AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY

ABOUT CHANGES THAT WILL AFFECT

THE CORPORATE STRUCTURE AND PROGRAMMING

OF SOUTHERN HOME SERVICES

January 2011

At the beginning of this decade the board of Southern Home Services decided to affiliate with the Tabor organization. The affiliation was a success, streamlining operations and reducing overhead. Southern Home's prevention programs in North Philadelphia and Germantown maintained excellent track records for promoting academic improvement and ensuring child safety. Recent funding challenges, however, combined with the current economic climate, have impeded our initiatives to secure sustainable funding for Southern Home as a separate entity. Through the first waves of funding losses, Southern Home managers and supervisors found creative ways to maintain primary services while decreasing ancillary services. Welcome support also came from smaller foundations, special events, and generous individual donors. Constraints on our traditional government and private funders, though, resulted in continuing funding losses, causing the Southern Home board to re-think what would be the best means to promote the agency mission. The board now advocates fully merging within the Tabor organization, and incorporating within the programs of Tabor Children's Services those Southern Home values on academic improvement and child safety.

While it will be necessary over the next two years to close Southern Home Services as a separate corporation, we assure you that Tabor is committed to promoting the improved school functioning of children in care. Furthermore, Tabor, as you may well know, has always been dedicated to promoting child safety.

So we ask for your understanding during this transition period. And we ask for your continued support for our child safety and academic functioning efforts. The agency known as Tabor Children's Services has been helping children and youth for more than 100 years, and is worthy of your confidence.

As always, you will find that we are dedicated stewards of any funds you contribute to the Tabor organization. We look forward to your continuing connection to the children and their families in our care, as they truly need and deserve your generosity.

Sincerely yours,
Amy T. Petersen
President, Southern Home Services
Board Member, Tabor Services Inc.
 
William A. Haussmann, ACSW
Executive Director
Tabor Children's Services
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