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Over $95,000 raised! Over 520 participants!
Taunton, MA - Jordan's Furniture hosted the 10th Annual Walk/Run for Adoption on Sunday, May 19 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at its Taunton location. This event benefited the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in its ongoing mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care. Over $95,000 was raised and approximately 525 participants attended.
MARE focuses on children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) who cannot be reunited with their birth families, including those who are considered more difficult to place – teens, sibling groups, and children with emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges. These children are in need of adoptive families and a place to call home.
"What a great way to celebrate foster care adoption…through an event that celebrates families", says Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan's Furniture. "I love this event and am so proud to host it each year", he continues. "It is such a wonderful feeling to know that we helped to bring children and parents together to create families. It does not get any better! MARE has been a crucial partner during our 20-year commitment to the adoption community."
The family-friendly event kicked off at 10:00 am on Sunday May 19 with a 5K race followed by an after party filled with food, music, and activities including face painting, balloon artistry, glitter tattoos, a family photo booth, and arts and crafts.
By participating in the Jordan's Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption, you will help change a child's life by supporting MARE's work to recruit adoptive parents for children and youth in state care. Nationwide, there are over 117,000 children waiting in foster care, in need of adoption. In Massachusetts, over 3,400 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 1,100 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
MARE's Executive Director, Lisa Funaro, shared, "We simply cannot do this important work alone. We count on the generosity and resources from community members to help us in our mission to find adoptive homes for youth from foster care." She went on to say, "While raising funds is important, that isn't what this day is all about… It's about celebrating adoption and acknowledging the joy that children bring to a family. I am so pleased to see many of the same families every year, some of whom met at this very event, continuing to gather together and experience the joy and camaraderie of their shared experience."
Prospective adoptive parents can be almost any age (18+); single, partnered, married, LGBT; 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.
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. For more information about MARE, please visit mareinc.org.
Donated equipment for the Red Sox Foundation's inner-city league from Jordan's 2019 Double Play Program
Taunton, MA – Early morning on Saturday May 18 2019, a Jordan's Furniture truck pulled up to Gate B at Fenway Park. It was not to deliver furniture, though. The truck was filled with youth baseball equipment, all donated as part of Jordan's 2019 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, to benefit the Red Sox Foundation's RBI League, where over 2,000 inner-city youth play ball all summer long.
From February 5 through March 31, all Jordan's locations were drop-off points for like-new, clean donated youth baseball and softball equipment, including bats, catcher's equipment, gloves, cleats, baseballs, and softballs.
"This is the ninth year that we ran our youth baseball donation program because we have seen in past seasons that the equipment gets directly in the hands of kids who need it. And the need does not end," said Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan's Furniture. "In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids who just cannot afford to play sports. We are excited that we could, again, team up with the Red Sox Foundation…the perfect partner!"
"The equipment collection that Jordan's Furniture organizes each year plays such a big role in our youth baseball and softball programs," said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. "Last season, the donations were so generous that not only did we supply hundreds of children in our RBI Program with baseball and softball equipment, we even had enough to distribute to other programs throughout New England. The generosity of those who donate is truly incredible, and we thank Jordan's for their commitment to the community and for being such a terrific partner."
The donated youth baseball and softball equipment was distributed to the youth players on RBI's Opening Day at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury MA.
Over 225 youth in attendance for the 2019 Youth Achievement Celebration SPECIAL GUESTS – GOVERNOR BAKER AND FIRST LADY
Reading, MA – On Sunday, May 5 from 7pm to 9pm, Jordan's Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who are graduates from the Class of 2019. Special guests included the Governor and Mrs. Baker, Secretary of Health & Human Services Mary Lou Sudders, DCF Commissioner Linda Spears, and Jordan's Furniture President Eliot Tatelman. Over 500 people were in attendance, including the graduates, foster families, and social workers.
