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Over 600 gifts donated by the J-Team for the 2016 holiday season
During December of 2016, the Jordan’s Furniture J-Team family helped other area families within seven (7) different communities where there are store locations and a Distribution Center. It was all part of the Jordan’s Furniture 2016 Head Start Holiday Gift Program. Over 600 wrapped holiday gifts were delivered to the schools a week before Christmas, donated by the company’s employees. Participating staff members chose a name and then purchased and wrapped a gift to donate to the school. One J-Team member said, when thanked for the delivering gifts to the school: “It was the highlight of my year. I wish I could do this full time!”
Jordan’s Furniture has partnered with area Head Start programs during the holiday seasons since 2009, with all donated gifts directly benefiting the children and the families within the schools. Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. The programs within Head Start support early learning, health, and family well-being. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to make the holidays brighter for these very special children.
After 35 years on-air, Wally Brine, from the WROR morning show, is retiring. The last live broadcast took place bright and early on Thursday morning December 15th from the Enchanted Village inside Jordan’s Furniture. It was a perfect match, since both Wally and Jordan’s Furniture have a lot of history in New England. “This was such a tough decision. We call it a “Show,” but it’s so much more than that. The studio is filled with my friends, my family.”, said Wally of his decision to retire. “Loren and I have been together for 35 years, longer than most marriages. He’s been my friend, my teacher, my advisor, my confidant and my hero. I have been so blessed to have been teamed up with Loren. I will be forever grateful.” And the other half of the morning show, Loren Owens, was equally emotional. “When Wally told me that he had decided to retire, I was flooded with mixed emotions…from sadness to happiness!”, Loren said. “Imagine being able to spend your workday, every day, laughing and having fun with your best friend! Those opportunities only come around every... oh, I don't know... perhaps 35 years. Wally, the ultimate professional, one of a kind, the best!”.
Over $107,000 in cash and toys!
Hundreds of radio listeners and guests visited Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven CT bright and early on Friday December 9th from 5:30am to 10am to enjoy the popular “Chaz & AJ Morning Show” live from the IT Adventure Ropes Course inside of the store. The event was broadcast live on radio stations 99.1 WPLR, 102.9 The Whale, and 95.9 The Fox. To gain entry, each guest brought an unwrapped toy(s) or $20 that was donated to one of six area children’s charities. A record-breaking $107,391 in cash and toys was raised! Representatives from all of the organizations were on-site to receive the gifts immediately, so that they can distribute to their families in time for the holiday. Guests also enjoyed special guests, contests, games, the ropes course, breakfast, Blaze Pizza and a live performance by Jefferson Starship. Jordan’s was proud to host this special event that will benefit many local families in-need.
Event for foundation families with Down Syndrome children
There were lots of smiling faces and happy revelers at the Enchanted Village inside Jordan’s Furniture in Avon early on Sunday morning December 11th. The excitement was for the Genesis Foundation Holiday Party for families with Down Syndrome children. Hundreds of families gathered to enjoy the iconic village display, indoors ice skating, face painting, breakfast, games, gifts, and a special visit from Santa. The guests also experienced Polar Express 4D The Ride, The Laser LITE Holiday Spectacular show, delicious Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins, and an indoor snowstorm! Each child was given a specific gift and had a photo taken with Santa Claus. The Genesis Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the specialized care and treatment of New England-area children born with birth defects, genetic diseases and intellectual disabilities. Jordan’s Furniture has been a long-time supporter of the Genesis Foundation and of the work by the late Dr. Murray Feingold, founder of the organization. (Photo credit: Steve Lipofsky)
Families enjoy a private viewing of The Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon
(Avon, MA) – Jordan’s Furniture in Avon hosted a private viewing on Sunday morning, November 20th of the historic “Enchanted Village” holiday display for families adopting children from state foster care.
In honor of National Adoption Month, Jordan’s Furniture welcomed over 500 guests from these special families to tour the Enchanted Village before the store opened to the public. The event was for families who have adopted a child from state foster care.
