News & Events - Jordan's Furniture
In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Jordan’s Furniture hosted the 2010 Adoption Option on Sunday morning, October 24th in their Reading store. The event was open to anyone interested in the adoption of children or sibling groups from foster care. It was hosted by Jordan’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman and the DCF Commissioner Angelo McLean.
Over 300 families arrived bright and early for the event, eager to learn about the adoption process, talk to social workers one-on-one, and hear experiences from adoptive families. Participants also had the opportunity to meet over 80 children and interact with them through fun activities. The goal was to find permanent, loving families for the waiting children and the hope is that many matches were made during the Adoption Option at Jordan’s Furniture.
For more information about adoption through foster care, please contact MARE at www.MAREinc.org or call 1-617-54-ADOPT. Thank you for making a difference in your life and the life of a child.
Governor Patrick joins Jordan's Furniture and DCF in recognizing the academic accomplishments of those students living in foster care.
THE JORDAN'S FURNITURE Reading store was the locale for this year's DCF “Youth Achievement Celebration” held Sunday, May 2, 2010.
Jordan's Furniture president and CEO Eliot Tatelman and DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain hosted the event. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was a special guest speaker. Salem State graduate Laurie Rich was a special youth speaker.
The event was a celebration of those youth in foster care graduating from high school or earning their GEDs. Over 400 guests attended the event to recognize the graduates’ accomplishments. Guests included honored graduates, foster families, and social workers.
The night’s agenda included food and activities in the Beantown area of the store, followed by an award ceremony in the IMAX theater with guests speakers and gift-giving. The evening concluded with an IMAX film.
Jordan’s Furniture has been hosting the Youth Achievement Celebration for almost 10 years. Acknowledging the scholastic accomplishment of youth living in foster care is important to Jordan's Furniture. We are proud to continue our support of this important event.
Click on the image below to launch a slideshow of images from the event:
Jordan’s Reading store hosts 25 members of the Governor’s Cabinet.
JORDAN’S BEANTOWN BECAME a little more realistic-looking Friday, June 25, when it was visit by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and 25 members of his Cabinet.
The meeting took place in one of the furniture showrooms at the Reading store prior to the store’s opening. It was followed by a store tour led by Jordan’s Furniture president and CEO Eliot Tatelman.
To view photos of Governor Patrick's Cabinet meeting inside Jordan's Furniture, click on the image below:
Belle of the Ball 2010 Concludes After Impressive Campaign
THE 2010 BELLE OF THE BALL campaign concluded this week after several months. An impressive number of gently used gowns and dresses were collected at Jordan's Furniture locations this year. The total number of donated items reached 2,510.
Each year, Jordan's Furniture teams up with Anton's Cleaners to deliver gently used, like-new prom gowns and cocktail dresses to girls in need who are looking to attend their high school proms.
Once dresses have been collected, an "invitation only" boutique is planned, enabling high school girls to try on and select a free gown. A typical boutique usually includes over 2,000 dresses, all professionally dry-cleaned by Anton's Cleaners.
Learn more about the program, as well as the involvement of Jordan's Furniture, on our Key Partner Programs page.
In the Reading and Natick stores on May 22, Jordan’s Furniture teamed up with Aflac and Be the Match to register adults as potential marrow donors.
BONE MARROW DONORS save lives. Every year 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant using blood stem cells from a caring stranger. On Saturday, May 22, Jordan’s Furniture made it easier for Greater Boston residents to register as a donor. Hundreds of marrow donors were registered at the Natick and Reading stores. Jordan’s Furniture teamed up with Aflac and Be the Match to recruit potential donors.
Potential donors registered by filling out paperwork and providing a cheek swab. If those potential donors prove to be a match with a patient in need, donations can now be made through an automated blood donation.
In order to register, potential donors had to have been between 18 and 60 years of age, and they had to have been in good health. Registrants must also have been willing to help patients of any profile.
Jordan’s Furniture teams up with Aflac and Be the Match to register adults as potential marrow donors.
BONE MARROW DONORS save lives. Every year 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant using blood stem cells from a caring stranger. This past Saturday, July 24, Jordan’s Furniture made it easier for Greater Boston residents to register as a donor.
Dozens of potential donors registered by filling out paperwork and providing a cheek swab. If those potential donors prove to be a match with a patient in need, donations will be made through an automated blood donation.
In order to register, potential donors had to have been between 18 and 60 years of age, and they must have been in good health. All registrants had to be willing to help patients of any profile.
Invitation-only event in Worcester included families, social workers, and older children in foster care.
FAMILIES FROM AROUND Massachusetts came together with over a hundred children in foster care, and scores of social workers Saturday, July 24th at Assumption College. They came to do one thing: find permanent homes for older children in foster care. The event was sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture and Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s president and CEO.
"Jordan’s has been a part of the adoption and foster care community for over 10 years now", said Tatelman. "Once we saw how many kids, especially older kids, were looking for families, we started to do whatever we could to help out."
The event, "The Adoption Summer Mixer," took place at Assumption College in Worcester (chosen for its central location). Private invitations were sent to families throughout Massachusetts who have already been home-studied and MAP-trained. This means that they are ready to adopt. Invitations were also sent out to the social workers of 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, literally, make the connection between child and adult. The event included morning workshops, a barbecue lunch, and an afternoon carnival. The afternoon festivities created a non-threatening atmosphere in which guests could get to know each other. "We are excited to see the magic happen at our adoption event" said Tatelman. "These connections can change the life of both the children and the families. It is what it is all about and is much more rewarding than just selling furniture."
In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Department of Children & Families (DCF), Jordan’s has organized dozens of adoption events and countless foster care recruitment efforts over the years. Due to these efforts, over 210 children have found permanent homes. The Jordan’s projects have included underwritten adoption events, aggressive foster family recruitment programs, and media campaigns designed to bring awareness to the cause.
Red Sox Foundation fundraising auction featured one-of-a-kind Red Sox bed autographed by the entire 2009 Red Sox roster, donated by Jordan’s Furniture. The bed brought $5,800 to the foundation.
ONE LUCKY FENWAY fan will sleep in a ‘field of dreams’ in a one-of-a-kind baseball bat bed autographed by the entire 2009 Red Sox team.
The bed was donated by Jordan’s Furniture to the Red Sox Foundation (www.RedSoxFoundation.org)) for use in an auction at its fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 1. The bed ended up fetching $5,800 for the foundation.
The auction took place during Picnic in the Park, a Fenway Fundraiser benefiting the Red Sox Foundation. It was one of the largest annual fundraisers for the foundation.
Picnic in the Park commenced an hour after the Sunday, Aug. 1 game against the Detroit Tigers. At the event, participants :
- Got autographs from players
- Picnicked inside famous Fenway Park
- Enjoyed entertainment from Blue Man Group
Proceeds benefited Red Sox Foundation Scholars and the RBI Program.
Jordan's Furniture Hosts 2010 Plus One Celebration
JORDAN'S FURNITURE held the 2010 Plus One Celebration in its Reading location April 11. Invited guests came together to celebrate their efforts in support of the Plus One Challenge, an initiative to recruit foster families.
At the Plus One Celebration, guests enjoyed food, cocktails and the Motown sounds of The Original Vandellas and The Contours.
The Plus One Challenge is an initiative with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that was spearheaded by Jordan’s Furniture’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman to recruit new foster families in Massachusetts. The concept was created by a simple thought: "What if every existing foster parent recruited just one more foster family?"
This Challenge was issued in January 2009 to every foster family and every social worker in Massachusetts. The goal was to recruit 1000 new families.
The Plus One Challenge is state-wide and involves every foster family and every recruitment social worker. Eliot visits Foster Family Appreciation Dinners and DCF Regional Meetings, reinforcing the message. Most recruiting is very “grass-roots” within church’s, community organizations, schools, and neighborhoods, since foster families are the best recruiters.
All four store locations will serve as donation drop-off centers.
JORDAN'S FURNITURE is proud to once again sponsor the Coats For Kids program. The service initiative is aimed at collecting and donating gently-used, quality winter garments for both children and adults of families in need.
Winter garment donations will be accepted at all Jordan's Furniture locations from Oct. 11, 2010 until Jan. 8, 2011. Distribution partners include The Salvation Army, Cradles To Crayons, MASSCAP, BU Medical Center’s Outreach Van, Community Giving Tree, and others.
SPECIAL CHALLENGE FOR STUDENTS & SCOUTS
Students and scouts can get involved with Coats for Kids, too. Jordan's Furniture will award those schools that drum up the most support. A $1,200 prize will be award to the 1st place elementary school and the 1st place middle school. Jordan’s Furniture will also provide tickets to the Verizon IMAX 3D Theater to the winning Girl Scout group and the winning Boy Scout group.
Eliot stands with initiative partners Charles Anton of Anton's Cleaners
and Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz from Fox 25 TV.
On Saturday, October 23rd in the Jordan’s Reading location, guests participated in Child Identification Day. The event gave parents the opportunity to complete a child identification kit, containing a new photo, fingerprints, DNA sample and other bio-metric data, to keep on hand, in case of emergencies. Participants could also register to the national system of wireless Amber Alerts, which will send a text message to their cell phones, if an alert is issues in their area. Over 125 parents participated in this free event that took place in Jordan’s Beantown from 10am and 2pm.
