August 2018 Tenant News: Park(ing) Day, Quaker College Fair and much more

Issue 39, August 2018
Friends Center Tenant “News-Later”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE—of Appreciation


In the relative quiet of late August, it became clear to me that I need to express my deep appreciation to the staff and regular contractors at Friends Center who maintain and manage our three buildings and the grounds, and who manage the common meeting rooms. Our goal is for the physical plant to be a resource for as many community groups as possible, and to do so in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. I hope you will join me in saying THANK YOU to our staff and contractors when you see them around.
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director

AROUND FRIENDS CENTER


PHONE SYSTEM REMINDER
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.

We are almost done with the work to switch out digital and analog phones for “IP” phones. Thank you for your patience.

A Thank You to Our Tenants
We recognize our safety drills can sometimes happen at a not-so-ideal time for some but we appreciate your patience and participation. Though we hope to never suffer a tragedy such as the ones we prepare for, we are thankful for the knowledge we gain from the drills.

Join in the fun!

Friends Center will be participating in Philadelphia’s annual Park(ing) day

PARK(ing) Day was founded in 2005 by Rebar Group, a San-Francisco-based architecture and design firm, and was first presented in Philadelphia in 2008 by Zimmerman Studio. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, daylong global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public mini-parks, or “parklets”. In Philadelphia, approximately 60 volunteer teams design, build, and install these temporary 170 square-foot parklets throughout the city as a gift to their fellow citizens. All parklets are self-funded.
PARK(ing) Day challenges us all to reconsider whether we are making the best use of our limited urban spaces.
Soon we will be sending out an official invitation and waiver form. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at the front desk, x7100 or jwilliams@friendscentercorp.org.

Equity Partner News


The 2018 Annual Gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent

When: August 24-26, 2018
Where: Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting & Ujima Friends Peace Center
Cost: $50
Contact: Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
Event website

God’s Song In a Strange Land – Psalms 137:4
Celebrating the role of music in our spiritual journeys and our struggle for liberation

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Friday Night/ Sunday Morning)
1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
and Ujima Friends Peace Center (Saturday / Sunday PM), 1701 Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19132

Join Us
• Bring musical instruments, voices, albums, CDs, and your testimonies of the role of music in your life
• Examine the role of music in liberatory movements in Africa and the diaspora
• Participate in a Spirit led musical jam session
• Celebrate one year of ministry at the Ujima Friends Peace Center
• Panel discussion on Music and The Black Quaker Experience
• Meals to include: Friday Night cook-out, Saturday lunch and dinner)
Register at www.fofad.org

TENANT NEWS


Oh, how we love to brag about our tenants. Check out this twitter blurb to see just how much.

https://twitter.com/FriendsCtr/status/1030471303298461696

Quaker College Fair 2018
Organized by Friends Association for Higher Education and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
When: September 29, 2018 @ 11:45 am – 3:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Where: Friends Center
1515 Cherry St Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA
Cost: Free
Contact: PYM Directly; https://www.pym.org/event/quaker-college-fair-2018/

GreenLight Fund is bringing a new model of financial empowerment to Philadelphia
The venture philanthropy firm announced a $600,000 investment in Boston-based financial services nonprofit Compass Working Capital, in partnership with Clarifi and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
Read more

COMMUNITY ITEMS OUTSIDE FRIENDS CENTER


Why Not Prosper
Community Healthcare Day
Join them as they celebrate the residents of Germantown, Mt. Airy and Montgomery County. All are welcome!
Date: Friday August 31, 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: 717-719 Chelten Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144
To reserve a table contact Rev. Michelle Simmons @ (610)716-1113 or Christina Morton @ (215)317-7320

10 essential books on social justice, as recommended by 5 Philly nonprofit leaders
Generocity asked: If you had the power to get every Philadelphian to read one great book to change their worldview, what would it be and why? Read more »

Visit the Farm
Open daily June 15 – September 27, 2018
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
• Explore the crops and talk to the farmers.
• Take part in FREE programs & workshops.
• Learn how to garden and be an advocate.
• Support community gardeners and become a Friend of the Gardens.

 

July 2018 Tenant News: “Schools Not Prisons” poetry event; op eds on ICE; World Refugee Day

Issue 38, July 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE—of Appreciation

Thank you to everyone at Friends Center for your cooperative spirit and your understanding of the bigger picture for our community. Thank you for tolerating the tunnel project, the electricity demand reduction program, and the removal of the mural. We aim to steward the facility for future generations, while being mindful of the impact on the present generation. On behalf of the staff and board of Friends Center, we appreciate you all very much!
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director


AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

PHONE SYSTEM REMINDER
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.

We are starting the work to switch out digital and analog phones for “IP” phones. We hope to minimize disruption to your


EQUITY PARTNER NEWS

CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MONTHLY MEETING OF FRIENDS hosts:
SCHOOLS NOT PRISONS
An Evening of Poetry
Thursday, July 12
7-10 pm
Friends Center
Hosted by Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Raquel Salas Rivera

and featuring
Becky Birtha
with Oskar Castro
CPMM is co-hosting, can you help? Volunteers needed.

Thank you to Beth Feldman Brandt, executive director of the Bartol Foundation. She serves as the chair of the city’s Poet Laureate Committee and made the connection to Quakers!

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE in the news
AFSC’s Amy Gottlieb wrote for the Guardian newspaper:
It is time to abolish Ice. It cannot be reformed
• Read the article

AFSC’s Carly Goodman wrote in the Washington Post:
Angry that ICE is ripping families apart? Don’t just blame Trump. Blame Clinton, Bush and Obama, too.
The militarization of immigration enforcement.
• Read the article

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING committee event:
The Indian Committee of PYM (Quakers) and The Coalition for Peace Action presents:
“Tatanka vs. The Black Snake”
Held at Historic Arch Street Meeting House
330 Arch St Philadelphia, Pa
Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation $10
See the postcards in the lobby.


TENANT NEWS

CAIR Philadelphia opposes Supreme Court ruling upholding “Muslim ban”
In a press conference at Friends Center, CAIR expressed their opposition to the recent Supreme Court ruling. Coverage included:
• CBS Local
• Metro Philly
• Fox 29
• 6ABC
• KYW-AM

Philly’s new Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness Wishes Everyone a Happy World Refugee Day!
A granting group made up of service providers picked the Scattergood Foundation-facilitated fund’s first-ever grantees.
Generocity, 6/20/18

Philadelphia Reentry Coalition’s first awards ceremony celebrated these thriving returning citizens
Hosted by our tenant, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
“The Philadelphians we honored are living proof of what can happen when people have real opportunities, resources and support as they move forward with their lives after incarceration,” writes Coalition Director Aviva Tevah.
Generocity, 6/22/2018


COMMUNITY ITEMS OUTSIDE FRIENDS CENTER

Check out the Farm in the City
located in Thomas Paine Plaza
https://phsonline.org/programs/farm-for-the-city/
Open daily June 15 – September 29, 2018 at 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
• Explore the crops and talk to the farmers.
• Take part in FREE programs & workshops.
• Learn how to garden and be an advocate.
• Support community gardeners and become a Friend of the Gardens.

T-VOCE at the Annenberg
Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE), under the direction of Emily Sung, performed on May 17 for a full house as part of the Annenberg Center’s annual Children’s Festival. The concert also featured dancers from Esperanza Charter Academy. For the first time, this collaborative venture was offered as a full-year program during 2017-18. Students from across the City of Philadelphia met each Saturday (usually at Friends Center) to explore choral music and spoken word with the aim of discovering and developing their voices, both figuratively and literally. T-VOCE is a collaboration between Art Sanctuary, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly! and one of our tenants, Singing City.

June 2018 Tenant News: Summer previews: Courtyard construction, Poor People’s Campaign, and More

Issue 37, June 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE
June at Friends Center is often a time and a place where people celebrate transitions. Every year, we host middle school and upper school graduations for Friends Select School. This year we will also host Delaware Valley Friends School and Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School. In addition, two weddings are taking place here this June.

