The Patricia Kind Family Foundation announced on January 27, that Trustees of the Foundation had approved a 2-year general operating grant for Baptist Children’s Services, a local human services agency serving at-risk youth in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
The Patricia Kind Family Foundation, with offices in Erdenheim, is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization, established in 1996 with a gift from the estates of Hedwig and Arnold Louis van Ameringen, parents of Patricia Kind. The Foundation is family managed and believes strongly in the importance of supporting families.
As part of the application process, Foundation Trustees Laura Kind McKenna and Christina Kind visited the University City Group Home for Girls, an 8-unit facility owned and operated by Baptist Children’s Services, in September. The resulting grant represents the first multi-year grant awarded to Baptist Children’s Services by the Foundation, and its second award from the Foundation since 2007.
“Unrestricted grants are extremely important to us as we seek to contain rising costs while preserving the quality of our residential services to youth,” said Laurence W. Buchholz, Baptist Children’s Services’ Executive Director. “We are grateful to The Patricia Kind Family Foundation for affirming the importance of our work with a grant of this magnitude and scope.”
Baptist Children’s Services was founded in 1879 as the Baptist Orphanage of Philadelphia. The agency proudly celebrates 133 years of providing care to orphans, children and youth. “Our program impacts not only the youth receiving services, but society as a whole,” Buchholz commented. “Because our group homes and emergency shelters exist, the youth’s reunification with his or her family is attainable, graduating from high school is achievable, and job training, college, and employment are some of the many options that our youth can aspire to.”
Baptist Children’s Services is a division of Tabor Services, Inc. with administrative offices in Germantown and Doylestown.