Upcoming Events

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(Photo - fourth cousins meeting for the first time at our Genealogy group in April)

Evening Genealogy Group 
Thursday, May 30 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Irish Immigration Center

Join irishphiladelphia.com’s genealogy maven Lori Lander Murphy and friends on a voyage of discovery about your ancestors.
The group employs the self-help method of research. Each gathering highlights a special topic of interest related to Irish history and culture as well DNA. Newcomers and beginners are welcome.

Irish Passport Clinic at the Irish Center
Thursday, May 30 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Irish Center, 6815 Emlen Street

On the last Thursday of every month we wil be at the Irish Center to help you renew your passports. To book an appointment please email Ciaran Porter at ciaran@icphila.org. Appointments are required.

Free Bi-Monthly Legal Immigration Clinic 
Monday, June 3 and June 17 from 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the Irish Immigration Center
Questions about U.S. immigration? Interested in U.S. citizenship? We provide free legal consultations in partnership with the Brehon Law Society.  Appointments are required. Please call 610-789-6355 ext.3200. or use our online booking tool below.

Book Your Appointment Here

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Bloomsday
Sunday, June 16, from 12 p.m. 2008 Delancy Place, Philadelphia
Join us on beautiful Delancey Place for the Rosenbach's annual Bloomsday celebration on June 16, the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom's fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce's epic Ulysses. 
The Rosenbach’s day-long reading of Ulysses will feature literati, artists, public figures, and familiar personalities along with musical performances that will bring the book to life. There is also food trucks and a beer garden at the event. We will have a stand so drop by to say hello. Bloomsday is free and open to everyone.

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Children's Story Time - Parent's Retreat!
Saturday, June 22 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Irish Immigration Center
Join us at the Irish Immigration Center for a monthly Celtic Children's Story Time from 6 p.m - 9 p.m. Leave your children with us while you relax. Your children will hear a classic Irish tale from one of our gifted storytellers followed by art and crafts activities with our qualified staff and Foróige youth group. After the children will watch a movie. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All potty trained children between the ages of 3 and 9 years are welcome.
Cost: $20 suggested donation per family. Please bring a sleeping bag for your children.
Please contact Ciaran on 610-789-6355 ext 3201 or at ciaran@icphila.org to reserve your child's spot.
Story Themes
Saturday, June 22nd – The Salmon of Knowledge
Saturday, September 21st - Brian Boru
Saturday, October 19th - Fionn and the Dragon
Saturday, November 23rd - The Giant from Scotland (Giants Causeway)
Saturday, December 7th -Setanta
Saturday, December 21st - The Crock of Gold

Senior Program April - June 2019 events

I hope you are all well and that you recovered from the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! We have finally seen a break in the cold spell and are looking forward to warmer weather. This is our first quarterly newsletter. We have lots of exciting activities lined up for you including a trip to Winterthur, where 40 costumes from the television series “The Crown” will be on display. If you are interested in participating please confirm before the end of April as places are limited. We also have a lot of musicians lined up this quarter.

Other exciting new programs happening at the Irish Immigration Center include our first evening Genealogy group presented by DNA guru Lori Lander Murphy. This will take place on the last Thursday of every month from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All are welcome.

We are also starting a walking club twice a week in April. Check our Facebook page for details or give me a call on 610-789-6355.

Bingo at the Irish Immigration Center

Wednesday, April 3  at 1:00 p.m.

Join our legendary bingo caller Chickie Harvey and friends for a game of Bingo after the weekly lunch at the Irish Immigration Center. All are welcome.

Easter Lunch at the Irish Center

Monday, April 8  from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m.

The Irish Center will host their annual Easter Celebration at the Commodore Barry Club. All are welcome to join for some delicious food, and Easter fun. Please RSVP by calling 610-789-6355 by Thursday April 4. Tickets cost $5. Transport will be provided from the Immigration Center at 11 a.m., so let us know if you need a lift!

NEW Irish American Genealogy Evening Group at the Immigration Center

Thursday, April 25, May 30 and June 27  from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join Lori Lander Murphy and friends to discover your ancestors in Ireland and America and to learn about their lives and experiences. All are welcome. All you need is curiosity!

Irish American Genealogy Group at the Immigration Center

Tuesday, April 9, May 14 and June 11 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join this group to discover your ancestors in Ireland and America and to learn about their lives and experiences. All are welcome. All you need is curiosity!

Music by Sean Durning at the Irish Immigration Center

Wednesday, April 10 at 12:30 p.m.