In addition to the iconic Enchanted Village display, guests were treated to a light breakfast, the Polar Express 4D Ride, the Holiday Laser LITE Show Spectacular, Santa, an indoor skating rink called Enchanted Ice, wandering entertainment, face painting, and balloon artistry.
The 8,000-square-foot Enchanted Village attraction includes dozens of mechanized figurines and animals in a traditional New England holiday scene. Originally displayed at the Jordan Marsh department store, the Enchanted Village hadn't been open to the public since 2006 until Jordan’s Furniture re-launched the fully restored display in 2009 and added to the experience with new attractions.
For over 16 years, Jordan’s Furniture has partnered with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) to help find permanent families for children in foster care. Jordan’s Furniture has hosted adoption events to educate the public about adoption from foster care and facilitate matches between prospective adoptive parents and children in need of adoption. This “Enchanted” event is a thank you from Jordan’s to the families who have stepped forward to give children in state care a loving, nurturing home. To date, over 350 children have found adoptive families through the Jordan’s initiatives.
“We are thrilled to continue our support of the adoption community,” says Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “We meet so many wonderful children and families through our initiatives. Celebrating the families, especially during National Adoption Month, is what it is all about.”
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find “a permanent place to call HOME” for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place.
For more information on adopting a child or teen from foster care, please visit http://www.MAREinc.org or call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678).
Students transform ordinary wooden spoons into works of art and sell them to raise money to help fight hunger in Project Bread’s Holiday Spoons Program. And for every dollar raised per classroom, Jordan’s Furniture will match it and double the donation! Plus, students could also win passes to Jordan’s Sunbrella IMAX Theater by snapping a photo of their decorated spoons and sending them to Project Bread. They will have fun this holiday season AND help area families in-need.
For more than twenty years, educators have helped hungry families by engaging students in the Holiday Spoons curriculum. They teach the students about hunger and how they have the power to make a difference in their communities. And for the 16th year, Jordan’s Furniture sponsors the event by matching classroom funds and by offering prizes for the photo contest. “It is critical to educate students when they are young that it is important to give back to others who are less fortunate”, says Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s CEO and President. “Through the Holiday Spoon Program, the kids not only learn that there is a need to fight hunger right in their back yards but they also learn what they can do to serve their communities.” Tatelman adds, “We are so proud to consistently support Project Bread, now in our 16th year as a partner.”
To learn more about Project Bread’s Holiday Spoons Program, visit www.projectbread.org/holidayspoons. On behalf of all the hungry children and families who will benefit from the Spoons Project, we thank you.
(Reading, MA) – Hundreds of families, scores of social workers and many children in foster care came together Sunday morning October 2nd for Jordan’s Adoption Option, all with the goal of finding permanent homes for children and youth living in foster care. This free, informational event, which took place inside the Jordan’s Reading store, was aimed at individuals or families who ever thought about adopting a child or sibling group. Jordan’s Furniture hosted the event in collaboration with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF).
“In this day and age of technology, it is still essential to run events where adults and children have face time together”, say Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “Our Adoption Option creates a fun and inviting atmosphere where these connections happen. We continue to support the adoption and foster care communities because we see so many positive outcomes and successful matches from our efforts,” Tatelman concludes.
Adults new to the idea of adopting a child from foster care attended an Orientation Workshop in the IMAX theater to learn about the adoption process. They also had the chance to meet with social workers and experienced adoptive parents for private conversations. Prospective adoptive parents who had already begun the adoption process met Massachusetts’s waiting children and their social workers in an informal setting. They also talked with experienced adoptive families and enjoyed family entertainment, games, refreshments, food, and activities designed to encourage interaction with waiting children.
“Adoption Events are MARE’s most successful tool in placing children,” said MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro. “We are delighted to partner with Jordan’s Furniture to increase recruitment opportunities for children in foster care. These children want what most of us take for granted…the chance to blossom in a permanent, loving family.”
