or her.'” Read here
Important Update 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
"How Manayunk's Very Own SOWN has Helped Philadelphia's Older Adults for 35 Years"
SOWN is featured in Manayunk Magazine. Read here
SOWN's COVID-19 Update
"No internet. No backup plan: What happens to seniors raising grandkids in the pandemic?"
"SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center's Response to the Coronavirus"
"Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and COVID-19: Overlaying Risks, Uncertain Outcomes"
This article in the American Society on Aging's Generations publication discusses the challenges faced by grandparents raising grandchildren during the coronavirus pandemic. SOWN's Philly Families Connect is listed as a resource. Read here
"GSK awards Greater Philadelphia nonprofits making a powerful IMPACT on health outcomes now more than ever"
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.
SOWN on WHYY's Instagram Live
SOWN's Director of Programs Lori Latimer, Family Literacy Educator for Philly Families Read Together Jessica Begley, and Newsletter Coordinator for "SOWN Together" Jill Smith gave an interview on WHYY's Instagram Live about SOWN's programs, the older adults and families we serve, and the impact of our COVID-19 newsletter "SOWN Together". SOWN is a partner with the WHYY N.I.C.E. program. Watch here
SOWN on Uptown Radio's the Talk to Reebs Show
Coordinator of Philly Families Connect Arlene Segal gave an interview with E. Marie Lambert of Uptown Radio's the Talk to Reebs Show. Arlene discussed SOWN's history and current programs, bringing awareness to the relevance and needs of older women and their families. Arlene gave us a meaningful reminder of one of the biggest gifts older women hold, which is the gift of perspective. Watch here