News Updates

  • Crafting Kids Celebrate Their Parents

    Ethel Lawrence Homes resident Darcy Daniels is an avid crafter during her free time, often spending hours in her room dedicated to crafting creating fun new projects. Darcy reached out to the Education Center to offer her help and expertise in creating beautifully designed Mother’s and Father’s Day cards. “I think crafting is a healthy and productive way to deal with stress,” said Darcy. “I enjoy teaching the children something new, and hopefully besides the cards themselves, they will take away from the experience that they can create their own crafts on their own.”

    Published on June 18th, 2017 | Read more »

  • A Reflection by JV Margaret Cowles

    Working with such passionate, energetic kids has reinforced my desire to become a pediatric nurse and without ERLH, I would still be searching for this clarity of purpose. Fostering relationships with the kids, and teaching to the individual and not the mass, is the kind of innovative educating that makes Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center such an incredible place. I’ve taught everything: math, reading, sports, piano, filling out the FAFSA, career opportunities and even basic first aid! The Education Center fosters not only academic growth but personal, social and emotional growth as well through mentoring, group activities and emotional awareness and intelligence. Whether we’re cooking, studying or doing STEM experiments with the kids, I learn something new every day and I look forward to discovering more about myself as I enter into the second half of my year as a Jesuit Volunteer.

    Published on April 28th, 2017 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • 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 »