In Massachusetts, nearly 2,800 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 600 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Nationwide, there are over 107,000 children in foster care in need of adoption. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
Prospective adoptive parents can be almost any age (21+); single, partnered, married, LGBTQ-identified; homeowners or renters; experienced parents or new to parenting. Families of various income levels can adopt, as long as they have a stable source of income to support a child. There are no fees to adopt a child from foster care. Financial subsidies may be available, and children adopted from foster care are eligible for a tuition-waiver at Massachusetts state colleges and universities.
For more information about foster care adoption, please visit www.MAREinc.org or call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678).
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find “a permanent place to call home” for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. Jordan’s Furniture has been a partner with MARE for over 18 years. During their partnership, Jordan’s has hosted and financed many information meetings and recruitment events. As a direct result of Jordan’s support, more than 360 children have found adoptive homes.
2016 Rhode Island Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program benefits clubhouse with the partnering PawSox
Like-new baseball equipment was collected at all Pawtucket Red Sox home games at McCoy Stadium, as well as at the Jordan’s Furniture store in Warwick, during the 2016 baseball season. Generous fans and customers donated youth baseball equipment that was delivered to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket on Wednesday September 28th . Executive Director Jim Hoyt and Luke McLaughlin, the Club’s Athletic Director, received the equipment. Jordan’s Furniture has a store in the Warwick Mall and the Pawtucket Red Sox sponsorship is part of the company’s Community Outreach. “The Pawtucket Red Sox are a local institution in Rhode Island”, says Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman. “It has been a great opportunity for us to participate with the team within the local community. We extended our Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program from Fenway Park to McCoy Stadium and we were able to support a wonderful organization like the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, where hundreds local kids go on a daily basis for their programs”, Tatelman concludes. The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket was the sole beneficiary of this year’s program. The donated youth baseball equipment will go toward the clubhouse’s baseball league. In attendance for the equipment delivery were members of the Pawtucket Red Sox management team, the PawSox mascot Paws, representatives of the Boys & Girls Club and members of Jordan’s J-Team.
Customers and employees should watch debate live, says Pres/CEO Eliot Tatelman
Boston, MA – At a MassPort event held on Monday, September 19th at the Conley Container Terminal in South Boston that was attended by dozens of politicians including Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Congressman Stephen Lynch, and US Rep Michael Capuano, Jordan’s Furniture President/CEO Eliot Tatelman announced that he would close all Jordan’s stores next Monday at 8pm so that all employees and customers could watch the first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live with their family and friends.
“This is a very important election for our families, for our children and for future generations”, says Tatelman. “By watching the debate live, it will give people the opportunity to make an educated decision and cast a responsible vote, so we are closing all Jordan’s Furniture stores at 8pm next Monday.”
The debate is scheduled for September 26th from 9pm to 10:30pm EST.
“I also hope that other companies and retailers consider closing and allowing their staff to do the same thing…go home and watch this important event on live TV with their loved ones,” added Tatelman. “The world is changing. It is important that voters know who and what they are voting for by educating themselves. The upcoming debate will provide the political views and the personal characteristics of both candidates.”
Jordan’s Furniture is the largest furniture and mattress retailer in New England. The company began as a family-owned business in Waltham, MA over 95 years ago and is well known as a leader in combining shopping with entertainment to create engaging destinations that attract visitors from around the region. Jordan’s Furniture became such a successful and industry-unique enterprise that Berkshire Hathaway purchased the company in late 1999. Jordan’s Furniture employs over 1,400 people across six store locations in four states, each offering its own unique entertainment and attractions: Avon, Natick, and Reading in Massachusetts; Nashua, New Hampshire; Warwick, Rhode Island; and New Haven, Connecticut. A 900,000 square-foot facility in Taunton, Massachusetts houses the distribution center as well as the corporate headquarters.
Jordan’s underwrites tickets for Rhode Island families in-need
WARWICK, RI – Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which will be opening its fifth season later this month in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick, is pleased to announce that Jordan’s Furniture will once again be supporting OSTC’s 2016-17 Family Fun Fest as a Community Outreach Partner. The partnership will help under-served and underprivileged children enjoy a shared family experience through underwritten ticket opportunities to performances of OSTC’s popular children’s series.