The wonderful Sean Durning will be strumming a few tunes after the weekly lunch at the Irish Immigration Center. All are welcome.

Easter Lunch at McGillicuddy’s with Terry Kane

Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00 p.m.

We are hosting our Easter special weekly lunch in McGillicuddy’s on Wednesday, April 17 with the talented Terry Kane providing the music. Please RSVP by Monday, April 15 by calling 610-789-6355. Please bring a dessert to share. Hope you to see you all there!

Get in shape for the summer with Anthony O’Gara at the Irish Immigration Center

Wednesday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Join Health and Nutrition Specialist, Anthony O’Gara for a talk on how to get in shape for the summer after the weekly lunch. All are welcome to join.

Professor William Watson discusses Duffy’s Cut at the Immigration Center

Wednesday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Join Professor Watson as he gives us a fascinating insight into his findings and the history behind the Duffy’s Cut tragedy. All are welcome.

Lunch at the Irish Center

Monday, May 13  from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for some delicious food. Please RSVP by calling 610-789-6355 by Thursday May 9. Tickets cost $5. Transport will be provided from the Immigration Center at 11 a.m., so let us know if you need a lift!


Lunch at McGillicuddy’s with Vince Gallagher

Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m.

We are hosting our weekly lunch in McGillicuddy’s on Wednesday, May 15 with the Vince Gallagher providing the entertainment. Please RSVP by Monday, May 13 by calling 610-789-6355. Please bring a dessert to share. Hope you to see you all there!

Day Trip to Winterthur

Tuesday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Winterthur, Delaware

In May, we are going to the stunning Winterthur House and Gardens to view a fantastic collection of costumes from the TV series “The Crown. Included is the house tour, the garden tram ride, entrance to the special exhibitions and a hot lunch of your choice. If you want to carpool from the Irish Immigration Center, the ticket price is $35.For those that want to avail of our transportation option the cost is $55. You must RSVP by April 25 by contacting Nicola on 610-789-6355 or nicola@icphila.org.

Potluck at the Immigration Center

Wednesday, May 22 at 12:00 p.m.

We have a number of talented chefs in our group and are always excited to see what delicious treats each potluck uncovers. Bring in a dish containing your favourite spring foods to share with the group.

In Bruges movie showing at the Immigration Center

Wednesday, June 5  at 1:00 p.m.

Join us for our weekly lunch followed by a showing of famous comedy “In Bruges” starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Glesson about two Irish hitman hiding out after a job goes wrong.

Bloomsday

Sunday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rosenbach, Delancey Place, Philadelphia

Join us to celebrate the Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday, where we celebrate Leopold Bloom’s journey through the streets of Dublin in Jame Joyce’s  masterpiece Ulysses. The day includes musical performances, readings from Ulysses and a beer garden. Admission is free and we will have a stand at the event. Be sure to drop by and say hello.

Lunch at McGillicuddy’s with music

Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m.

We are hosting our weekly lunch in McGillicuddy’s on Wednesday, June 19 with a mystery musician. Please RSVP by Monday, June 17 by calling 610-789-6355. Please bring a dessert to share. Hope you to see you all there!

Trivia with the Quizmaster of the Universe

Wednesday, June 26  at 1:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for the battle of the brains in the return of the Quizmaster of the Universe. As always, this will be a lot of fun.


Clash of the Counties

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We are very excited to announce our inaugural County Challenge.Show your county pride while supporting the Irish Immigration Center by clicking here.

The winning county receives a live social media broadcast by our Foróige Philadelphia youth club as they make their first visit to Ireland in July. And, of course, bragging rights as this year's winner. Let the game begin!

March with us this St. Patrick's Day!

Join the Irish Immigration and friends and march in St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 10 for fun and frolics.There will also be a guest appearance from our wonderful former Executive Director, Leslie Alcock. All are welcome to join. Contact Nicola at nicola@icphila.org to put your name on the list.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes

Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes: For adults assisting young people
Note: the class is 8 hours and has been split into two 4 hours days
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Places are limited, so please enroll as soon as possible to ensure your place.
You can enroll by calling the Irish Immigration Center, Ph. 610.789.6355.

October Events!

The wonderful Fall season has arrived and we have started to ramp up our programs for the cooler temperatures.We are delighted to announce our first Children's Story Hour on Sunday, October 14 with a "Spooky Halloween Special" at the Irish Immigration Center. Foroige youth group has started back up every Tuesday evening and newcomers are always welcome.Our group is currently training hard for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival on October 6, so wish them luck!

We have just completed a very successful trip to Gettysburg with our senior group. Our senior program runs every Wednesday at the Irish Immigration Center from 12 p.m. where people get together to share lunch, see old friends and make new ones. We always include fun, cultural and informative activities throughout the year. In October we will have guests speakers including Medicare advisers and music from the wonderful Terry Kane. Everyone is welcome to join!


 You can also check out any upcoming Irish Philadelphia events on our Irish Philadelphia community calendar donated by www.Irishphiladelphia.com. Stay tuned for more upcoming events and programs

Emily Norton Ashinhurst
Executive Director

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Children's Story Hour - Spooky Halloween Special
Sunday, October 14 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Irish Immigration Center
Did you know that the custom of making jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween began in Ireland? Hear the tale of 'Stingy Jack', through traditional Irish Storytelling with craft session for boys and girls aged 3-8 years.This is a free event but please sign up using the link below. All are welcome.

Sign up Here

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Free Bi-Monthly Legal Immigration Clinic 
Monday, October 15 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Irish Immigration Center
Questions about U.S. immigration? Interested in U.S. citizenship? We provide free legal consultations in partnership with the Brehon Law Society.  Appointments are required. Please call 610-789-6355 ext.3200. or use our online booking tool below.

Book Your Appointment Here

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Philadelphia Union vs. NY Red Bulls
Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium

Join friends and families from the Irish Immigration Center at Talen Energy Stadium as Philadelphia Union host the NY Red Bulls in the final regular season home match of 2018.
A portion of proceeds from each ticket will support the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia.
Have a Group of 10 or more? Contact Groups@philadelphiaunion.com to have per ticket fees waived.

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Free Career Coaching with Bill McCray

Bill has been in the human resources industry for over 30 years. He has gained a wealth of knowledge working for corporations such as British Petroleum, E.D.S.I. and Air Products. He is here every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for job interview preparation and advice on writing resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters.  He can also coach you if you are stuck in a career rut and are looking to change direction. All are welcome. Contact the center on 610-789-6355 ext.3200 to book your appointment. 

Foróige Philadelphia 
Every Tuesday from 7 p.m. at the Irish Immigration Center
Foróige youth club is for young people age 12-18 and meets every week at the Irish Immigration Center.
All new members welcome! For more information please email foroige@icphila.org or call (610) 789-6355 ext. 3201

Golf Outing 2018 Reminder

We are returning to Cobbs Creek Golf Club this Saturday, August 18 at 8 a.m for our Third Annual Golf Fundraiser.  The past two Golf Outings have been a massive success and a great days out. You can be part of this year's outing by signing up or helping out by sponsoring the event. All donations are welcome. We hope to see you there. 

Emily Ashinhurst
Executive Director         

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Sponsor Now

Sponsorship Opportunities
We have a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities available at different levels ranging from Event Sponsor to Patron. Every sponsorship helps us to continue providing the vital services that we give to our community so please consider donating.  

EVENT SPONSOR $1,000 - Individual banner at the event, sponsor signs on all prize holes, recognition on Facebook, and acknowledgement on the Irish Immigration Center’s website for a year.
CORPORATE $500 -  Individual banner at the event, sponsor signs on all prize holes, recognition on Facebook and the Irish Immigration Center’s website.
GOLD $250 - Name on banner, sponsor signs on all prize holes, and recognition on Facebook.
SILVER $100 - Name on individual hole sponsor sign and recognition on Facebook.
PATRON $25 - Name on shared hole sponsor sign and recognition on Facebook.  

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so all contributions are tax deductible. Deadlines for Event, Gold or Corporate levels are August 13th, Silver is August 15. Please contact Emily or Nicola on 610-789-6355 or email nicola@icphila.org to learn more. You can also sponsor via our Facebook page using the donate button or via the button above.

Sign up Here

When and Where?
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 8.a.m.
Location: Cobbs Creek Golf Course, 7400 Lansdowne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151
Cost: $100 per golfer includes light breakfast, dinner and prizes.
You can sign up by calling the Irish Immigration Center on 610-789-6355 or above.
Golf information: 8 a.m. shotgun, format- 4 person better ball, closest to the pins on all par 3’s, 2 longest drives. $100 per golfer includes light breakfast, dinner and prizes.