Channel 4’s Jack Williams was on-site at Jordan’s Natick location for a special “success story” Wednesday Child shoot. Jack interviewed Tiana four years ago for his on-air segment. At the time, Tiana was in foster care. She was also part of an online interview with Jordan’s Eliot Tatelman, highlighted on the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) web site. It did not take long before there was interest. Tiana is now part of a loving permanent family. The legalization of her adoption took place in Worcester on National Adoption Day. Congratulations! For more information about MARE, go to www.mareinc.org. And for more information about Wednesday’s Child, go to www.jackwilliamswednesdayschild.com.
Jordan’s Furniture is proud to sponsor Project Bread’s 2010 Holiday Spoons Project! The program helps feed hungry families during the holiday season. Spoons are decorated by participants and sold for $15 each. That $15 donation will provide dinner for a family at a local soup kitchen. As a thank you, donors receive one these uniquely decorated spoons to display in their homes as a reminder of their support. Why spoons? When you see a spoon, you probably think of eating. It is important to think of those who are not eating and how we can help make a difference. We decorate spoons to help educate others, to show we care, and to show we want to help.
And your spoons will go twice as far this year! Jordan’s Furniture will match every dollar you raise with the Spoons Project (up to $10,000), doubling your efforts to help.
So start today! Be creative and have fun while helping those around us who are in need. Click here for more information. And thank you for making a difference, from Jordan’s Furniture!
Jordan's Furniture is proud to help support its WKLB and St. Jude partners in annual event.
A TWO-DAY FUNDRAISING event March 11-12 collected over $390,000 for the research and services of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Jordan's Furniture hosted the event, a WKLB Radiothon, in the Beantown area of its Reading location. The space included a live broadcast broadcast area, a performance stage, and a 12-person phone bank.
From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, WKLB’s personalities broadcast live from the store, conducting interviews with St. Jude patients and country artists.
Performers took to the stage throughout the day. The performers included Steel Magnolia, The Band Perry, Easton Corbin, and American Idol’s Danny Gokey.
Volunteers worked feverishly throughout the event, collecting donations over the phone, reaching a grand total of $394,318.
Jordan's Furniture helps Cal Ripkin Baseball league in Fitchburg, Mass. develop its own Monster Hit promotion, complete with centerfield sign and grand prize.
THE CAL RIPKIN Baseball league in Fitchburg has constructed a mini Fenway Park, complete with a Citco sign and a “Green Monster.” To complete the look, there is a Jordan’s sign on the field's centerfield wall—just like the one inside Fenway Park.
In addition to emulating the look of Fenway, the Fitchburg branch of Cal Ripkin Baseball decided its version of Fenway Park should also include a "Jordan's Furniture Monster Hit" promotion similar to the real deal running at Fenway Park. To help the Little League, Jordan's Furniture provided a blue Jordan's Monster Hit sign and a grand prize offering.
The actual Jordan's Furniture "Monster Hit" promotion is one in which customers have a chance at receiving a one-time rebate for furniture purchased within a certain window of time. In order for that to happen for qualifying customers, a Red Sox batter must hit a home run inside Fenway Park that directly hits the image of a baseball on the Jordan's Furniture sign in centerfield.*
The Cal Ripkin league's Monster Hit promotion is a little different than the actual promotion tied to the Red Sox. In the Fitchburg version, the first Cal Ripken Little League player to hit the baseball graphic in the Jordan’s sign receives free tickets to the Verizon IMAX 3D Theater inside Jordan’s Furniture.
Jordan's Furniture is the official furniture store of the Boston Red Sox.
To view photos of the Fitchburg version of Fenway Park, complete with a centerfield Jordan's Furniture sign, click on the image below:
* To qualify for the Monster Hit promotion, furniture has to have been purchased at any Jordan's Furniture location between April 1, 2010 and May 4, 2010. In order for a direct-hit homerun to qualify, in needs to take place between July 15, 2010 and October 4, 2010.
Organizations enjoy exclusive Sunday morning “viewings” of Enchanted Village
Very early on most chilly December Sunday mornings, Jordan’s Enchanted Village in the Avon store is bustling with activity. The venue plays host to many area charities and its families for private, exclusive events. Children’s Hospital ran their Miles for Miracles Kick-Off party and drew hundreds of guests, both runners and sponsored patients. Rodman Ride For Kids held a special holiday morning for the children of many of their partnering children’s charities. And teaming up with Massachusetts Adoption Research Exchange and the Department of Children and Families, Jordan’s held a very special morning in appreciation of adoptive families, which was attended by the Governor and his wife. All guests at each event enjoyed strolling through the Enchanted Village, photos with Santa, Polar Express 4D The Ride, the Holiday Laser Light Show spectacular, the Reindeer Game and a light breakfast. Additionally, The Genesis Fund’s Feingold Center held their holiday party early one Sunday morning in Beantown at the Reading store. The families and children saw the Liquid Fireworks show, watched a Trapeze School performance, tasted ice cream from Richardson Farms, and enjoyed a visit from Santa, including gifts. Jordan’s is proud to support many area charities during the holiday season.