Philanthropy has always been an important part of the business philosophy at Jordan’s Furniture, the New England based furniture retailer, which opened its sixth location at the Warwick Mall in December 2011. From the beginning, when brothers Barry and Eliot were working for the family business, until now, with Eliot still at the helm, community outreach has been part of the plan.
“Jordan’s Furniture is proud to support the OSTC’s Family Fun Fest and families throughout Rhode Island,” said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. “As a leader in the community, it is important to us to support children and families who are under-served and through this partnership, Jordan's is able to provide an experience to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the theatre. It is something that the whole family can enjoy together.”
The generous contribution received from Jordan’s Furniture is being used to offer families, through the Head Start and Foster Care programs, the opportunity to attend a live theatrical experience.
OSTC’s Family Fun Fest features a variety of performances, which are held on select Saturday mornings from September through June. This year’s performances include, Airborne Jugglers, Sing Away Hunger featuring Bill Harley and Keith Munslow, Pirate School, Keith Michael Johnson’s Bubbleology, Bruce Kalver’s Magical Moments and OSTC4Kids productions of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Me, Myself and Three, and Thunder and Potatoes,
“We are thrilled that Jordan's Furniture has chosen to continue its support of our Family Fun Fest," said Amiee Turner, CEO of Ocean State Theatre Company. "We are passionate about arts education and believe every child in Rhode Island deserves to have the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre. With the generous contribution from Jordan's Furniture, we are able to reach a wider population and provide them with a unique learning experience, which will impact them for years to come."
Family Fun Fest performances will be held on select Saturday mornings at 11:00 am at Ocean State Theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Single tickets are $10.00 each with packages of three shows or more for $8.00 per ticket. Discount rates are also available for groups of 20 or more by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon – 4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain time on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.
For information regarding underwriting, sponsorships, donations or gifts please call (401) 921-1777 x113
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC) is a professional not-for-profit regional theatre whose mission is to preserve and pass on the tradition of live, professional theatre – including the American musical – and to pursue avenues of enrichment and education for the benefit of the state of Rhode Island and the surrounding region through the theatre arts. OSTC, which re-opened and ran the historic Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, RI from 2007-2012 and began producing shows in Warwick, RI in 2012, is an IRS designated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
Jordan’s Donates to Cradles to Crayons’ 10th Annual Ready for School Program.
BOSTON, MA—From June 13 through August 14 2016, all Jordan’s Furniture store locations and the Taunton Distribution Center collected new and like-new clothing and shoes in support of Cradles to Crayons’ 10th Anniversary Ready for School program—which provides local low-income and homeless children with the essential items needed for a successful school year. Thanks to the generosity of customers, the Jordan’s Furniture donation will help 3,758 local children start their school year prepared and dressed for success, from head to toe. A delivery of the donation from Jordan’s Furniture to the Cradles To Crayons Giving Factory took place on Thursday August 18th. The Giving Factory is located at 155 North Beacon Street in Brighton, MA.
“With so many kids right here in our communities who are in need, we are thrilled to be able to deliver, literally, a truck filled with donations to the Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory so that these young students are ready to head back to school,” says Eliot Tatelman, President/CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “The donations, from our wonderful customers, come at a crucial time of year, when so many ready-for-school items have already been distributed. It means a lot to us that this collaboration with Cradles to Crayons is impactful to the children throughout the state. We are proud to be a partner!”
“Many of the children are not used to having things of their own.” said Alison Dignam from Horizons for Homeless, one of Cradles to Crayons’ Service Partners. “Having quality back to school clothing and supplies that they are proud of boosts their self-esteem during their first school age experiences.”
Cradles to Crayons is committed to the idea that “Quality=Dignity,” ensuring all distributed essentials meet high quality standards so kids can confidently focus on learning. Volunteers at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory® in Brighton, MA help sort, inspect, and assemble donations into individually-tailored KidPacks® that go directly to local children ages birth to 12 years old through Cradles to Crayons’ network of 124 Service Partners—agencies such as MSPCC, Horizons for Homeless Children, Head Start Programs and more. This latest donation from Jordan’s Furniture marks the fifth year of this integral partnership, which has helped more than 13,000 children to date.
