Ambler, PA – Liberty Lutheran is proud to announce it is the recipient of a $500 grant from the York Children’s Foundation to support its Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program. The grant was made possible with help from Dolores and Skip Urban, who own Urban Funeral Home in Ambler.
Mrs. Urban has worked part-time for the last four years as a Registered Nurse at Artman, one of Liberty’s Senior Communities located in Ambler. Inspired by Liberty’s dedication to helping our community’s most vulnerable individuals, Mrs. Urban wrote a letter to the York Children’s Foundation (YCF) last fall recommending the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program for a grant. YCF, which is funded by the Matthews Casket Company, awards funding to programs whose sole purpose are to support children.
“I think it’s nice to focus on areas that go to your heart. This is a program that meets a community need, a world-wide need. I think it is the responsibility of all people to reach out beyond our immediate area,” said Dolores Urban, of her motivation to secure the grant for the URM program. “It’s hard, as a small family-owned business, to make a difference in your community. This is a way for us to give back.”
The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program, operated by Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS), serves refugee children that have been separated from their parents or guardians overseas and have been legally admitted to the U.S. for care and protection. Funds will be used to support the educational needs of these children through after-school programs and activities, mentoring support, and a driver’s education program for youth that helps them to learn the driving skills necessary for employment and achieving future independence. Currently, the URM program is assisting 70 teenagers from countries such as the Congo, Burma, Bhutan and Nepal.
“This is a very resilient group of kids, that they have the wherewithal and gumption to get out of a horrible situation,” said Mary Ellen Glick, Program Manager of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program. “They are really motivated to work hard and get an education. For them to be noticed like this is really great,” she added.
Incorporated in 2001 and headquartered in Ambler, Pa., Liberty Lutheran, with its more than 25 locations and combined service history of 300 years,faithfully provides vital resources to individuals and families facing life-changing situations. These individualized services include independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice care, in-home supports, wellness services, children and family services, integration services for immigrants and political refugees, and disaster response. Liberty Lutheran’s team of dedicated employees serves individuals and families through their family of services in Eastern Pennsylvania, including Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, Liberty at Home, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Lutheran Congregational Services, Mary J. Drexel, and The Village at Penn State.www.libertylutheran.org