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SOWN in The Philadelphia Inquirer

SOWN, Penn's Village, and Ralston Center are helping Philadelphia's aging population combat loneliness. Read here

SOWN in The Pew Charitable Trusts Publication

Hear how SOWN adopted a tool to collect meaningful data and build a culture of learning through the Pew Fund's Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative. Read here


SOWN in Philadelphia Health Partnership Publication

"The Supportive Older Women’s Network (SOWN) created the GrandFamily Resource Center (GFRC) to serve grandparents raising grandchildren. Read this interview with SOWN staff to learn more about the evolution of the GFRC to include the integration of peer support groups and behavioral health services in primary care settings." Read here


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the News

"Research shows that compared with children in foster care with non-relatives, children raised by grandparents or other relatives are healthier, mentally and physically. They’re more likely to be kept together with their siblings and to report that they always feel loved." Read here


New Family Literacy Initiative Serves Children Raised by Grandparents

The GrandFamily Resource Center is excited to announce a new family literacy initiative that is funded through a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation. Read here


SOWN in PCA Milestones

The social benefits of SOWN's Healthy Lives Community Groups is highlighted in "Togetherness is key at Southwest Senior Center: 'Everyone's welcome'". Read here


SOWN on Air

Coordinator Arlene Segal spoke about SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center on 900 AM WURD Radio. Listen here


SOWN Awarded Digital Literacy Alliance Grant

SOWN was awarded a grant from the city's Digital Literacy Alliance to provide digital literacy workshops for grandparents raising grandchildren. Read here



"There's one that's interesting called Supportive Older Women's Network, and the idea with that organization is that they support grandparents who are raising grandchildren." Andrew Buss, deputy chief information officer for innovation management within Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, says of SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center. Read here


GrandFamily Resource Center in Philadelphia Inquirer

Amidst the ongoing opioid crisis, more grandparents are raising their grandchildren--and SOWN is there to support these grandfamilies. Read here


SOWN Awarded Sun Life Financial Grant

SOWN received a grant from Sun Life Financial's Team Up Against Diabetes. Learn the positive impact of SOWN’s Philly Families Eat Smart program. Read here


New Board Leadership and Members at SOWN

"Philadelphia, PA – At the June 19, 2017 annual meeting, the Board of Directors of the Supportive Older Women’s Network (SOWN) elected a new slate of officers while welcoming four new members..." Read here


SOWN in PCA Milestones

SOWN's new program for Parkinson's caregivers is featured. "'The SOWN program helps relieve that isolation [faced by caregivers] and the telephone format is convenient... Members don’t have to go anywhere or be pressured to get ready or worry. They can be at work or in their pajamas at home and still be part of the group. They can also be anonymous; and they don’t have to talk about their loved one in front of him or her.'” Read here


SOWN in 2016 Green Tree Article

How does an organization that works with older adults find itself also working with children? Read about SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center in the Green Tree Community Health Foundation's Winter/Spring 2016 publication - "Across Generations with SOWN". Read here


SOWN Named 2016 Finalist for Impact100 Philadelphia

SOWN is honored to be chosen as a finalist for Impact100 Philadelphia in the health and wellness category. See the announcement of finalists. Read here


SOWN on 6ABC Actions News

SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center was featured on 6ABC Action News on August 14, 2014. "If it wasn't for SOWN, I'd probably be crazy by now," says one grandmother in the video. "A lot of doors opened for me that I didn't even know were out there." View here


SOWN in 2014 Penn Medicine Article

Board member and HUP employee Eileen Addis, MSS, LSW, secured a grant from Penn Medicine CAREs to provide iPads as fitness tools for grandparent-headed families involved in SOWN's Philly Families Eat Smart program. Read here


SOWN in 2013 Trust Magazine

SOWN salutes the 16,000 Philadelphians who have stepped forward to raise their grandchildren. Read what makes it work in the Pew Charitable Trust’s Trust Magazine. Read here


SOWN in 2013 Milestones Article

SOWN's GrandFamily Resource Center is featured in the April 2013 issue of Milestones, a publication by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. Read here


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