“Starting school without the proper clothing, shoes, and other essentials can create social and emotional obstacles for children,” said Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO, Lynn Margherio. “Over the past five years, Jordan’s Furniture’s contribution to our Ready for School program has enabled over 13,000 kids to enter the classroom on the first day of school with confidence. I am so thankful for this critical partnership— being able to rely on Jordan’s as a consistent source of support for this program means so much to us and the children we serve.”
Worcester, MA - Over a hundred children in foster care, countless families from around the community and scores of social workers all came together on Saturday, July 23rd at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, all with one goal in mind…to find permanent homes for some of the hundreds of older children in foster care. The event was coordinated, underwritten and sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture.
“Jordan’s Furniture has been a part of the adoption and foster care community for over 16 years now”, says Eliot Tatelman Jordan’s President and CEO, referring to the dozens of Jordan’s initiatives that have occurred over the years. “Once we saw how many kids, especially older kids, who were looking for permanent families, we started to do whatever we could to help find them a loving home.”
The event at Assumption College (in Worcester, due to the central location) included a special group of guests. Private invitations were sent to families who have already been home-studied and MAPP Trained. This means that they are ready to adopt. Invitations were also sent out to social workers of the many older children (ages 7 to 16) currently in foster care and legally ready for adoption.
The hope for “The Adoption Summer Mixer” was to make the connection between child and adult. The event included morning workshops, a catered lunch, and an afternoon carnival. The afternoon festivities created a non-threatening atmosphere where guests got to know each other. “We were excited to see the magic happen at our adoption event” concludes Tatelman. “These connections can change the life of both the children and the families. It is what it is all about and it is much more rewarding than just selling furniture!”
In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Jordan’s has organized dozens of adoption events and countless foster care recruitment efforts over the years. Due to these efforts, over 320 children have found permanent homes. The Jordan’s projects have included underwriting adoption events, coordinating foster family recruitment programs, and financing media campaigns to bring awareness to the cause.
Starting June 13th and running through August 14th, all Jordan’s Furniture store locations and the Taunton Distribution Center will collect donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children ages birth to twelve years old in support of Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for School program. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Cradles to Crayons’ school preparedness program, which provides local Massachusetts homeless and low-income children with the essential back-to-school supplies and clothing needed to start the year prepared and excited to learn. To kick-off the collection, Jordan’s Furniture in Reading MA, joined by radio stations MAGIC 106.7 and HOT 96.9, will host a Stuff-A-Truck event on Saturday June 18th from 10am to 2pm. Customers and supporters are urged to bring donations to the store during the event. The Cradles to Crayons/Jordan’s Furniture partnership, now in its fifth year, has supported 8,677 children to date.
“We are so proud to continue our partnership with Cradles to Crayons and to support their Ready for School program,” said Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “I remember my first days of school and all of the memories of each one. It is so important for every child to feel worthy. By working with the team at Cradles to Crayons, we hope to do our part in helping area children get ready for school and be prepared to learn. Through the generosity of our wonderful customers, we know that our donation drives have made an impact during the last four years. We hope for the same success this year.”
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 with the mission of providing children from birth to age twelve with the clothes, toys, school supplies, shoes, and other essentials they need to thrive. The organization provides these items free of charge by working through a network of Service Partners like MSPCC, Horizons for Homeless Children, Head Start Programs, and others to distribute customized KidPacks, containing a week’s worth of clothing and critical items. Cradles to Crayons is a trusted resource to families in need, to the partners who serve those families, and to families, corporations, and individuals looking for ways to make tangible differences in their own communities. Ready for School will serve 70,000 children this year between June 1 and September 30.
