Philadelphia, PA—March 18, 2012—Tracey Specter of Gladwyne will receive the Sister Kathryn Etchells Leadership Award at the 25th anniversary of Drueding Center in March.
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.
The Sister Kathryn Etchells Leadership Award will be presented to Specter at the third annual Stairway to Our Future event set for Saturday, March 24 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building where 350 guests are expected to attend. The award, named in honor of the founder of the Drueding Center, recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the lives of women and children through volunteerism, philanthropy, and acts of generosity.
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 eight year tenure on the board of Project Rainbow, 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.
In addition to her service for Drueding Center, Specter serves as Vice President and Development Chair for the Perelman Jewish Day School. She also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Jewish Day School Collaborative, the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the board of Maccabiah USA. Specter also works as an organizer of the National Leadership Conference on Hunger in Poverty that is set to take place in Philadelphia in May 2012.
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.
About Holy Redeemer
With an emphasis on providing a continuum of care, Holy Redeemer Health System remains true to the mission to care, comfort and heal that its sponsor, the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, began in our region in 1924 – to provide high quality, compassionate care. Today, Holy Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.