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Senator Casey’s “Grandparents Act” Passes Senate, House Vote Incoming

United States Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania passed the “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act” last month, a bill he co-authored with Maine Senator Susan Collins. The Act creates a national task force to support grandparents who have adopted their grandchildren. The rise in grandparents becoming care providers of grandchildren has grown alongside the ongoing opioid crisis. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act seeks to give these grandparents the same level of rights and access to resources as parents. Senators Casey and Collins estimate more than a million grandchildren are being raised by their grandparents. The Act passed the Senate in late March, 2018. Now, the House is set to to vote on it, with Senators rallying support to get the bill to the President’s desk. 

Are you, or do you know someone, who is raising their grandchildren as a result of the opioid crisis? Parents caught in the throes of addiction are leaving children behind through incarceration, rehab, or death. Providing grandparents who have stepped in to take care of their children with access to the support they deserve is a critical component of this legislation. 

Casino Night Spring Fundraiser

Event date: May 5th
Location: American Helicopter Museum

Casino Night Invitation May 5, 2018

CASINO NIGHT

Saturday, May 5th 
6pm – 10pm

American Helicopter Musuem, West Chester

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Join us for a night of food, fun, and games as we raise money to support single working parents in Chester County. Interfaith Housing is celebrating its 25th year helping the community and we could not be more excited to see you there. This year, Casino Night will be held at the American Helicopter Museum! Try your luck at one of the many games while you enjoy the unique surroundings of the museum. Proceeds go to Interfaith Housing and our continued mission of preventing homelessness among single working parents. 

Single Mothers’ Conference

Event date: April 14th
Location: Henderson High School, West Chester, PA.

Single Mothers' ConferenceSATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018

Location
West Chester Henderson High School
400 Montgomery Ave
West Chester, PA 19380

The Chester County Single Mother’s Conference is a FREE day-long event built to empower, engage, and educate single mothers in our area. The conference will include more than 70 exhibitors, speakers, demonstrations, free lunch, free childcare, pampering, and resource vendors. Interfaith Housing is a proud member of the planning committee helping build this event. 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
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History of MLK Day as a Day of Service


Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the life and memory of the civil rights leader, first observed in 1986 after legislation was passed making it a national holiday in 1983. The national holiday gives kids a day off from school, banks close, and many businesses shut their doors in remembrance. In 1994, however, the holiday became much more than a day off when congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act. “The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service,” writes the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. “It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.” 

If you want to learn even more about the process of turning this national holiday into a day of service, read President Clinton’s reflections on signing the King Holiday and Service Act here.

Since 1994, the day of service initiative has grown and participation has increased as non-profits, corporations, and other organizations rally on the third Monday of January to give back to their community. We’d love to hear from people who are using this holiday as a day of service. How are you giving back this year and honor the memory of MLK? Share your story on our Facebook page!