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New Bright Space opens for Northern Children Services in Philadelphia

December 2, 2014

NCS BS 2Two very warm and inviting Bright Spaces were created for the women and children who live at the Northern Children Services. The Bright Spaces will help empower the women in the Generations program at the shelter, which focuses on helping teen moms with one or two young children get back on their feet.

I often speak about the environment having a positive impact on the recovery of the children that enroll in our Generations programs. Many of those children arrive from environments and circumstances that do not always demonstrate care and warmth. Consequently, their behavior and/or circumstances mimic that environment,” Tracey Lavallias, President and CEO of Northern Children’s Services said. “At NCS we strive to create an environment that is nurturing and reflective of our mission. Bright Horizons understands this philosophy intrinsically, for that we are most grateful. We hope that this is the start of a long standing relationship, as we strive to positively impact the communities in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.”

NCS BS 1Jennifer Kula, Center Director, and Carol Yaroch, Assistant Director, of Bright Horizons at West Point were crucial to the success of this project.

“Our partnership with Northern began a few years ago, when one of our employees suggested reaching out to help provide gifts at the holidays. Over time, we expanded our efforts to include donation drives for infant care supplies,” says Carol. “As we grew to know the mission at Northern, we realized that focusing our efforts on supporting the Generations Programs was an ideal way to further support the young women living here continue to strengthen our partnership. I have truly enjoyed every minute spent working on the campus, and look forward to our continued partnership.”

“Designing the Bright Space has been a fulfilling service opportunity,  says Jennifer. “ I was happy to help create a new space for the moms and babies to enjoy at Northern. The team at Northern was there to pitch in and lend a hand at any moment during our renovation project. I hope these spaces become a safe and relaxing environment where the moms and children can bond, grow, and play together.”

Read NCS announcement.

View before and after photos.