BETHLEHEM BROADWAY CAMPUS OFFERS SPECTRUM OF PROGRAMS FOR LEHIGH VALLEY FAMILIES
KidsPeace has expanded and broadened its
services with the opening of a new outpatient facility at its campus located at
1650 Broadway in South Bethlehem.
The new KidsPeace Family Center
at Broadway will offer a spectrum of services for children and families,
including a new 24-hour toll-free phone number that will serve as a referral
source for parents who need help.
The Family Center will
offer: Diagnostic Services,
Autism Services, (Including the Sarah’s Smile Summer Camp and After School
Therapeutic Programs), Outpatient Therapy, Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation
Services (BHRS), Drug and Alcohol Treatment, In-Home Treatment, Allied
Professional Services and Referrals.
“We are very proud today to announce an exciting new
chapter in our organization’s 128-year-old history,” said William Isemann,
KidsPeace President & CEO. “This initiative expands our services to provide
much-needed programs in the Lehigh Valley and broadens our mission to provide
hope, help and healing to children, families and communities.”
As part of this new center, KidsPeace is also
launching a new toll-free phone number in the Lehigh Valley that will serve as
a referral source for parents who may be struggling with their children and
need assistance. 888-KP-Helps is staffed by KidsPeace Admissions Associates who
will assess the caller’s needs and help them navigate the system to find the
best resources. At times, those
callers will be referred to KidsPeace diagnostic or treatment services. Other calls may be referred to another
Lehigh Valley agency better suited to meet a specific need. Help may also be
accessed through a new online form at www.kidspeace.org.
The 50 children who previously
resided on the Broadway Campus have been moved to the newly renovated Pioneer
Center on the Orchard Hills Campus, Orefield, and have begun the school year
along with all other KidsPeace residential students.
The newly constructed 9,500
square-foot center on the southwestern end of the campus will serve as the
operation hub where assessments can be conducted, appointments provided and
where families can access help navigating the system to locate the best
resources to meet their needs.
Built on the original site of
the former Wiley House, the center was completed this summer and reflects the
original design of the home that began as a children’s orphanage in 1882. Space in the other buildings on the
campus will also be utilized for classes, services and a variety of programs
and therapies. At a total cost of
$3 million, the project included extensive curbing, driveway access and street
renovations by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Approximately 117 full and
part-time KidsPeace Associates will staff the KidsPeace Center and Broadway
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is holding its fifth annual fundraising walk in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on Sunday, October 10th at the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown. KidsPeace Senior Psychologist Peter Langman, PhD, is the president of the Lehigh Valley Chapter and is very active in raising awareness of suicide through this event. "Someone dies from suicide every 16 minutes in the US," according to Langman, "and suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15 - 24 year old in this country."
The walk is held every year to increase awareness of suicide, raise funds for suicide prevention and support those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Hundreds of adults and children walk in honor of friends and family members who have been lost to suicide and receive donations from supporters who sponsor their walk.
KidsPeace has a growing team of associates, their family members and youth in residential programs who walk to keep awareness of suicide high. At the end of the walk, there will be music and a chance to mingle and offer support to each other. Walkers are urged to bring a picnic lunch and blanket. Light refreshments will be served.
If you would like to join the KidsPeace team or form a team of you own for this inspiring event, visit www.outofthedarkness.org to register or to make a donation through a registered team. Search for team names by clicking on the Participant/Team Search link. All donations and walkers will make a difference and help AFSP reach out to and educate our neighbors and community members.
OREFIELD, September 16, 2010 – Attendees will time travel to
1940’s Morocco when KidsPeace presents “An Evening in Club Casablanca” Saturday, Oct. 2 at the KidsPeace
Orchard Hills Campus, Orefield.
Cocktails are at 5:30; dinner is at 7 p.m.
This year’s gala will feature
décor, food and drinks all inspired by the classic Academy-award winning movie
starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The big band sounds of Steve Lippia and his 10-piece orchestra
will perform “Simply Sinatra” and the evening will include a casino, silent
auction and a raffle for a luxurious trip to Morocco.
honorees for 2010 are J. Jackson Eaton III, attorney with Gross McGinley, and
Robert and Susan Allen, long time supporters of KidsPeace. Simply Smooth of Allentown is catering and
staging the event.
For more than 128 years,
KidsPeace has been the nation’s leading charitable organization, dedicated to
children. KidsPeace provides a
full continuum of mental and behavioral health programs for children and their
“We are excited to present this
unique movie-inspired event and to also have the opportunity to honor and thank
Jackson and the Allens for their continued and dedicated support,” said Will
Isemann, KidsPeace President and CEO.