“In our ten years of preparing kids for school, Jordan’s Furniture has been a key supporter for five of them. Their commitment to our mission raises incredible awareness and brings the community together—and when that collective is focused on taking care of each other, anything is possible,“ said Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO, Lynn Margherio. “On behalf of the kids we serve, we would like to thank Jordan’s for their continued dedication to supporting local children in need.”
The two-month donation drive— through August 14—takes place at all store locations in Avon, MA; Reading, MA; Natick, MA; Nashua, NH; New Haven, CT; and Warwick, RI; along with the Jordan’s Distribution Center in East Taunton, MA and strives to provide every child with essentials of the highest quality. Accepted clothing donations (pants, shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. and NEW pajamas, socks, and undergarments) should be like-new or new, with no rips, stains, or tears in Youth sizes 0 to 18/20 and Adult sizes Small and Medium. Shoe donations include sneakers, school shoes, and boots in sizes infant to adult 10.
About Jordan’s Furniture
Jordan’s Furniture is a 6-store retail company that is known for combining entertainment with shopping, creating a customer experience like no other. There are stores in Reading, MA, Natick, MA, Avon, MA, Nashua, NH, Warwick, RI, and New Haven, CT. Each one has its own unique brand of entertainment: IMAX Theaters, indoor adventure ropes courses, laser water shows, an iconic holiday “village,” a city made of jellybeans, full-service restaurants and more. The company is also known for incorporating philanthropy into its business model, with donation programs running year-round that benefit local and regional charities. Jordan’s Furniture, originally a family owned and operated company, is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
About Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons is a national nonprofit organization with locations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. Cradles to Crayons supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need, collecting new and like-new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers at warehouses called “Giving Factories” and are distributed to children through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. For more information, visit www.cradlestocrayons.org.
Over $65,000 raised to support the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
On Sunday morning May 22nd in Taunton MA, Jordan’s Furniture hosted the 2016 WalkRun for Adoption, in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). This was the 7th year for the annual event. It supports the programs of MARE that help to find permanent homes for older children living in foster care. Over $65,000 was raised! Eliot Tatelman, President/CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, greeted and welcomed the participants. "Every year, I look forward to the day of the Walk/Run for Adoption”, says Tatelman. “What a great feeling it is to look out at all of those families and those smiling faces...everyone coming together to support and celebrate adoption! I meet so many wonderful people and re-connect with some special kids, some who found their Forever Families at Jordan's events. There is no better feeling in the world!”.
Over 500 participants and volunteers attended to walk, run, and celebrate adoption from foster care. Many of the guests were adoptive families and social workers. “What makes a house feel like a home?” asks Eliot. “It’s not furniture,” comes the surprising answer, “It’s family. However, hundreds of kids living right here in Massachusetts are waiting for all the comforts of home AND family,” he added. That is why Jordan’s Furniture, a long-time champion for children in state foster care, organized and hosted the Walk/Run for Adoption. The event included a 5K run and walk, light lunch, and a Post Party with a DJ, music, raffles, and children’s activities such as face painting, balloon twisting, a stilt-walker, bead jewelry making, name-coloring sheets, frisbee spin art and other crafts.
MARE’s programs support the recruitment of adoptive parents for children and teens in foster care. Over 600 local children are currently growing up in temporary foster care while waiting for permanent homes. MARE has helped more than 6,000 children leave foster care for permanent families over the past 56 years. And during the 16-year MARE/Jordan’s partnership, over 360 children have found adoptive homes due to the events and programs organized and underwritten by Jordan’s Furniture.
For more information about adoption from foster care, contact MARE at 800-882-1176, 617-54-ADOPT, or visit www.MAREinc.org. MARE is a private, non-profit organization, working since 1957 to find a “permanent place to call home” for youth in foster care.
Jordan’s Furniture is proud to continue their partnership with the adoption and foster care communities, all in support of the wonderful kids who all deserve a permanent, loving home.