The statewide event took place at the Jordan's store in Reading, MA. The evening included food, entertainment, and an awards program to acknowledge the academic achievements of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests saw a video highlighting many of the honored youth, heard from guest speakers with inspirational messages and received gifts. Each graduate received a sports bag, a Red Sox shirt, a Red Sox cap, a Target store gift card, and IMAX Theater tickets. Guests came from across the Commonwealth to attend. Two full-size buses brought youth from the Western part of the state.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when 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 event is now held at the Jordan's store 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 500 guests, including 225 graduates, attended on Sunday, May 5 starting at 7pm. "This is our 17th year hosting this special event. Each year, it gets bigger and bigger", says Tatelman. "We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring the youth. It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions", he says. "It is our way to show our support for them."
DCF Commissioner Linda Spears also attended. "I look forward to this event every year," said The Commissioner. "The Department of Children and Families is grateful to Eliot and his team for giving our kids the opportunity to celebrate with friends, foster parents and social workers who know firsthand the strength and perseverance it took to reach these milestones."
"I am so proud of our graduates and continually inspired by their determination and resilience," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. "It's fitting this celebration falls in May during Foster Care Month. I am thankful to DCF staff and foster parents who deserve our support for providing loving homes, ongoing encouragement and guidance to these young adults."
The evening concluded with a private screening of the newly released Avengers: Endgame in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
Hundreds and hundreds of girls attended the 2019 Belle of the Ball Boutique at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Saturday March 31, in preparation for that all-important high school event…the prom! Most of the teens who were at the event would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the dance, due to the high cost of dresses, shoes, and accessories. That is where the Belle Boutique comes in! Throughout the winter months, sponsors like Jordan's Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank collected like-new dresses from generous donors. All dresses were cleaned for free by Antons and then distributed to area girls in-need through the annual Belle Boutique. Almost 1,000 high school Juniors and Seniors from area communities participated in the free, invitation-only event and chose their perfect dress so that they can attend the dance in style. Since the cost of the prom can keep this rite-of-passage out reach for many, the Boutique is an important day.
"I look forward to Boutique Day every year," said Eliot Tatelman, president and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "Every high school girl should have the chance to go to her prom and feel beautiful. This event makes that happen. It makes dreams come true for these young ladies - it's fantastic."
For the second time, the Hynes Convention Center was the host for Boutique Day, where thousands of dresses were displayed, in a variety of colors, styles and sizes - all free of charge. "With a large venue like the Hynes, the Boutique was better than ever," said Arthur Anton Jr., COO of Anton's Cleaners and corporate partner. "We continue to expand the number of guests and the space is a giant leap forward for our fifteenth year of service."
According to Arthur Anton Jr., COO, Anton's Cleaners and a founder of Belle of the Ball, "Every high school girl should have the experience of feeling beautiful, inside and out, at their prom. We couldn't make these dreams come true without a legion of corporate partners, dress donors, and a giant team of loyal volunteers and supporters."
As a primary sponsor of the Belle of the Ball program, Jordan's Furniture collected over 3,700 like-new and trendy gowns from generous customers at all store locations and also at their Taunton DC. In addition to the Belle Boutique, hundreds of the dresses were donated to Project Hope CT and distributed at their pop-up store called "Say Yes To The Prom Dress Boutique", a temporary shop that enabled teens in the New Haven community to shop for free for that special dress and matching accessories.
Jordan's is proud to continue their support of the Belle of the Ball Program.
(Reading, MA) –There are over 1,100 children in Massachusetts who are waiting for adoption right now. To help children needing adoptive homes meet families that are ready to parent, Jordan's Furniture hosted a special, invitation-only adoption event on Sunday, March 24, from 8:30 - 11:00 am, at Jordan's Furniture, 50 Walker's Brook Dr., Reading, MA.
Jordan's Furniture hosted this event in collaboration with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) to help find permanent families for children in state foster care. Prospective adoptive parents who have been through the approval process were able to meet Massachusetts' waiting children and social workers in a casual atmosphere. "We continually look for ways to encourage interaction between children and adults at our adoption events", says Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan's Furniture. "After all, that is why this concept of adoption recruitment events work…people interacting with each other, getting to know one another, making new friends." Tatelman continues, "Beanstalk, our indoor ropes course at our Reading store, is the perfect activity for both kids and adults to enjoy some quality time together. From previous adoption events, it has proven to be very successful in making matches and ultimately creating families! We are so proud to continue our support of the adoption and foster care communities through events such as this one because we see so many positive outcomes from our efforts," Tatelman concludes.