This summer, you’ll also see summer campers from PAFA here a couple of days a week in the courtyard, so they have access to a larger outdoor space than Lenfest Plaza.

Finally, you’ll also see a construction project in the courtyard, starting June 18. The tunnel between the Meetinghouse and 1520 Race Street is in dire need of repair. The work will be contained to the play yard and the southwest corner of the courtyard. The contractor will remove brick pavers, demolish part of the tunnel roof, and repour part of the slab. The concrete will require time to cure and dry out before a waterproofing membrane is applied, in early fall. During the curing period, we should be able to temporarily cover the work area to allow access.

Thank you in advance for your patience with the noise and inconvenience the project will cause from time to time.

— Chris Mohr, Executive Director


AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

Thanks for Participating in Our Spring Cleaning
With your help, we collected three large bins of e-waste for recycling, along with several containers of paper for shredding and recycling.

Economic Democracy Advocates Annual Conference
A convention for a new social contract
June 14-17, 2018 | Friends Center

PHONE SYSTEM UPDATE
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.

We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.


EQUITY PARTNER NEWS

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE
AFSC is a national endorser of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The Campaign’s culminating event will be a mass rally with supporters from around the country at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23rd, in Washington, DC. We are talking with Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign representatives to see if there is enough interest from AFSC, staff of organizations in Friends Center and other individuals from the area in attending this event.

If AFSC is able to provide free transportation to get folks there, and you are interested in attending, please email Laura Boyce and cc Saurav Upadhyay, who is helping with logistics, indicating your interest.


TENANT NEWS
Art-Reach: On a mission to make Philadelphia the most accessible US city for the arts
Christian Science Monitor, 5/27/2018:

Community Ventures: Participates in demonstration project
Living Building Challenge

PLSE to organize two events for Reentry Awareness Month in June
https://www.philadelphiareentrycoalition.org/reentrymonth

Mike Lee, founder of PLSE: On clearing records, District Attorney’s push for reform extends beyond the Philly office
Billy Penn, 5/24/18


COMMUNITY ITEMS OUTSIDE FRIENDS CENTER

Reading Coaches
The Managing Director’s Office at the City of Philadelphia is launching 20 Philly Reading Coaches sites, as part of the City’s early childhood literacy initiative. It is a collaborative effort with DHS, Parks and Recreation, The Free Library, and other community stakeholders. They are matching community volunteers one-on-one with K-3 students to read, after school, in a student driven setting. They accept volunteers 13+ and have sites at schools, rec centers, libraries, and PAL Centers all over the city. More info.

2018 Philadelphia’s Disability Pride Day Parade: Celebrate Our Differences
June 16, 2018
More: www.disabilitypridephiladelphia.com

Friends Center, May 2018: Spring recycling, plus partner and tenant news

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE

There is a lot going on at Friends Center this spring, as you can see below.

We are working on a spring cleaning day for shredding & e-waste later in May, probably May 22. Please let Erick know how many boxes of shredding you might have or how much e-waste you want to recycle, so we can let the vendors know.

As always, thank you for all you to do to contribute to our unique community of organizations striving for a better world!

— Chris Mohr, Executive Director


AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

PHONE SYSTEM UPDATE

The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.

We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.

Also, Friends Center’s main phone number, (215) 241-7000, will soon be changed to (215) 241-7100. We will let everyone know once we have a firm date set for the change.

REMINDER: Tunnel Repair Project

There is a tunnel between the Meetinghouse and 1520 Race Street that will be repaired. Work will start in the second half of June. We will keep you posted with more details when we know them.

Thank you for picking up packages. Please continue!

You’ve all been doing GREAT in securing your packages from the lobby soon after they arrive. Thank you! Keep up the good work.


PARTNER NEWS

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING:
2 POP-UP Friends in Fellowship Breakfasts

  • Diversity and Inclusion in Government:
    May 16, 8:15 AM at Friends Center
    With Don Bell, Director of Black Talent Initiative, at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington DC

Don Bell, former president of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, serves as Director of the Black Talent Initiative in Washington DC.

