A little over a year since its re-opening under the new administration of the non-profit Liberty Lutheran Children and Family Service, the E3 Logan Center, one of five in low-income areas in Philadelphia and the only E3 in the Northwest section of the city, graduated 40 young people who have successfully obtained their GED. The graduation ceremony at Moore College of Art will celebrated the achievements of over 100 graduates from all five of Philadelphia’s E3 Centers. Continue reading
In their own words, Hope and Ron Coder are “Penn Staters through and through.” College sweethearts, Hope, 79 and Ron, 83, met at Penn State when she was a freshman and he a senior. Fifty-nine happily-married years, four sons, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and 20 homes later, across the U.S. and Japan, the Coders are living life to the fullest back at Penn State at what they affectionately call, “The Village.”
Happy Valley is a state of mind. This couldn’t be truer for the residents at the Village at Penn State (VPS), who enjoy an active and intellectually stimulating lifestyle through the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. Liberty’s newest family member is tapping into the energy, intergenerational programming and enlightenment of the university, and staying young at heart.
When you meet Alex Minko, Nurse Manager at Paul’s Run Retirement Community, you notice his engaging smile and focused attention. It’s not until you talk to him that you learn about his American journey that began ten years ago when he came here on holiday from Belarus. “I loved it in America, and when I met the love of my life, I knew this would be my new home,” he says.
When I was seven years old, my mother sat me down to tell me that my younger brother and I had been adopted. She told me it meant that we were special, that we had been chosen, and that she and my father had longed so deeply for children that they had worked many years to have them. My mother’s words made me regret only one thing – I felt sorry for my friends who weren’t adopted.
Students of all ages and ethnicities sat around two large tables, reading in pairs or groups, and working diligently on worksheets. Everyone in the room came from different countries and backgrounds, but they were all there for the same reason, to learn English. For many of the students, this was their first classroom experience.