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Hundreds gather to find homes for youth living in foster care
On Sunday morning, March 8th, social workers and adoptive families came together to help find homes for the many youth and sibling groups who are currently living in foster homes and seeking adoption. In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Jordan’s Furniture in Reading hosted a private, invitation-only, specialized adoption event that included interactive element such as the BeanStalk Ropes Course, table games, and group activities, encouraging youth and families to interact. The guests were older children, youth, and sibling groups in foster care, adoptive parents who have been MAPP Trained, and experienced social workers. The goal of the event was to create a non-threatening atmosphere that is conducive for interacting, so that young people and adults can get to know each other, in the hopes of creating matches and finding permanent adoptive homes. In addition to the ropes course, there was a light breakfast and the Jordan’s Liquid Fireworks show, along with family activities. Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, was in attendance to greet the young people and families.
Collection for girls in-need through April 5, 2015
Jordan’s Furniture partners with Anton’s Cleaners
February’s red carpet televised events and “who are you wearing” fashion coverage can be a difficult reminder for high school junior and senior girls that prom season is just a fantasy for families with limited financial resources. The expenses of prom season bring stress on local families, and the “Belle of the Ball” prom dress drive is back to help high school junior and senior girls with financial constraints.
On February 2, 2015, the 11th annual Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Collection program kicks off and Jordan’s Furniture is proud to, once again, be a prominent partner. Belle of the Ball distributes clean prom dresses, courtesy of Anton’s Cleaners, at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom.
According to Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, “Giving back to the community is a critical part of what our Jordan’s team is all about. We are proud to work with Caring Partners and Anton’s Cleaners to help young women feel beautiful on one of their life’s biggest nights. At Jordan’s, we believe in helping young people in-need and we are proud that Caring Partners is one of our key partnerships.”
The public is invited to help by donating good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses. They can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture store and the Taunton Distribution Center through April 5, 2015. Belle of the Ball culminates in a day-long “boutique” where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering. Last year, over 400 girls participated in Boutique Day hosted by Simmons College, with close to 2,000 dresses in a variety of colors, styles and sizes displayed, all free of charge. To date, more than 2,300 girls have been outfitted since Belle of the Ball began in 2005. Since attendance to Boutique Day is by “invitation only,” students must be pre-qualified by guidance counselors, teachers and social service agency personnel, who refer high school girls to the program.
For more information about Caring Partners’ Belle of the Ball, visit Jordans.com or antons.com/belle.
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of the 2015 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a donation project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth. In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation’s Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities (RBI) Program, equipment will be distributed to over 2,000 inner-city youth.
Starting Monday February 2nd and running until April 5th, equipment donations can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture location (Reading, Avon, Natick, Nashua, Warwick), including their Taunton Distribution Center. All donations must be in like-new, clean condition. Equipment includes bats (metal only), catcher’s equipment, gloves, cleats (metal and plastic), baseballs (new), and softballs (new).
“In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports”, said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “We think that every youth should enjoy America’s favorite pastime so we created the Double Play Youth Baseball Program. This is the fifth year and with the help of the Red Sox Foundation, we’ll be able to reach a lot of inner-city kids in our area.”
“We are grateful to partner with community champion Jordan’s Furniture on this terrific equipment drive for the fifth year,” said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson. “Through the collection of gently used equipment, Jordan’s is making summer games possible for many kids in RBI and in our community.”
The 2015 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program runs until April 5th. All information can be found online at www.jordans.com beginning this Monday, February 2nd.
Donates over 8,500 winter garments to area families
A long time supporter of the Coats For Kids Program with Anton's Cleaners, Jordan’s Furniture began collecting gently-used and like-new coats in early October 2014. Winter garments for all ages were gathered at all five Jordan’s locations, along with the Taunton Distribution Center. And after 3 long, cold months, Jordan’s generous customers delivered! Over 8,500 winter coats (8,738 to be exact) for all ages were collected by Jordan’s Furniture. Once cleaned (free of charge by Anton's Cleaners), coats are distributed through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners , including BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Catholic Charities, Community Giving Tree, Massachusetts Community Action Programs (MASSCAP), Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Salvation Army, Taunton State Hospital, Wish Project and many more . “Jordan’s Furniture has supported Coats For Kids for a long time”, says Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “Each year, our wonderful customers hear the message and answer the call. I am continually amazed by the generosity of the people around us. To be able to contribute so many garments to families in our communities who are underserved is a great feeling.” Jordan’s Furniture is proud to be a significant contributor and partner with Coats For Kids, making the winter a bit warmer for many area families in-need.
On Sunday morning, January 4, 2015, Jordan’s Furniture hosted a private, specialized adoption event at Enchanted Ice, the indoor skating rink at Jordan’s Enchanted Village. The event was in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and its goal was to help find permanent homes through adoption for older children and sibling groups living in foster care. Over 200 guests came together to interact and get to know one another. In addition to the youth, guests included families looking to adopt and social workers. Families could get to know the youth during the activities and talk one-on-one with social workers about the adoption process. All guests also enjoyed a light breakfast, skating games, and activities.