The Seamen’s Society 2015 Annual Report
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Reflecting on the incredible history of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families in our 170th year of service to children and families in our communities, we are the legacy of charity and kindness resulting from a meeting of concerned “benevolent ladies” on April 2, 1846.
The “Society for the Relief of Destitute Children of Seamen” was responding to the challenge “to afford relief and protection to the destitute children of seamen . . . by providing asylum for them, with proper arrangements for their health, comfort and education.” We live these historic words in upholding our present mission, that through our services we will continue to find solutions and partner with our communities to strengthen their role in the preservation of families. In addition, we continue to advocate for access to opportunities for the adults in our families to realize their full potential.
Seamen’s Society in the 21st century continues to address the needs of our children and families through our drive towards providing personal and family based services. Our Foster Care and Adoption programs continue to fulfill our role in history. In the late 19th century, Seamen’s was one of the early adopters of the practice towards integration of the child into the total community sphere; which is the current practice in child welfare. Safety, permanency and well-being are rubrics of our practice and we work hard toward achieving them with our families every day. We continue to work towards family preservation and support in the community with our Prevention and Family Treatment Rehabilitation Services which is becoming the best practice for providing services where we use family based interventions and strategies. Our Early Learn/Family Day Care Program has achieved a solid launch of educational readiness for our infants and toddlers. The program provides safe quality child care allowing parents and caretakers opportunities to achieve their personal and family goals. Our Safe Passage and Child Witness Programs are addressing some very tough situations that parents and children face with regards to domestic violence. Security and safety for the survivors is our goal to support and address trauma from the violence. We are on the cutting edge of our practice for our children.
We at Seamen’s take education very seriously! We know that access to quality education will allow our children and young adults an even playing field in society. The Seamen’s Society Annual Scholarship Program is in its 19th year. This program has seen 50 graduates. We look to enhance our educational support with mentorship and other forms of support for our students. We humbly thank all our individual donors and partners who have supported our mission through generous donations of time and financial support. We thank our foundation benefactors who have shared their knowledge, skills, advocacy and financial largesse to help us achieve and work towards our mission to tackle the needs and challenges of our children and families within our communities and society.
Thank you again for being part of our rich history and legacy as we continue to answer the call as part of our humble family here at Seamen’s Society