About SFN & Annual Report
Slater Family Network is a 501C3 non profit family center serving the residents of the seven municipalities comprising the Bangor Area School District. SFN was established in August 2000. Our offices are located behind the Bangor High School, adjacent to the Paine Theater and open Monday-Friday from 8am - 2pm. Summer hours vary, please call, 610-599-7019.
Slater Family Network is governed by its own board of directors:
President: Nathan Strouse
Vice President: Peggy Reimer
Treasurer: Cheryl A. Melnick
Financial Secretary: Rosemary Kocher
Secretary: Scott E. Miller
BASD LIASON: Braden Hendershot
Our mission is to provide resources, referrals, and programs to empower families in need in the Bangor Area School District.
Bridget Pruett, Executive Director
Fran Hlavacek, BSW - Service Coordinator, EASB
Elizabeth Kostura, LPC, CAADC -Theerapist
Patti Miller, Caseworker
Marilyn Wolf, Food Access Manager
End of Year Report 2017-2018
Slater Family Network
“Rock Solid Support”
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Our mission is to provide resources, referrals and programs to empower families in need in the
Bangor Area School District.
Our vision is that Slater Family Network will become the center that bridges the gap between residents’ needs and
Families Served: 95 new families (full intake, multiple visits, unduplicated)
1690 open, active case management families
Bangor Area School District
Designated Donors from United Way Campaign
Donations, Fund Drives & Memorials
Northampton County Children & Youth Division
Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation
United Way Greater Lehigh Valley
Executive Director: Bridget Pruett
Caseworkers: Catherine Saveri and Patricia Miller
Food Access Manager: Marilyn Wolf
Board of Directors:
Rosemary Kocher, President
Peggy Reimer, Vice President
Cheryl Melnick, Treasurer
Scott Miller, Secretary
Braden Hendershot, BASD Liaison
8th Annual “912” Scholarship in loving memory of Denny Strouse.
· 2 - $1,000 scholarships awarded to Jacob Happel and Jaclyn Hess
12th Annual Silent Auction –over 100 baskets & gifts were auctioned. Proceeds were $7,000 and used in the Slater Family Network Emergency Fund to assist local families in need.
13th Annual Slater Family Network Scholarship
· $2,000 awarded to Icis Johnson.
Backpacks & School Supplies – donated by local churches, community members and SFN
- 60 families (120 students) served with backpacks filled with supplies, distributed in August 2017 and throughout the school year
Backpack Buddies - in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank. Qualifying students go home every Friday with a backpack filled with food and beverages for their consumption over the weekend. The families served are those who are food insecure. The program primarily served students in grades 4-12 and continues through the summer.
- 89 students for academic year
- 52 students registered for Summer 2017
Clothes Closet – SFN on-site closet provided clothing, shoes, small household items and blankets for families.
- 322 families served, 10% of clients made multiple visits
- Bangor Boutique – SFN Clothes Closet annex located at Bangor High School serving students with school appropriate clothing, casual clothes, shoes, handbags and Prom attire
- Over 1000 students visited the Boutique during the academic year
EASB –Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt in Washington Township, low income housing for older adults – one of our caseworkers provides on-site service coordination. The residents are assisted with needs ranging from assistance with paperwork, prescription plans, transportation, visiting nurse care, and more.
- 674 visits were logged to Service Coordinator
Emergency Food Bank – SFN is a site for the residents of the Slate Belt to receive emergency food. This program is in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Non-perishables and meat are provided through SHFB. Milk is available on occasion as well as bread, fresh vegetables and fruit. A local family provides fresh eggs for the pantry.
- 267 families used the pantry
- 512 adults served
- 469 children served
- 27 older adults served
Free Dental Care for Adults – in collaboration with Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation. Clients are seen at the Northampton Dental Initiative Clinic in downtown Easton. Adults who are low income, do not have dental insurance and are unable to pay for dental care are assisted with up to $500 in dental care per year.
- Program not needed this past fiscal year
Holiday Giving – holiday gifts for children age 2 through age 12, full meal and even holiday decorations provided. Many collaborators including the Bangor Elks, Bangor Elementary PTO, BASD staff, local churches, Bangor Women’s Club, Ladies Fire Auxiliary, STA Staff and community members. Benefactors provide the gifts and a meal for families in need.
- 96 families served with gifts for children and meals
- Bangor Elks delivered 35 holiday food baskets to families
- Keller Williams Realty, Bangor Jacksonian Club, Ladies Fire Auxiliary, Bangor Women’s Club, local churches, Bangor HS Clubs and individual community members provided turkeys and other holiday meal items
Thanksgiving Baskets –baskets were provided for local, low income families complete with turkey and all the trimmings. A local real estate agency, Keller Williams, provided baskets and delivered them to families.
- 74 baskets total from Keller Williams, local churches, Bangor HS Clubs, Bangor Women’s Club, Ladies Fire Auxiliary and individual community members
- Grace United Methodist Church prepared and delivered fully prepared meals to 4 clients
Keller Williams Real Estate Agency also provided Easter bags for the Back Pack Buddies Program.
Two Rivers Mental Health Grant – in collaboration with the Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation and A Healing Path Counseling, mental health counseling was provided for a minimal co-pay for individuals/families that do not have mental health insurance, have a high deductible or do not have the ability to pay for care.
- 35 families/individuals served