CORA Services honors local ‘Champions for Children’

Making a difference: CORA Services recognized two individuals and an organization for helping the agency create a brighter future for local families.

CORA Services celebrated its 45th anniversary last week at its annual Champions for Children event at the Union League of Philadelphia.

More than 125 people were in attendance on Nov. 22, as CORA recognized two individuals and an organization for helping the agency create a brighter future for children and families in the Philadelphia region.

The honorees were:

ull; Christian Brown, a Father Judge High School senior, who explained how he overcame developmental delays, emotional instability, severely impaired vision and the loss of his dad when he was 8. He credited CORA staff and supporters and his school counselor, Michele Purcell, for making him believe he can achieve success. Brown, who has a 4.0 grade point average, received the Classroom Champion Award, which recognizes a local student who has persevered to overcome significant challenges and achieve outstanding academic success.

ull; The 2016 CORA Corporate Champion was Univest Bank & Trust Co. (formerly Valley Green and Fox Chase Banks). Univest has generously sponsored CORA events and partnered with local organizations to benefit the community.

• State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.), elected in 1984, was CORA’s civic honoree. He recently led the House of Representatives’ efforts to secure the future of recovery high schools in Philadelphia.

CORA Services has been helping youth and families in the Philadelphia region since 1971. Its mission is to help those facing academic or social challenges by delivering support and creating opportunities for sustainable growth and development.

CORA serves more than 18,000 children and families every year. It provides academic support, school counseling, occupational therapy, speech and language services, psychological services, truancy services and student assessment programs as well as offers individual and family counseling, mental health treatment, substance abuse services, teen/young adult pregnancy services, intensive prevention services, early intervention, after-school and summer programs, and preschool education.

For information, visit coraservices.org or call 215–342–7660. ••

Making a difference: CORA Services recognized two individuals and an organization for helping the agency create a brighter future for local families.

Making a difference: CORA Services recognized two individuals and an organization for helping the agency create a brighter future for local families.