News Updates

  • ERLH Teen Directs New Art Club

    At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, 11th grade Ethel Lawrence resident Kayla Thurston asked if she could run an Art Club at the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center. The Art Club days have been a huge success, something the kids look forward to each month. It is certainly important for our education center to serve as an academic resource, but social and emotional development are also crucial. At the inaugural Friday Art Club, Kayla led our children to create Vision Boards, where they could think about their goals and dreams, and create a tangible record of them. This is a perfect example of art enabling us to express what cannot always be said in words. When asked about how she thought our children’s experience thus far has been, and what the success of her Art Club has been, Kayla responded: “I believe everyone is artistic. I just wanted to be the one to bring it out.”

    Published on April 20th, 2017 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • New Pull-Out Tutoring Program to Benefit MDOC Students

    An exciting new development has just begun involving our education center and the Mount Laurel School District. Our program has always been a supplemental educational resource that is available for the Ethel Lawrence Homes residents after school. Mount Laurel Schools recently invited the Education Center staff to come to the schools during the day to work with select students to improve their math skills. We will engage in co-teaching, pull-out tutoring, and side-by-side lesson reinforcement.

    Published on April 7th, 2017 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Northgate II Wellness Program Holiday 2016 Update

    There’s no place like home, especially during the holiday season. This festive time of year brings to light a sad reality: many older adults who would like to “age in place” are unable to do so, particularly if they are low-income minorities. The main issue isn’t just affordable housing, it’s also the lack of social services. Assisted living, the housing of choice for middle- and upper-income seniors, is rarely an option for the poor. But Fair Share Support Services, the social services arm of FSHD, is at the forefront of the movement to change this situation. Our wellness program at Northgate II in Camden has received widespread media attention as well as grant support because our innovative work integrating social services support with affordable housing has provided a model that is being replicated by other nonprofits across the nation.

    Published on December 8th, 2016 in Northgate II | Read more »

  • Meet Our New Jesuit Volunteers

    This year, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center has two Jesuit Volunteers: Meghan Murphy and Margaret Cowles. Meghan, originally from Denver, CO, is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She has a degree in civil engineering and is passionate about math, science and dance. This year Meghan hopes to incorporate some awesome STEM projects at Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center. She also wants to bring her love for dance to the center with fun dance classes and yoga exercises. Meghan is ecstatic to be here and has been loving every minute with the kids.

    Published on November 28th, 2016 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Can Mindfulness Help Kids Do Well In School?

    Many studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can lead to startling improvements in physical and mental health. It is known to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety and even helps to improve focus as well as reduce behavioral problems in youth. This is particularly helpful for low-income children who suffer considerable emotional trauma and stress growing up in a household where parents live paycheck to paycheck and often suffer from anxiety or PTSD after escaping violent neighborhoods where homelessness, gang wars and crime are rife. Many families living in Fair Share Housing Development’s award-winning Ethel R. Lawrence Homes come from Camden, which is one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the United States.

    Published on October 25th, 2016 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »