Celebrating 175 years of compassion, caring and service to our community.

Over the course of 2012, Children’s Friend and Family Services celebrated our 175th anniversary with a wide range of commemorative events and activities. Since we opened our doors in 1837, the sustained and extraordinary efforts of our staff, volunteers and donors has not only contributed to our organization’s proud history, but has also set the stage for meeting the growing community needs of tomorrow. At the heart of our celebration, we continued to raise awareness of our organization and recommitted ourselves to our distinctive mission “to improve the lives of children and promote strong families.”

Children’s Friend and Family Services Celebrates 175 Years of Service

Children’s Friend and Family Services celebrates 175 years of service to the children and families of the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors and donors who made this evening possible.

Children’s Friend and Family Assembles Honorary Committee for 175th Anniversary Celebration

Children’s Friend and Family Services has been helping children and families on the North Shore for over 175 years. An Honorary Committee was assembled for its 175th year celebration held  on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Hamilton Hall is Salem. Photo courtesy of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

Children’s Friend and Family Services assembled an Honorary Committee for its 175th year celebration on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Hamilton Hall is Salem.  The Honorary Committee included Reverend Laura P. Biddle, Minister, Tabernacle Congregational Church; Penny Bigmore, Manager, Seamen’s Widow and Orphan Association; Anita Blackaby, Executive Director, The House of Seven Gables; Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, City of Salem; Pam Jendrysik, President, Hamilton Hall; State Representative John D. Keenan; Margie Lavender, Administrator, Harmony Grove Cemetery; Dan L. Monroe, Director and CEO Peabody Essex Museum; Robert Norton, President and CEO, North Shore Medical Center; The Honorable Sally F. Padden, First Justice; Julie Rose, Woman’s Friend Society; Tory Stevens, Women’s Aid Society and Congressman John F. Tierney.“I was delighted that this group of esteemed leaders unanimously accepted our invitation to serve on our Honorary Committee.  We are grateful for their past, present and future support of Children’s Friend,” said Carla Saccone, President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the course of 2012, Children’s Friend and Family Services celebrated its 175th anniversary with a wide range of commemorative events and activities.

Children’s Friend and Family Services has been helping children, their families, and in turn their communities by providing compassionate and innovating counseling, mentoring, parenting and child psychology services since its founding as the Salem Seamen’s Orphans’ Society in 1837. Today, celebrating its 175th year, this thriving organization serves over 3,000 children and families each year throughout Essex County and Merrimack Valley through its four offices located in Salem, Lynn, Gloucester and Lawrence. Visit www.childrensfriend.net to learn more.

Children’s Friend and Family Toasts Volunteers and 175 Years

L to R: Carla Saccone, CEO of Children's Friend, Peter Gamage and Board Member Linda Gamage

Friends of Children’s Friend and Family Services gathered at the home of Jan and John Olson for a cocktail party in Manchester-by-the-Sea. The event was organized to honor many of the guests who have volunteered throughout the years and to share plans for Children’s Friends 175th year celebratory year.

High Tea Celebrates Children’s Friend and Family Services 175th Year

Carla Saccone, CEO of Children's Friend and Board Member Alyce Davis

A High Tea was recently held at the home of Children’s Friend and Family Services Board member Alyce Davis.  The event was hosted in honor of Children’s Friend’s 175th anniversary which will be celebrated throughout the year.  Learn more about Children’s Friend’s 175th milestone including an Anniversary Celebration at Hamilton Hall in Salem on September 13 at childrensfriend175.net.

 

 

The Quilt of Possibility

Quilt of Possibility

The Quilt of Possibility will launch its tour around the North Shore this month beginning with its debut at the Gloucester Public Library. What began as the thread of an idea has been woven into a beautiful quilt that has touched the lives of the women who created it and those who learn its story.

Through the generosity of the Bruce J. Anderson Fund, staff from the Gloucester office of Children’s Friend and Family Services facilitated a weekly women’s support group through the late Summer and Fall of 2011.

Under the guidance and leadership of Clara Wainwright, a widely recognized fabric artist who has worked with groups all over the world to create story quilts, the Quilt of Possibility was thoughtfully assembled.  Clara led discussions during which participants expressed their fears, hopes and dreams through working with various fabrics.  The women’s self portraits materialized as the quilt’s border.  When asked what they might want to express about themselves, the universal response was “despite enormous hardships, there is always the possibility of hope”.

The group designed the Gloucester skyline as a backdrop to the theme of hope.  Each woman is represented in the center of the quilt.  The small vessel is aptly named Poor Me, a boat from which one can escape, and with a helping hand, can join others on the fishing vessel Hope Floats.

Children’s Friend and Family Services celebrates its 175th year marking the milestone with a new strategic direction that pays homage to its history and sets the stage for meeting the growing community needs of tomorrow. At the heart of the celebration is raising awareness of how the organization remains focused on its core mission “to improve the lives of children and promote strong families.”

As one woman sees the experience of creating the Quilt of Possibility:

“In our experience, there is nothing more comforting than being covered with a blanket or a quilt.  In these hard times, hearts are worn, and we are not alone in the telling of this story.

Running…that’s the word that describes most of our lives.  Between children, work, our homes – juggling everyday things takes most of our time and energy.  Once a week, we were able to shed that fast pace, that momentum of being pulled in all directions – to sit down and be creative, telling a story using fabrics and textures – and most importantly – using our own imaginations.  We found a voice through art and we were bound together in a quilt of possibility.  Most of us realized talents we had never known.  In time, a true work of art was revealed in a unique way.  Everything changed.  A simple escape forever remembered.  The finished quilt leaves an imprint in all who created it; an impression on all who view it.  Many tiny threads unraveling, spinning, building a circle of hope for the creators and the admirers.”

Check back often to see where the Quilt of Possibility is visiting next.