President/CEO Eliot Tatelman is joined by CT Governor Dannel Malloy
In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman was joined by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy to launch their New Haven store’s Video Heart Gallery display, a permanent exhibit featuring children in foster care who are seeking adoption. The event took place on Wednesday May 18, 2016 inside the Jordan’s New Haven store, near the display. Other speakers included CT DCF Deputy Commissioner Michael Williams, CT Comptroller Kevin Lembo and his husband Charles Frey who are adopted parents and recent licensed foster parents, Heart Gallery photographer Jeffrey Kerekes, and several youth in foster care who are highlighted in the Heart Gallery exhibit. Attending guests included foster families, social workers, and press. After the Unveiling Event, families enjoyed the IT Adventure Ropes Course, Blaze Pizza, and Scoop IT Ice Cream.
Jordan’s Furniture has been a strong supporter of the adoption and foster care communities in the states of other store locations. Due to the Jordan’s initiatives during the 15-year partnership, over 360 children in foster care have found adoptive homes. Jordan’s looks forward to future collaborations in the state of Connecticut to assist these communities.
Over 225 youth earn diplomas and are honored at the 2016 Youth Achievement Celebration at Jordan’s Furniture
On Sunday, May 15th at 7pm, Jordan’s Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who were graduates from the Class of 2016. The statewide event took place at the Jordan’s store in Reading, MA. It was hosted by Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. The evening included food, entertainment, and an awards program to acknowledge the academic achievements thus far of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests were shown an emotional video highlighting many of the honored youth, heard from speakers with inspirational messages and received a gift bag which included an Adidas sports bag, a Red Sox long-sleeve tee-shirt, a Target store gift card, and IMAX tickets. Buses brought guests from the Western part of the state to the event.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when over 75 celebrants were invited to the IMAX Theater in Natick. In 2007, the event grew and youth from across the state joined in the celebration. The celebration is now held in Reading to accommodate the number of youth, their foster parents, siblings, and social workers who gather to celebrate their academic achievements each May. Over 225 graduates attend this Sunday. “Each year, this event gets bigger and bigger. We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring the youth,” said Tatelman. “It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions. It is our way to show our support for them.”
The evening concluded with a private screening of the newly-released Captain America: Civil War in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
Jordan’s Furniture was a primary sponsor in the 2016 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon that took place on site at the hospital on Thursday April 7th, in partnership with Cumulus Radio. It raised over $430,000! There were live broadcasts by radio stations 630 WPRO, 92 PRO FM, Lite Rock 105, and Hot 106. The stations shared stories of children who have been patients at the hospital and collected donations from listeners, all benefiting the programs and services of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. In addition to the sponsorship, Jordan’s donated the furniture for the Family Area, where families of the hospital could relax between on-air interviews. One lucky family got to take the furniture home with them! Jordan’s Furniture was proud to support this exciting event and happy to support such a worthy cause, benefiting the local children and families of Rhode Island.
Jordan’s Furniture hosts Beanstalk Adventure Morning at Reading store to help find adoptive homes for children and youth in foster careTruck full of donated equipment delivered to Fenway Park
On Saturday April 16th, a Jordan’s Furniture truck pulled up to the Gate K (for kids!) at Fenway Park to make a very special delivery. Due to the generosity of Jordan’s customers, a truck filled with like-new, clean baseball/softball equipment was donated to the Red Sox Foundation. The donation was all part of Jordan’s Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, where gently-used and like-new youth baseball equipment is collected at all Jordan’s locations. The equipment is then distributed to an inner-city youth league with over 2000 players, in partnership with the Red Sox Foundation. Due to the donations, there are many participating youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity to play ball. Go team!
Eliot receives Humanitarian Award
On Friday evening April 8th, Brockton Area Multi Services Inc celebrated with donors and supporters at their 2016 Magic of Home Gala that took place at the Granite Links Golf Club Ballroom in Quincy, MA. Hundreds of people came together to support the fine work of BAMSI and to enjoy a cooking demonstration by A&E Celebrity chef Paul Wahlburg, food stations, live entertainment, and an auction. The event was hosted by former WCVB anchor Susan Wornick. During the evening, BAMSI President Tony Simonelli presented Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO, with their 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award, as a result of the philanthropic efforts with children in-need, with the adoption and foster care communities, and with the many non-profit agencies that Jordan’s partners with including Coats For Kids, Cradles To Crayons, Head Start, and the MA Coalition For The Homeless. Jordan’s Community Outreach aligns with BAMSI’s core values of compassion, honesty, inclusion, and collaboration.