Guests are invited to wear
1940’s inspired dress or elegant black/white/grey attire. For tickets, sponsorship or more
information, contact Sheri Weber at 610-799-8071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is
dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children,
preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of
residential treatment programs; accredited educational services, and a variety
of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to
children, families and communities.
KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland,
Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia
and the District of Columbia
KIDSPEACE AUXILIARY TO PRESENT
24TH ANNUAL FASHION SHOW
September 15, 2010
Fashions from Coldwater Creek will be featured at the 24th Annual KidsPeace Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon Sept. 15th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Best Western, Rts. 512 and 22.
Since 1948, the KidsPeace Auxiliary has raised funds to support the work of providing hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. Originally founded as the Wiley House Ladies Auxiliary, the KidsPeace Auxiliary has assisted thousands of children for more than 60 years.
Tickets for the event are $25 and can be reserved by calling Sheri Weber at 610-799-8071. All proceeds for the 2010 show will benefit KidsPeace Autism programs.
KidsPeace Foster Care & Community Programs
To Hold Fundraiser in Kingston
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The KidsPeace Foster Care & Community Programs office serving the Hudson Valley region will present a fundraiser Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. a the Sky Top Restaurant, 237 Forest Hill Drive, Kingston, NY.
All proceeds will benefit the KidsPeace Resilience Fund providing support to foster children through sports, summer and art camps, musical instruments, enrichment activities, clothing and supplies.
Hors d’oeuvres, house beers and wines will be included. The evening will also feature a silent auction and music by Murali Coryell. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 for couples.
Event sponsors are Chronogram and Radio Woodstock, 100.1 WDST.
For tickets or information, 845-331-1815.
KidsPeace provided another
summer filled with fun and games for 150 children teens on the Autism Spectrum.
Sarah's Smile is a popular camp-like day program that offers autistic children
the opportunity to have fun and increase social skills in a safe and nurturing
environment. The groups go on field trips, play games, make wonderful art,
interact with caring staff and make many friends.
"This was a great
summer for the kids," said Program Manager of Community Autism Services
and Blended Case Management Paige Keeter. "We brought the older kids up to
the Orchard Hills Campus every week to give them a changed of scene and a lot
of room to run and play." Competitive games of Capture the Flag were great
fun and became eagerly anticipated weekly events between the Lions and the
Alligators. It was so popular, Paige added, that one boy who moved out west
during camp called her to ask who captured the flag the next week.
Sarah's Smile was able to
accommodate 126 children a day, which required careful planning by staff to
ensure that vacations were factored in to provide some camp to as many kids as
possible. The children, who attended four days a week, filled 14 classrooms at
the KidsPeace CDCRT located on Broadway in Bethlehem. Paige was delighted that
80% of the staff were returning from the previous year, which speaks well of
the program. Many have been counselors for many years, moving up in title as
they complete college and receive certifications. "They form relationships
with the children and with each other," Paige continued, "which only
makes the experience more meaningful for everyone involved."
Each week, the classes go
on field trips that educate and are very enjoyable. In addition to trips to the
more rural Orchard Hills Campus, the kids went to several great places. They
visited Flint Hill farms where they learned about milking cows, making butter
and cheese and what dairy farms are all about. They also went bowling at the
Rose Bowl in Allentown and got to attend a day game of the Iron Pigs baseball
team. The week before the game, they took a tour of Coca Cola Stadium to see
where the game would be played, where they would sit and how the facility
operated inside and out. They participated in an onsite petting zoo and had a
carnival to mark the last day of camp. There were moon bounces, popcorn, cotton
candy, snow cones, a dunk tank and games they could play for prizes. It was a
great day for the kids and staff.
The kids and staff played
their last capture the flag game on the day before the carnival and had a
picnic at Orchard Hills. Paige invited KidsPeace associates who do not
typically interact with the kids to attend the picnic because their support
throughout the summer and the entire year make it possible to serve these
wonderful kids. She paired staff members up with kids as lunch buddies, and new
relationships were formed that allowed the kids to ask lots of questions and
meet yet more caring KidsPeace employees.
For More Information
As this summer closes,
Paige is planning for next summer's Sarah Smile program. "Each year we
hope to expand to accommodate more children," according to Paige.
"The kids love it and so do the parents, who are great supporters."
There are always many more applicants than there are spaces, so Paige keeps a
list of interested participants throughout the year and always sends prior
attendees invitations to apply for the following summer. The mailing is sent
out in late January, and the spots are all filled by March 1.
To receive more information
on Sarah's Smile Summer Program, contact Paige Keeter at 610-799-7357 or email