The private event was open to families currently involved in Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training or in the final stages of the home study process. Families had the opportunity to speak with social workers and to meet waiting children and sibling groups, in a fun and interactive environment.
"I am always so impressed by the generosity and support of our community partners, and Jordan's Furniture in particular", said MARE's Executive Director Lisa Funaro. "For over two decades we have been able to count on Jordan's Furniture to help us bring waiting children, families and social workers together, in such a fun and exciting venue. These opportunities for people to meet are an essential part of making connections leading to the formation of lasting relationships."
Over 600 guests attended this fun-filled event.
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. For more information about MARE, please visit https://www.mareinc.org/.
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Taunton, MA –There may be a chill in the air but it’s time to think baseball! Specifically youth baseball. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of their 2019 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth for the upcoming season. 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 4 2019 and running through March 31 2019, 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).
“This is the ninth year that we are running our youth baseball donation program because we have seen in past seasons that the equipment gets directly in the hands of kids who need it. And the need does not end,” said Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports. We are excited to, again, team up with the Red Sox Foundation…the perfect partner!”
“The equipment collection that Jordan’s Furniture organizes each year plays such a big role in our youth baseball and softball programs,” said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. “Last season, the donations were so generous that not only did we supply hundreds of children in our RBI Program with baseball and softball equipment, we even had enough to distribute to other programs throughout New England. The generosity of those who donate is truly incredible, and we thank Jordan’s for their commitment to the community and for being such a terrific partner.”
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the New Haven YMCA Youth Center
– There may be a chill in the air but it’s time to think baseball! Specifically youth baseball. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of their 2019 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth for the upcoming season. In partnership with the New Haven YMCA Youth Center, equipment will be distributed to inner-city youth.
Starting February 4 2019 and running through March 31 2019, equipment donations can be dropped off at Jordan’s Furniture New Haven Long Wharf. 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).
“There are so many kids right in our back yard who just cannot afford to play sports, due to the expense of equipment” said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “That is why we are so excited to team up with the New Haven YMCA Youth Center again…the perfect partner! They will get the donated equipment directly in the hands of local youth who simply cannot afford to play ball”.
“The New Haven YMCA Youth Center is thrilled to be partnering with Jordan’s Furniture!”, said Jisel Cordero, New Haven YMCA Youth Center Director. “The Jordan’s Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program will help the children we server to discover the sport of baseball and stay physically active.”
Returning partners include Jordan’s Furniture, Anton’s Cleaners, Enterprise Bank plus Boston 25 Cares, WickedLocal, Kiss 108 FM, JAM’N 94.5, The Bull 101.7, WBZ 1030, The New 97.7, WRKO and 100.7 WZLX.
Prom season is on the minds of high school girls throughout Massachusetts and it is a stressful season for those with limited financial resources. Social media peer pressure and pop culture can turn a typically memorable milestone into a crisis point for young women in crisis. Celebrating its 15th year, Caring Partners’ “Belle of the Ball” prom dress drive transforms high school junior and senior girls through the generosity of donors, sponsors and volunteers -- true Caring Partners collaborating to help any girl who needs a prom dress due to financial constraints.
Starting February 4, 2019 and running through March 30th, simply drop off your gently worn prom dress to any Jordan’s Furniture, Anton’s Cleaners, or Enterprise Bank location. All good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses are welcome. Anton’s Cleaners then cleans the donated prom dresses at no charge, and distributes to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom. (See antons.com, jordans.com or enterprisebanking.com for a location near you).
Monetary and in-kind donations are also welcome to cover jewelry, makeup and other accessories and prom-related services; visit antons.com/belle to make a financial donation. Caring Partners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Unlike other prom gown collection drives, this program culminates in a “boutique” event where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering – a powerful personal experience. This year over 1000 girls will be invited – more than ever before – to enjoy Boutique Day at the Hynes Convention Center, with dresses displayed in a variety of colors, styles and sizes, all free of charge. Since attendance is by “invitation only,” students must be pre-qualified by guidance counselors, teachers and social service agency personnel, who then refer high school girls to the program online only through antons.com/belle.