New Programs And Upcoming Events

As summer winds to an all-too-soon close and we look to the changing seasons, our team at the Irish Immigration Center is looking forward to some changes in our programming. The Center is used by many as a community resource and we're excited to increase that over the coming months.

Beginning in September, the Irish Immigration Center is offering a few new classes and groups plus an expansion of the very popular genealogy program! Please keep your eyes on your email for news of the following:

  • Irish Language for Youth
  • Homework Help
  • Storytime for children
  • Knitting and Craft Club
  • An added evening genealogy group

We welcome your feedback and suggestions as we look to fill the Irish Immigration Center with learning and laughter as often as we can.

Wishing you a relaxing end to the summer!


Emily Norton Ashinhurst
Executive Director

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Irish Immigration Center's Third Annual Golf Outing
Saturday, August 18 at Cobbs Creek Golf Club, 7200 Lansdowne Ave at 8 a.m.
Following on from the massive success of last year's Annual Golf Outing fundraiser, we are returning to Cobbs Creek Golf Club on Saturday, August 18 for our third Annual Golf Fundraiser. Golf information; 8 a.m. shotgun, format- 4 person better ball, closest to the pins on all par 3’s, 2 longest drives. Tickets cost $100 and include breakfast, dinner and prizes. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

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Foróige Philadelphia is starting back up!
Wednesday, August 8th 7- 8.30 p.m. 


After a couple of months off for the summer, we are ready to get the club back up and running again - Foróige youth club is for young people age 12-18 and meets every week at the Irish Immigration Center.

We will be kicking off this session with a Foróige Philadelphia Dragon Boat team in the International Festival which takes place October 6th. We will see the team work hard in the planning of the event and this will inspire great teamwork throughout the group. 

All new members welcome!
For more information please email foroige@icphila.org or call (610) 789-6355

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Ireland v Bosnia
Friday, August 10th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., 3300 Solly Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136

Team Ireland got off to a flying start in this year's Philadelphia Unity Cup where they beat Alegria 8-0 last Saturday morning. Come and support our boys in green this Friday evening as they take on Bosnia at Ramp playground. The post-game gathering is at Ashburner Inn, 8400 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia.
                              

Free Career Coaching with Bill McCray

Bill has been in the human resources industry for over 30 years. He has gained a wealth of knowledge working for the likes of British Petroleum, E.D.S.I. and Air Products. He is here every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for job interview preparation and advice on writing resumes, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters.  He can also coach you if you are stuck in a career rut and are looking to change direction. All are welcome. Contact the center on 610-789-6355 to book your appointment. 

Results for the DV lottery (DV-2019) Announced

Since May 5, 2014, all diversity visa lottery applicants are required to verify the results of their entry online at www.dvlottery.state.gov. They must enter their application Confirmation Number from the online application receipt, their Last Name/Family Name, and Year of Birth in order to check the status online. Results will be posted online until September 30, 2019.

Applicants should keep their confirmation numbers until September 2019 as more winners may be selected later. All “winners” of the DV-2019 lottery must be processed for green card before September 30, 2019.

Homework Club

As the new school term approaches, we have an exciting new program here at the center for middle and high school students who want some extra homework help.  We are running our Homework Club three afternoons (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) per week from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m, starting in September. If you are interested in getting involved tutoring or enrolling your child please contact the center on 610-789-6355 or at info@icphila.org

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2018 Golf Outing

We are excited to announce our Third Annual Golf Outing

We are returning to Cobbs Creek Golf Club on Saturday, August 18 at 8 a.m for our Third Annual Golf Fundraiser.  The past two years have seen glorious weather and plenty of action on the course. The event will start with a light breakfast, followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start. After the game, a meal will be provided along with the prizes. We also have some exciting sponsorship opportunities, so, please come and join in the fun!
 

Sign up Here

When and Where?
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 8.a.m.
Location: Cobbs Creek Golf Course, 7400 Lansdowne Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151
Cost: $100 per golfer includes light breakfast, dinner and prizes.
You can sign up by calling the Irish Immigration Center on 610-789-6355 or above.
Golf information: 8 a.m. shotgun, format- 4 person better ball, closest to the pins on all par 3’s, 2 longest drives. $100 per golfer includes light breakfast, dinner and prizes.

Sponsor Now

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities available at different levels ranging from Event Sponsor to Patron. Every sponsorship helps us to continue providing the vital services that we give to our community so please consider donating.  

EVENT SPONSOR $1,000 - Individual banner at the event, sponsor signs on all prize holes, recognition on Facebook, and acknowledgement on the Irish Immigration Center’s website for a year.
CORPORATE $500 -  Individual banner at the event, sponsor signs on all prize holes, recognition on Facebook and the Irish Immigration Center’s website.
GOLD $250 - Name on banner, sponsor signs on all prize holes, and recognition on Facebook.
SILVER $100 - Name on individual hole sponsor sign and recognition on Facebook.
PATRON $25 - Name on shared hole sponsor sign and recognition on Facebook.  

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so all contributions are tax deductible. Deadlines for Event, Gold or Corporate levels are August 13th, Silver is August 15. Please contact Emily or Nicola on 610-789-6355 or email nicola@icphila.org to learn more. You can also sponsor via our Facebook page using the donate button or via the button above.

Summer Happenings

It’s been a busy introduction to life at the Irish Immigration Center – one full of smiles and laughter. I feel so fortunate to have met the crowds of people who make this Center truly incredible. Leslie has been a godsend in this transition and everyone has welcomed me with the famous Irish hospitality (and 100,000 cups of tea!). I feel as though I’ve belonged all my life and am thrilled to be a part of this great team!

I, along with Nicola and Ciaran, are excited to continue bringing the programs you know and love as well as some new offerings in the months ahead. Please keep a watch on your inboxes as we roll out a fall schedule with some new opportunities, trips, and events. If there are ever any questions you have or idea you would like to pose, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or anyone on the team.

Thank you all for the warm welcome! I hope to return the favor the next time you’re by - please stop in and see us in the Center. The kettle is on and the biscuit jar is full!


Emily Norton Ashinhurst
Executive Director

Free Career Coaching with Bill McCray

Bill has been in the human resources industry for over 30 years. He has gained a wealth of knowledge working for the likes of British Petroleum, E.D.S.I. and Air Products. He is here every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for job interview preparation, and advice on writing resumes, Linkedin profiles and cover letters.  He can also coach you if you are stuck in a career rut and are looking to change direction. All are welcome. Contact the center on 6t10-789-6355 to book your appointment. 

Free Immigration Clinic - July 9 and July 23

Every month we host two free legal clinics, offering access to the expertise of licensed immigration attorneys. These legal clinics provide professional, confidential consultations and services to all, regardless of their immigration status. Our attorneys give their services at our clinic pro-bono. Our clinics for July will run on July 9 and  July 23. If you are interested in attending one of our clinics please call on 610-789 6355 to make an appointment.

Introducing Emily Norton Ashinhurst

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I'm delighted to introduce Emily Norton Ashinhurst, the Irish Immigration Center's new Executive Director.

Emily is excited to join the team at the Irish Immigration Center. She has dedicated her career to the nonprofit world working for missions she treasures on a personal level. From helping children achieve their potential, to aiding women on the brink of homelessness, to consulting with nonprofits on strategies for organizational growth and success, Emily feels fortunate to have made a difference in profound ways. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in operations, development, marketing, and programming and has managed budgets from small to large. Some of the organizations she has worked for include Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Home of the Sparrow, and Help Hope Live. Emily’s family spent summers in County Kildare and she is proud to be working with an organization that connects her Irish roots with her passion for helping our community.  

Emily lives in Havertown with her husband, Kyle, her daughter, Maggie, and their dog, Hermione. In her downtime, she loves photography, horses, and cooking for her family.

I think Emily joining the team presents a very exciting opportunity for the center, the programs, and the community as a whole. The center is going from strength to strength and I believe Emily, the team, and all of you in the community will do great things together. 
 
Please note, the programs and services in the center will not be affected by this change in leadership. It is and will be business as usual. I know that the Irish Government remains firmly committed to supporting the Center and our community as a whole.

I do have one request. I ask that you help Emily, like you helped, supported, and encouraged me. I also ask that you continue to support my colleagues, Nicola Bell and Ciaran Porter who work to provide our community programs and services here too.

One final note, I will be forever grateful for the support that you gave me and the center. I moved here six years ago and I didn’t know one person and now I feel like I’m leaving family behind. I will forever cherish the memories we’ve made together, the good times we’ve had, and most of all I will always cherish your friendship and support. My life is forever changed for the better by having the opportunity and pleasure of getting to know you. Philadelphia will always have a place in my heart. I do hope we can keep in touch. My personal email is; leslie.alcock84@gmail.com.

Please do stop by the center to get to know Emily over a cuppa. 

“Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean, I’ll miss you until we meet again”
 
Best Wishes, 
 
Leslie