  • KENYA’s response to Climate change:
    May 17, at 8:15 AM at Friends Center, Room 21
  • With Edward Mungai, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Climate Change Innovation Center, Nairobi

Edward Mungai is the principal NGO leader behind Kenya’s initiative to develop, market, and disseminate clean technologies that address climate change. As CEO of The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), he runs an innovation hub that provides incubation, capacity building, and financing services to entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions in energy, water, and agribusiness. Edward is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow.


TENANT NEWS

Blind students get a chance to share the stage with PA Ballet dancers, Billy Penn:
Art-Reach brought together pros with the Overbook School for the Blind for an uplifting tap recital
https://billypenn.com/2018/04/18/blind-students-get-a-chance-to-dance-on-stage-with-pa-ballet/

CAIR: THE LEGACIES OF MALCOLM X

GIRLS INC.: Breakfast Success
Thank you to the 400 people that attended Girls Inc.’s sold-out Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast and congratulations to our inspiring honorees! We exceeded our goal and raised over $120,000. Read more.

Friends Child Care Center 40th Anniversary
Did you know Friends Child Care Center started as a parent co-op here at Friends Center? Celebrate with them as they are still going strong 4 decades later! Their 40th Anniversary Auction is Friday, May 18 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Historic Landmark Building (118 North Broad Street).  Hors d’oeuvres, entrées and open bar will be available during a festive social night of celebrating teachers and raising funds to support ongoing cultural arts programming at FCCC and its mission. Find full info here.

Send us your news, or tag us in a tweet (@Friends_Ctr), if you’d like to be mentioned!


OUTSIDE EVENTS

While not happening here at Friends Center, these events may be of interest to our community:

Love Your Park Week
Join us for Love Your Park Week, May 12-20, 2018!
Over 100 parks across Philadelphia will host volunteer cleanups and special events to clean, green, and celebrate Philly’s parks. Sign up to volunteer!

Anna Crusis Women’s Choir presents:
Sing Truth to Power
June 2nd & 3rd, 2018
Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts
William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Ln, Phila
For tickets visit www.annacrusis.org

The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology:
Trauma : The Brain, the Body, and Compassionate Witness
May 25th-28th, 2018
Pendle Hill Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Learn more at: http://fcrp.quaker.org

April 2018 Tenant News: Warmer weather, Friends Child Care Center turns 40, and more

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE

With the arrival of spring on the calendar, we look forward (eventually) to warmer weather. When it is nice outside, feel free to crack the windows open and let fresh air in! Also, the bistro table and chairs are back on the front porch, wistfully waiting for people to use them. The courtyard is available for your enjoyment, too. A Cooper’s hawk was often to be seen out there recently, but it probably continued its northward migration since then.

Speaking of the courtyard, there will be some disruption there this summer. The tunnel between the Meetinghouse and 1520 Race Street needs to be repaired. Work will start in the second half of June. We will keep you posted with more details when we know them.

— Chris Mohr, Executive Director


AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

PHONE SYSTEM UPDATE
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.

We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.

Also, Friends Center’s main phone number, (215) 241-7000, will soon be changed to (215) 241-7100. We will let everyone know once we have a firm date set for the change.

CLOSED FOR ELECTRICAL WORK: Sat., Sept. 1
On Saturday, September 1, during Labor Day weekend, Friends Center needs to shut off the power to maintain our electrical switchgear. The Center will therefore be closed that day as well as on Monday, 9/3, Memorial Day.

PARTNER NEWS

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Book Event!

Friday April 27th, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
@ Historic Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St

$10 suggested donation

Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust invites you to enjoy an evening with historian Gary Nash, who will be talking about his new book, Warner Mifflin: Unflinching Quaker Abolitionist. Click for more info.


TENANT NEWS

Friends Child Care Center, 40th Anniversary Cocktail Reception & Auction

Friday, May 18th 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Historic Landmark Building
118 N. Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19102
http://friendschildcare.org/

Singing City Presents: Serene Mystics
Sunday, May 6th at 3 pm
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St, Philadelphia PA 19104
Tickets: $25; $35 for preferred seating; $10 for students. A reception follows the concert.
Click for more info.

Send us your news, or tag us in a tweet (@Friends_Ctr), if you’d like to be mentioned!


OUTSIDE EVENT

While not happening here at Friends Center, this event may be of interest to our community:

Old Pine at 250: Faith and Politics
Sunday, April 22nd 2018
Old Pine Presbyterian Church
412 Pine St, Philadelphia PA 19106

With Rev. Wilson Goode Sr., former Mayor of Philadelphia, and Ron Sider, professor at Palmer Theological Seminary & founder, Evangelicals for Social Action. A panel discussion on the relations between faith and political processes and the impact these have on social justice issues such as poverty, housing, and employment. Click for more info.


 

February 2018 Tenant News: Net Tuesday, Loving Friends Fiesta, Ujima Peace Center & more

AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

 NET TUESDAY: How Nonprofits Can Manage an Effective Email List
March 6, Rufus Jones Room
Join a community of nonprofit leaders as we learn about managing effective email list from data guru Dan Bradley of Bradley Analytics. This is a bring-your-laptop-to-class style workshop where participants will have the ability to ask targeted questions and get help on their specific issue. Doors open at 6:00 and program begins at 6:30.  Food and drink will be provided.

PHONE SYSTEM UPDATE
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t always need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes; now you need to dial “9-1-” first for all.

We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.

PARTNER NEWS

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends

Loving Friends Fiesta
Sat., March 17, 3:30 – 8:00 pm
You’re invited to this fun event to raise money for CPMM’s Friendly Fund, which supports Philadelphia-area groups that build community: solar, homeless ministries, immigration sanctuary, and returning citizens.

  • All-Ages Play Party, 3:30 to 5:30 PM
  • Dance Celebration, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
  • Silent Auction
  • Hearty Finger Food(Potluck)
  • $5 and UnderTable
  • Learn more

NAACP’s Jacqueline Patterson to Speak at Ujima Friends Peace Center
1701 Lehigh Avenue
Fri., March 2, 9:30-11:30am
Serenity Solar will host Jacqueline Patterson, the NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program Director. Ujima Friends Peace House is a project of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent (FOFAD). Several members of CPMM are actively involved in FOFAD and Ujima Friends Peace Center.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends hosts Friends in Fellowship, a series of talks at the Historic Arch Street Meeting House, our sibling site at 4th & Arch Streets in Philadelphia. These fun talks are designed to bring Friends and “friends of Friends” together for fellowship, refreshments, and networking. Events are free and open to the public.

Wissahickon Habitat Repair: Plants & Birds & Rocks & Things
March 1, 7 pm
Research and best practices with restoration ecologist William J. Ryan Ph.D. from the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences.

Trans Cartooning & Op-Ed Cartooning
March 8, 7 pm
Ramona Sharples (“Trans Girl Trans Comic”) and Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson will speak on the topic “The Art of Persuasion.”

Separately, PYM also has three job openings. See the full job postings online.

Tenant News

SINGING CITY: Debussy & His Legacy
Saturday, March 17, 7 pm
The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Featuring works by Debussy, Messiaen, Gershwin, Miles Davis, and the world premiere of Supplice by Benjamin C.S. Boyle. Special guest Laura Ward, pianist, and Gamelan Kusuma Laras, a classical Javanese gamelan orchestra. A Q&A with composer Benjamin C.S. Boyle follows the concert.

BARTOL FOUNDATION
Feedback that Nurtures: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process
March 25, noon – 3 pm
How do you give feedback that sparks more creativity?  Register here for this upcoming Bartol workshop.

AFTER SCHOOL ALL STARS
Kelly Woodland from After School All Stars is a founder of the new Philadelphia Black Giving Circle:

Send us your news, or tag us in a tweet (@Friends_Ctr), if you’d like to be mentioned!

OUTSIDE EVENT

While not happening here at Friends Center, this event may be of interest to our community:

Faith in the Public Square & the Challenge of Immigration
Sunday, March 4, Old Pine Presbyterian Church

 

January News: Tenant Handbook Online; Staffing and Tenant Changes

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE

Tenant Handbook Now Available Online
Friends Center now has an online Tenant Handbook!

The page links to our guidelines and policies, including community standards, catering guidelines, holiday schedules, key fob policies, and more. It also has links to request forms for room reservations, and for phone/Internet changes.

We did a “soft launch” of the page a few months ago. Now, we’d like to make it more visible—and to get your feedback. Please look at the page and let me know if you have questions or want to suggest additional information to post.

– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

STAFFING UPDATES

We are happy to announce Teneshia Washington is our new substitute evening/weekend desk clerk. You may know from her other roles with Prisoner Visitation & Support and Physicians for Social Responsibility – Philadelphia Chapter. Please introduce yourself if you don’t already know her!

Receptionist Jennifer Williams welcomed her new child, Josiah, in late December. Mother and baby are doing well. Please join me in wishing Jennifer, husband Stefan, and their family all the best.

AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

In case you missed it last month, New Century Trust joined us as a tenant in the 1520 Race Street building in January. They work to end political and economic inequalities facing women and girls in Greater Philadelphia. They were founded in 1882; one of their co-founders was a Quaker.

Meanwhile, Greenpeace’s Pennyslvania office moved out at the end of 2017. Their local field organizer is not far away, though; she now works with the local chapter of the ACLU!

PHONE SYSTEM UPDATE

As mentioned in an email to all tenants, the phone system is being transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. We will be working with the service provider, Watson Communications, to make the transition as seamless as possible. Costs and services will remain the same for the moment. We will have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones, but that is a fairly quick process.

PARTNER NEWS

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends hosts Friends in Fellowship, a series of evening talks at the Historic Arch Street Meeting House, our sibling site at 4th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.

These fun talks are designed to bring Friends & “friends of Friends” together for fellowship, refreshments, and networking. Events are free & open to the public.

Event 1/25, 7 pm:  “Teaching to the Heart, Teaching to the Mind”

  • Sydney Coffin, English teacher at Edison-Fareira HS in North Philadelphia and a Yale National Initiative Fellow: methods for fostering students’ creative expression through poetry and art.
  • Chris Bond, social studies teacher at West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS: impact of research in neuroscience on the importance of learning standards that involve social and emotional aspects of students.

American Friends Service Committee brownbag presentation:
“Tools for a new movement: Economic Activism”
Friday, Jan. 26, 12:30-1:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Room

Join AFSC’s Dalit Baum for a presentation entitled “Tools for a new movement: Economic Activism.” See the emails and the flyer in the lobby.

TENANT NEWS

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) founder Mike Lee leaves to join DA’s office; Zane Johnson named managing attorney
» Philadelphia Magazine
» PLSE Press Release
 
Art-Reach organizes MLK Day art project for students from Overbrook School for the Blind
» Read more

December 2017 News: Year-end celebration, holiday schedule, tenant news

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

Next Monday: YEAR-END CELEBRATION FOR YOU,
OUR BUILDING RESIDENTS!

You’re invited to join us on Monday, 12/18, 1-2 pm in the front lobby for some light refreshments and networking. We want to thank you for being part of the Friends Center community and wish you the best for the holidays and a happy new year.

Thanks for joining us on the Green Building Tour

Erick and I enjoyed the opportunity to show off our LEED Platinum certified green building to several tenants recently. We even saw some mushrooms on the green roof! We’ll schedule another tour some time in 2018. Stay tuned.

STAFFING CHANGES

Jennifer Williams, our extraordinary receptionist, is expecting a baby soon, of course. Her last day before leave will be this Friday, 12/15. Please join me in wishing Jennifer, husband Stefan, and their children all the best for their growing family!

We have hired Judy Pluciennik to help as an interim desk clerk. You may know from her previous roles with American Friends Service Committee and, before that, with Friends Center. Please welcome her back if you already know her, or introduce yourself if you don’t.

Finally, I’m both sad (for us) and happy (for her) to announce that Nadia Beliveau will be leaving us after this month. She will be moving to a new home and job in upstate New York. We thank her for her service and wish her all the best!

SEEKING EVENING/WEEKEND DESK CLERK

Given the changes noted, we are seeking another evening/weekend desk clerk.

  • Click for job description.
  • If you know someone who might be interested, please have them email me. No phone calls, please.

UPCOMING HOLIDAY CLOSURES

  • Christmas: Friday 12/22, Saturday 12/23, closed EARLY after Quaker meeting, 12/24; Monday 12/25
  • New Year’s Day: Monday 1/1
  • MLK Day: Monday, 1/15

There is also a change for 2018:

  • We will be OPEN on Saturday, June 16.
  • On Saturday, May 26, Memorial Day weekend, we will be OPEN but the air conditioning in 1501/1515 Cherry Street will be OFF for maintenance. We hope it won’t be too hot.
  • Click for the full 2018 Holiday Schedule as revised.

AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

Welcome, New Century Trust!
In early January, New Century Trust will join us as a tenant in the 1520 Race Street building. New Century Trust works to end the political and economic inequalities facing women and girls in Greater Philadelphia. They conduct research, convene partners, provide grants, and advocate for systemic change. They were founded in 1882, and one of their co-founders was a Quaker.

Thank you for picking up packages promptly.
Please continue!
You’ve all been doing GREAT in securing your packages from the lobby soon after they arrive. Thank you! Please keep it up as the volume of packages grows before the holidays.

TENANT NEWS

CAIR says “U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban Ignores Impact on Citizens and Their Families Abroad”: Press release.

Singing City: Holiday concert, Dec. 17

Girls Inc.: K’Nex donates to Girls Inc.’s STEM Gems, company CEO visits

November 2017 Tenant News:
Green Building Tours, Holiday Closures, Fall Colors

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE

GREEN BUILDING TOURS

As mentioned last month, we will conduct at least two green building tours for you, our tenants. You’re also welcome to bring a friend or family member.

To come along, just meet Erick and me in the front lobby at these times:

  • Monday, Nov. 27, 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, Noon

Tours take about half an hour. If there’s enough demand for a third date, we’ll try to find another one in the near future.

– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

AROUND FRIENDS CENTER

 2017 Holiday Closures

Please note these year-end holiday closures:

  • Wed. 11/22: Close early at 6 pm
  • Thurs 11/23 & Fri. 11/24: Closed
  • Fri 12/23 & Sat. 12/24: Closed
  • Sun. 12/25: Closed after Meeting for Worship
  • Mon. 12/26: Closed

2018 Holiday Closures

Please download and save the full list of 2018 holiday closures from our website.

EVENTS

Friends Child Care Center Bake Sale
Bring your appetite and your dollar bills for affordable snacks and drinks! In the lobby, Nov. 13-17.

“Diplomacy, Not War, with Iran and North Korea”
Nov. 15, 7-9 pm, Rufus Jones Room
Presented by Coalition for Peace Action and the United Nations Assoc. of Greater Philadelphia
Panelists Joseph Gerson, Medea Benjamin, Mary Day Kent, and Rev. Bob Moore address these two urgent international situations. More info.

TENANT NEWS

WHYY Interviews PHAN Director about ACA Open Enrollment, 10/30/17
“ACA open enrollment…well… opened Wednesday 11/1.  We get details from Pennsylvania Health Action Network Executive Director Antointette Kraus.”  (The segment with Antoinette starts around 3:45 or so in this episode of NewsWorks.)

“It’s time for a leader like her”
AFSC’s new General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on 11/5/17:
Read more.

Billy Penn makes Friends Center post their “Instagram of the Day”!
Shoutout for the fall foliage in the courtyard.

Billy Penn news website chooses Friends Center post as Instagram of the DayIf you follow Friends Center on social media and want us to follow you back, just send us a direct message via your account, or mention it to Jennifer Williams at the front desk. She will make sure it happens!

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