Philadelphia, PA—April 10, 2012—Tracey Specter, of Gladwyne, is the Perelman Jewish Day School Vice President and Development Chair and a board member of the Philadelphia Jewish Day School Collaborative, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and Maccabiah USA. Specter also works as an organizer of the National Leadership Conference on Hunger and Poverty set to take place in Philadelphia in May 2012.
Specter was recently honored at the 25th anniversary of Drueding Center for her volunteerism, philanthropy and generosity with an award named for the transitional housing program’s founder Sister Kathryn Etchells. It was an emotional and meaningful moment for Specter who has helped to double the size of the Drueding Center and open its high-quality child care center, named in her honor.
The Sister Kathryn Etchells Leadership Award was presented to Specter at the third annual Stairway to Our Future event on Saturday, March 24 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building with over 350 guests. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the lives of women and children through volunteerism, philanthropy and acts of generosity.
Drueding Center was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer in 1987 to help create two generations of self-sufficient adults. Since 1987 hundreds of families have been touched by Drueding Center, by living in its 30-apartment residential building, by attending its licensed child care center, and by receiving the comprehensive case management necessary to become truly independent. Unique among programs for the homeless, Drueding Center follows graduates for seven years after they leave the residential program, offering the long term support that ensures success.
A longtime volunteer with the organization, Specter is one of the Drueding Center’s founding board members. Specter has served on boards and as an officer of many non-profit organizations in the local community including Project Rainbow, the original name for Drueding Center.
During her 12 year tenure on the board of Project Rainbow/Drueding Center, Specter chaired the development committee and was vice chair of the board. Throughout the years Specter has continued to volunteer and work on special projects at Drueding Center where she began her service as a Junior League of Philadelphia volunteer in 1988.
Drueding Center, the first transitional housing program in Philadelphia serves more than 400 homeless and formerly homeless families per year through transitional housing, case management and a licensed child care. Drueding Center builds lives and renews hope by working with homeless women and their children to create two generations of self-reliant adults. For more information, visit www.druedingcenter.org.