News Updates

  • Pioneering Senior Affordable Housing Care In The COVID-19 Era

    As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the national health care system and economy, a mass infection of Northgate II residents has the potential to overwhelm the county hospital system. To help us deal with COVID-19 crisis, FSSS is seeking funding to pioneer telehealth wellness programming in senior affordable housing. Telehealth allows remote access to healthcare providers, who can virtually triage when a COVID-19 patient should head to the ER or is safe to remain quarantined at home. Senior-friendly computer tablets can help tenants deal with the ill effects of prolonged social isolation by providing access to mental health professionals as well as online wellness programming including yoga, tai chi, Zumba, meditation and other fitness classes. Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, telehealth wellness programming continues to gain ground in middle and upper-income senior communities, but remains an out-of-reach luxury for poor seniors living in affordable housing.

    Published on May 14th, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • An Update to Our Supporters on the COVID-19 Crisis

    FSHD exists to protect and care for society’s most vulnerable citizens: low-income seniors, children and the disabled. So we have put plans into place to reach out to hundreds of families in their homes in order to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our residents’ health and well-being.

    Published on March 25th, 2020 | Read more »

  • Where Are Our Grads Now?  New Database Will Track Educational Outcomes

    Something that we recognized as missing from our records here at Fair Share Housing was a comprehensive database of alumni who’ve attended our center. In order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of both the challenges our families face as well as the triumphs experienced by our students, we have begun to contact parents of our student alumni. During these conversations, we ask our parents to share their childrens’ current employment, residence, educational pursuits, as well as their experience living in Ethel Lawrence Homes and the greater Mount Laurel community.

    Published on March 1st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Nearly 100 Residents Turn Out To Celebrate Black History Month

    On February 25, 2020, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration. The neighborhood’s namesake hero, Ethel R. Lawrence, was especially celebrated and remembered. With an advanced screening of the forthcoming documentary on her life and legacy, residents were reminded of the difference one person can make in the community and the world. We honor Ethel Lawrence and the countless named and unnamed heroes of color who’ve made our world a more just, peaceful, and beautiful place for everyone.

    Published on February 25th, 2020 | Read more »

  • Jesuit Volunteer Reflection

    The children at the Education Center have captured my heart. When I met them last summer, I could not have imagined the amount of joy I would receive from all of the students. To be able to play even the smallest role in supporting our kids makes every day worthwhile. Whether it is helping a student understand how to add fractions or discussing acts of bullying going on at their school, I am grateful to be able to enter into that space with that child and simply be with them in those moments. Our kids radiate such light and energy into the world around them, and I cannot wait to continue to see them grow and flourish throughout the rest of my year here.

    Published on February 1st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »