We could not have risen to the unexpected challenges of 2020 without our strong network of friends, volunteers, community organizations, business partners, and donors.
Thank you for standing by us and sharing in our mission. As a small token of our appreciation for all you do, we share this video of gratitude with you.
Appreciation Related to COVID-19
Good deeds come in all shapes and sizes, and for that, KenCrest is grateful. During the course of the COVID 19 crisis, our organization has received critical donations from area foundations, needed to sustain safe 24-hour care of individuals with disabilities living in KenCrest residential homes, and the essential staff caring for them. Additionally, funding from community and private foundations enabled staff from our Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention programs to support children and families through telecommunication, meal distribution, access to diapers and formula, and more.
We have been fortunate to receive support from the following foundations for emergency response efforts:
- Caroline J.S. Sanders Trust
- Gundacker Foundation (Rotary District 7450)
- Montgomery County Foundation – COVID-19 Response Fund
- Reinvestment Fund – Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education
- PHL COVID-19 Fund – Made possible by a collaboration between the Philadelphia Foundation, the City of Philadelphia, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey
- PNC Foundation
- United Way of Chester County – COVID-19 Response Fund
Click here to read more about these foundation grants and how they will help to sustain our ongoing pandemic response efforts.
From gloves, masks, Tyvek coveralls, thermometers, to games and arts supplies, local businesses have stepped up to help our needs for supplies that were in short supply at the beginning of the pandemic. Crazy Aaron’s, a local toy company, sent games for our residents to enjoy during stay-at-home orders. CTDI and PNC have helped to provide iPads and iPhones for our staff to continue critical work with our students, and connect residents with their families and telehealth services.
Additionally, we are grateful to the following businesses that donated much needed PPE and disinfecting products:
- Capone’s Restaurant
- Delta-T Group
- Northern Lights Tattoo & Body Piercings
- Regional Pharmacy
- Tech Terra Environmental
Our supporters have stepped up in big ways since the beginning of the pandemic. Many gifts have come in that were unexpected, unsolicited and very much appreciated. Although we may not list all your names here, please know that we are eternally grateful that you have chosen to stand with us. A small army has made more than 1,750 cloth masks for our staff and consumers. For this, we are endlessly thankful. Local musician David Cunningham of the band Go HAM, dedicated a special Friday night live online concert to KenCrest. Staff and those we support enjoyed a night of music and dancing while maintaining social distancing guidelines. David also raised funds for KenCrest during the live event.
The KenCrest Centers and Services Board pulled together in support of gratitude gifts for all of our Direct Support Professionals. 100% of our Board members participated, raising over $7,700!
In addition to the entire agency pulling together as “essential workers” during the pandemic, our staff have gone above and beyond every day to support each other during this trying time. Our staff has faced adversity and disruption in many parts of their personal and professional lives, and we would be remiss if we did not highlight what they have done, not only for those we serve, but for each other.
As we faced the potential of homes following stay-at-home orders, staff collected and donated emergency overnight supplies, so if staff were required to stay overnight, they would be comfortable. Over 70 pillows, 40 sleeping bags, and 20 air mattresses and cots were collected. Personal comfort items and toiletries were collected and given to any staff that altered their hours to ensure that those we support continued to receive care.
As many office staff found themselves suddenly working from home, over 50 have volunteered to make deliveries of groceries, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to homes. We completed more than 150 deliveries and more happen every day as we continue to follow the stay at home orders. Other staff have volunteered to ensure that their coworkers are able to get to work when public transportation was limited or not available.
Our KenCrest Family has pulled together like never before, and it has been the sustaining force as we face these unprecedented times.
Appreciation for Other Donations
We thank our event sponsors who supported our ongoing work this year! Please visit the event pages to view a list of our sponsors.
We look forward to recognizing all of our donors in our upcoming Annual Report. You can view previous reports here.