BAMSI is a private non-profit human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs. With over 85 residential homes and more than 120 day programs, BAMSI supports over 25,000 clients each year through a network of services. Jordan’s is happy to continue the partnership and Eliot was proud to accept the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Despite an unseasonable April snowstorm on Sunday morning April 3rd, hundreds of people gathered at the Jordan’s Furniture store in Reading MA before the it opened to the public from 9am to 11am for a private event with partner Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)…all to find permanent, adoptive homes for some very special children and youth. Over 105 children in foster care and about 95 pre-adoptive families attended, along with social workers from all parts of the state. Families and children got to know each other through fun activities like the BeanStalk Ropes Course, air hockey, foosball, photo necklaces and more. Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO, was on-site to greet everybody and Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson stopped by, too. There was a lot of communication that happened between the guests. In this day and age of technology, it is events such as this one that provide “face time” together and where matches happen and permanent adoptive homes are found. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to continue their support of the adoption and foster care communities and its partnership with MARE.
Furniture retailer is a Gold Sponsor of Brockton-Area Multi Services
For the second year in a row, Jordan’s Furniture is a proud sponsor of Brockton-Area Multi Services, Inc. (BAMSI), a private non-profit human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs. Since 1975, BAMSI has assisted individuals and families throughout Massachusetts. With over 85 residential homes and more than 120 day programs, BAMSI supports over 25,000 clients each year through a network of services. Jordan’s is proud to continue the partnership.
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Taunton, MA - Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of the 2016 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 February 1st and running until March 27th, equipment donations can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture location in MA, RI, or NH, 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 sixth 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 sixth 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 2016 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program runs from February 1st until March 27th. All information can be found online at www.jordans.com.
In the bright lights of red carpet arrivals in February award shows, high school junior and senior girls are constantly reminded that prom season brings enormous stress on local families with limited financial resources. Young women are bombarded with media messages about designer dresses, shoes, jewelry and hair and makeup tips, and yearn to participate in one of the biggest (and most expensive) events in a young adult’s life. For the 12th time, the “Belle of the Ball” prom dress drive is back to help high school junior and senior girls who may choose not to attend this major life event due to financial constraints.
On February 1, 2016, the 12th annual Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Collection program kicked off at all Jordan’s Furniture locations and Antons Cleaners through March 26, 2016. The public is invited to help by donating good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses and like-new special occasion purses.
Jordan’s supports the program by collecting the dresses and by promoting the initiative. Antons cleans the donated prom dresses at no charge. The dresses are distributed to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom.
These items can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture store or Antons location through March 26, 2016.
According to Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, “We are happy to continue our support of this great program with Anton’s and Caring Partners. Our generous customers donate hundreds of dresses and gowns, and the Belle Boutique Day is so inspiring. We are so proud to play an integral role in Belle of the Ball. It warms our hearts to see the huge smiles on the faces of these wonderful girls each season.”
Last year, Belle of the Ball collected 6,789 dresses as well as thousands of shoes, purses and makeup items from more than 1,000 individuals from local corporations, nonprofits, retailers, media partners and volunteers.
“Prom is one of the most memorable days in a young woman’s life, and as long as this program has been running, we ensure that no high school girl misses her prom for financial reasons,” said Arthur Anton Jr., COO, Anton’s Cleaners and a founder of Belle of the Ball. “Belle of the Ball was established a dozen years ago to let girls feel like a princess on the night of the ball and be beautiful, inside and out, thanks to our team of volunteers and supporters.”
Promotional partners on board this year including Jordan’s Furniture, FOX25, The Bull 101.7, Kiss 108 FM, JAM’N 94.5, and Wicked Local.
Donates over 7,800 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 late 2015. 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 7,800 winter coats (7,871 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.