Newsletter // Summer 2018           

Themed Activities - By: Dionna Jones and Carrie Wolfe

Over the last few weeks, the childcare professionals have been implementing different crafts and activities that correspond to a particular theme. June has been an Ocean Theme!
We have had a blast watching the children learn about seahorses through reading Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle (far left in photo collage) and by completing a tissue paper craft (top right in photo collage). The children learned about octopuses through finger painting suction cups on their tentacles (bottom middle in photo collage). 
This theme and all of the crafts and activities have created more structure for the children throughout the day. It is greatly improving the quality of their time at Jeremiah's Place! We look forward to our Bug Themed July!


And thank you to those who sent us items inspired by our theme to help build our activities!

Join us for a wonderful benefit dinner supporting Jeremiah's Place. You will be treated to an amazing five-course meal (with dessert) and wine pairings. Each guest will be entered into a few special door prizes! Space is LIMITED so please register today.

*Gratuity is include in the price of dinner

*Valet Parking Available

*30% of your ticket price is tax-deductable

Thank you Nicole Narvaez Manns for the donation of toys and toiletries!
Rev. Shawn Malarkey's congregation held a collection for Jeremiah's Place. Thanks!
Thank you to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for hosting a talent show to benefit Jeremiah's Place!
Beginning in 2008, a group of friends with an goal to help the community started an annual charity golf outing. This outing, The Open Wide Open, sponsors one charity each year, and in 2018, Jeremiah's Place was the beneficiary! 
The golf scramble had nearly 100 golfers enjoying a beautiful day at the Pittsburgh National Golf Club. Every hole featured a different skill challenge (closest to the pin, longest drive, straightest drive, etc.) or a fun diversion (hunting decoys on the putting green, cigar sales, children's games, etc.). 
We were honored to have the support of the Open Wide Open this year. They raised over $26,000 for the children we serve, which is the most they have ever raised! Thank you so much to the members of the Open Wide Open team, and Eileen Sharbaugh (JP founder) who helped plan and coordinate the event!
Every year the Pittsburgh Society of Investment Professionals (PSIP) choose a charity to support through their philanthropic efforts throughout the year. With the help of Bryan Hoover, Jeremiah's Place was selected as the 2018 charity of choice. This relationship has grown into something very special for both PSIP and Jeremiah's Place! We have hosted memers, Frank Randazza and Bryan Hoover, for tours. We also took part in their "Night at the Races" event at the Rivers Casino on June 7, 2018. It was such a fun night, telling the stories of Jeremiah's Place and sharing in the festivities with the group. They fell in love with our Jere Bears, and some of the attendees were able to leave with a Jere Bear of their own! It was their most successful "Night of the Races" event they have ever had, and we look forward to continuing the relationships that the night built!
On June 23rd, we hosted our 2nd Annual Family Extravaganza Block Party. The rain may have kept us inside, but the event was still a resounding success! Thanks to the Kingsley Association, we were able to hold the event in the gymnasium during the rainy day. We hosted 18 agencies at our resource fair, provided free Franktuary meals to all of our guests, and had face painting and crafts. We were happy to host Sojourner House at the event, and we had over 100 guests from the community come through the party! 
We could not have put on the event without our many staff and volunteers that made it happen, along with our generous sponsors: The Pittsburgh Foundation, Allegheny County Medical Society, Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation, Bookminders, Byars and Alexander, and Guardian Storage! Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success, and we look forward to next year!
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious
learning. Play really is the work of childhood.”
-Mister Rogers
At Jeremiah’s Place, we stand in the gap for children and families in need. It is our mission to protect children, strengthen families, and transform communities. Each day we see children in our center, we know that one of the most important things we can do for and with them is create opportunities to play and engage. Whether we are blowing bubbles outside while playing with sidewalk chalk, reading a really great book during story time, or finger painting and making castles with kinetic sand, we recognize how important this is to their development.
Mr. Rogers says it best, play really is the work of childhood. Although as a crisis nursery, we don’t know what children may be in our care from day to day, our dedicated childcare professionals work hard to plan activities and learning experiences that ignite imagination, creativity and confidence. It warms my heart when I see a child’s artwork or listen to the laughter as they enjoy their playtime with staff and other children.
As we continue our work, we know it would not be possible without the many donors and friends that purchase items on our wish list so that we can provide an array of fun activities and crafts for our children. Please “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so that you can stay up-to-date on the fun and exciting times our children have playing and learning, growing and sharing, laughing and just being kids!

Lisa J. Perry
Executive Director
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