“In many ways, the world has changed dramatically since we founded this program 15 years ago,” said Arthur Anton Jr., COO, Anton’s Cleaners and a founder of Belle of the Ball. “But our mission has remained consistent: every high school girl should have the experience of feeling beautiful, inside and out, at their prom. Through our collaborative and generous corporate partners, dress donors, and a giant team of loyal volunteers and supporters, we are proud to make these dreams come true for the fifteenth year, ensuring no girl who needs a prom dress goes without one.”
The tremendous dress collection effort is coordinated with high schools, colleges, and corporate and community partners. Companies, organizations and schools interested in holding a prom dress collection drive, making an in-kind donation, or individuals looking to volunteer at the boutique can sign up online at antons.com/belle.
According to partner Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture, “We are happy to continue our support of Belle of the Ball, and invite our generous customers to bring their dresses and gowns to any one of our stores, and be part of this wonderful program. Attending Belle of the Ball is a highlight for me, as I look forward to seeing these girls’ magical transformations, and huge smiles, each season.”
For fifteen years, girls have shared final prom dress photos and written to the program with trans-formative stories, describing the impact Belle of the Ball has had not only as a clothing drive but the positive change in the way they felt about themselves.
To date, more than 4,545 girls have been outfitted since Belle of the Ball began in 2005, with over $2.7M in dry cleaning services donated by Anton’s since the program’s inception.
For more information about Caring Partners’ Belle of the Ball, visit antons.com/belle.
Also, with the Jordan’s Furniture partnership, a selection of donated dresses are distributed to youth in the New Haven CT community through Project Hope CT, who run the “Say Yes To The Prom Dress Boutique” each Spring. This year, the pop-up shop will be open from April 13th - May 4th. For more information, contact Project Hope CT at ProjectHopeCT@gmail.com | Phone: 203-936-9510.
From October through December 2018, all Jordan’s Furniture locations accepted like-new, gently-used winter coats for all ages, as a Corporate Partner and Sponsor of Coats For Kids, a program run by Caring Partners Inc. that provides winter garment for area families. Through the generosity of Jordan’s customers, over 7,100 winter coats of all sizes for both children and adults were dropped off during the 3-month collection period. All coats were cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners. The donated coats were distributed to area families in-need by partners such as The Salvation Army, Mass Coalition for the Homeless, Children’s Friend, MASSCAP, the Wish Project, Jumpstart, Community Giving Tree, New Reach Inc. and many others, including social service agencies in MA, NH, RI, and CT.
Jordan’s Furniture has been a proud sponsor and partner with Coats For Kids for over 13 years. A radio public-service-campaign aired throughout the market, voiced by Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman. To help further publicize the program, Jordan’s displayed posters in all stores, included information on the company’s website, posted messages on social media, and deployed email blasts. Jordan’s also ran special “Collection Days” with media partners like iHeartRadio and Boston 25 TV.
“This great program gives back directly to the community by helping area families stay warm during the winter months,” says Tatelman. “We offer our stores as drop-off locations for coats, making it easy for our customers to participate. Our friends at Antons Cleaners, who created the program, do such a great job. We are proud that our involvement helps to generate thousands and thousands of coats for families right in our neighborhoods.”
Jordan’s also provided many of the prizes for Coats For Kids’ “School Rewards Program”, including donations toward after-school or sports programs to the schools that collected the most number of coats. Tickets to Jordan’s Sunbrella IMAX Theaters were also donated to winning schools. Congratulations to this years’ winners - Watertown Middle School (Grand Prize winner), Colonial Park Elementary (1st Place Elementary School winner), Saint Paul Choir School (1st Place Middle School winner), and Woodward School (1st Place High School winner). Well done!
The mission of Coats for Kids is simple, “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” Since the program’s conception by Antons in 1995, over one million coats have been collected and distributed. Coats For Kids is a Caring Partners program and is sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank.