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A Concert for KidsPeace

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The Axis Young Adult Ministry will be holding a concert to benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs in Wayne County, PA, on Sunday, August 2, 2009. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. and be held in the auditorium of Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church Street, Honesdale, PA, 18431. Featured performers include Cabinet, Dealer in Wares and Last Remnants, local Bluegrass, Clasic Rock and Blues bands. Coffee will be donated by Bean's Roasting House and Cafe, and there will be a bake sale that will also benefit KidsPeace. Tickets are $6 per person, $5 if a canned good is donated. For more informatioln, email KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs is grateful to the Axis Young Adult Ministry for improving the lives of foster children in Wayne County.

Remember, National KidsDay is August 2

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National KidsDay is an opportunity to plan a special day with the children in your life.  August 2nd is the first Sunday in August and the day designated by Congress to recognize the importance of spending time with children -- your sons and daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends' children or any child you can make feel important and special. KidsPeace created this day to recognize and celebrate the importance of the children in our lives and their need for positive time with caring adults. Tell us how you celebrated this year by writing a comment and forwarding it to KidsPeace.

Letter from KidsPeace CEO regarding the Fire

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Dear Friends of KidsPeace

I am writing to inform you of a fire we had early Thursday morning at our Pioneer Center building in Orefield, Pennsylvania. Let me assure you that there were no injuries and all children and KidsPeace associates were evacuated quickly and calmly. The fire, which began at around 3:00 a.m., was contained in an administrative section of the building and never threatened the children who were on site. The local fire departments responded rapidly and had the fire under control within 2 hours. These dedicated volunteer fire fighters remained on the scene for several hours to ensure that the fire was completely out and the building secured.
We are extremely proud of the KidsPeace associates who acted according to protocols and removed the children from the premises in an orderly, rapid manner. The 25 children were immediately transported to the Therapeutic Education Center on our Orchard Hills Campus and beds were made ready for them so that they could get back to sleep after this incident. We are preparing two residential houses on the Orchard Hills campus for these young men, and they should be able to move in very soon. Counselors are available to talk to the children about the incident and to provide whatever support they require to deal with this event.
The extent of damage to the building has not yet been determined, and the fire marshal is investigating to find the cause, which is believed to be an electrical issue in the administrative section of the building.  Safety is the number one element of the KidsPeace Model of Care, and this incident demonstrates that we take the safety of our children and associates very seriously. All of the children at KidsPeace are safe, unharmed and participating in their daily summer counseling sessions and activities.
We want to extend a special thank you to all of the local businesses, referral sources, community members and religious organizations that have reached out to offer support and assistance to our organization.  We truly appreciate each and every overture and we are thankful to have such an extended network of support to help us as we help those in our care.

Yours Truly,

Will Isemann
President and CEO

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