Jordan’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman and Governor Deval Patrick welcome guests!
Jordan’s Furniture in Avon hosted a private viewing of the historic “Enchanted Village” holiday display especially for families adopting children from state foster care on Sunday morning, November 21st. Governor Deval Patrick, DCF Commissioner Angelo McLean, and Jordan’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman were in attendance to welcome the families.
In honor of National Adoption Month, Jordan’s Furniture welcomed 600 guests from these special families to tour the Enchanted Village. The event was for families who were in the process of adopting a child from state foster care. In addition to the iconic Enchanted Village display, guests were treated to a light breakfast, popcorn and beverages, plus the Polar Express 4D The Ride and the Holiday Laser Light Show Spectacular.
For 12 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. This Enchanted event was a “thank you” from Jordan’s to the adults who have stepped forward to give children in state care a loving, nurturing home.
“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 www.MAREinc.org or call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678).
The generosity of the Jordan’s Furniture employees came shining through during this holiday season when gifts were donated to over 800 area children in need, through Head Start Programs. Jordan's partnered with five (5) area Head Start schools. The participating J-Team members purchased and wrapped gifts for the children at the schools. The wrapped gifts were then delivered directly to each school by Jordan’s, in time for the holiday. The gift program serves the children and families in the areas of Taunton, Avon, Natick/Framingham, Reading, and Nashua (communities in which Jordan’s has stores). Jordan’s Furniture is proud to make the holidays brighter for some very special children.
MARE Walk for Adoption Deemed a Success at Jordan's Furniture
OVER 300 WALKERS turned out to the inaugural Walk for Adoption on Sunday, May 16.
Hosted at the East Taunton facility, the walk was a one-hour, non-competitive walk to benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the children it helps.
The goal of the inaugural event was to attract 200 walkers and net $10,000 in funds for MARE. The walk cost $10 for adults. Children (those 12 and under) and virtual walkers (those not in attendance on Sunday, May 16) were able to participate in the fundraising effort for free.
Weather was a factor. With beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine overhead, over 300 Walkers participated. The first Walk for Adoption raised $45,000 MARE, which has been a partner to Jordan’s Furniture for over 12 years.
Most participants of the event were adoptive families. The guests enjoyed a leisurely stroll route around the Taunton facility and a wrap-up party with bag lunches, a DJ, roving entertainment, and children’s activities.
Emcees of the event included Channel 4 reporter and adoptive mom Eileen Curran, along with Dept. of Children & Families commissioner Angelo McClain.
Photos Courtesy of Ken S. Kotch Photography
Natick store changes all its exterior LED lights to teal in support of the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Coalition.
SEPTEMBER IS Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Jordan’s Furniture in Natick is showing support by changing all of its exterior LED lights to teal, the official color of the cause.
Part of the national initiative, “Spread Teal Across America,” has been to encourage businesses and municipalities to show teal in support of ovarian cancer research and treatment progress. Other sites throughout the Commonwealth are awash in teal, including the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.
The Ovarian Cancer Awareness Coalition will sponsor TV and radio ads throughout the month, explaining the purpose and significance of displaying teal this month.
Press Conference at Boston Court House
Eliot Tatelman to speak
On November 19, 2010 six courthouses across the Commonwealth celebrated the adoptions of 149 children who had been in state foster care. The events marked the Commonwealth’s 8th annual National Adoption Day festivities. The National Adoption Day celebrations featured opening ceremonies in each courthouse with remarks by judges, other dignitaries, and some of the adopting families. In Boston, the press conference took place at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse. Speakers included Governor Duval Patrick, honorable judges, DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain, an adoptive family, and Jordan’s Furniture President/CEO Eliot Tatelman. Jordan’s has been a part of the adoption and foster care communities for 12 years, hosting events and recruiting families.
After the opening ceremonies, the formal adoption ceremonies began. Judges and adopting parents signed the official adoption certificates, and the children had the chance to bang the judge’s gavel to make it all official. Courts in all 50 states also opened their doors to legalize the adoptions of thousands of children from foster care and celebrated all families that adopt, marking the 11th annual nationwide National Adoption Day.