Jeff and Sandy Brown of Brown’s Super Stores are one of two families receiving the Turning Points for Children Kids at Heart Award in recognition of their impact in underserved and underprivileged communities in the Philadelphia region.
CIGNA executive Peggy Banaszek spent 12 weeks at Turning Points for Children and created a calming room at Tilden Middle School to complement the FAWN food pantry on site. WHYY has a story about the project.
Meredith Z. Avakian can directly relate to many of the children who come through the foster care program at Turning Points for Children. When she was kicked out of her home at age 14, she found herself living on her aunt’s front porch, hopeful for a new start after a childhood of emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. She saw that moment as a pivotal opportunity to get out of an abusive home and change her life forever – and she has done just that.
“I was fortunate enough to have a family member who took me in during this difficult time, but I recognize that so many children, especially in a city like Philadelphia -- with the deepest poverty levels in the country -- do not,” said Meredith. “These children become a part of the system. But through Turning Points for Children, so many kids with stories like mine are given the second chance they deserve.”