Giving of Self Partnership (GOSP)
Giving of Self Partnership, Inc. (GOSP) is the human services arm of the Second Macedonia Baptist Church which is under the leadership of Reverend Doctor Thomas J. Ritter. The Giving of Self Partnership building is located on 6101 Limekiln Pike, 19141. This faith based organization’s mission is to provide a spiritually-enriched supportive environment that will enhance the resiliency and protective factors of our communities and most importantly, our at risk youth.
During the inception of Giving of Self Partnership in 1989, its purpose was to serve the community residents, often single women and their children, by equipping them with employment skills, adequate healthcare, quality preschool educational programs, and other resources that would enable the families to overcome their circumstances. Below list the following programs offered at GOSP:
Positive Spirit Project (PSP) This program targets youth from 3rd-8th grades attending selected schools in the North and Northwest Region. The goals of this voluntary program are to increase school success, improve social skills, decrease truancy and increase access and use of appropriate resources within the community. Case managers work intensively with children and families to provide in-school support to students; facilitate group sessions, conduct home visits with families. Referrals usually come through the school counselors who have identified students with truancy, moderate to severe behavior problems and academic problems. Contact: Raphaela Browne, Program Administrator ext. 310
Summer Enrichment Activities The Summer Camp Program targets youth from K-5th who attend Birney, Logan and Cooke Elementary School and are within walking distance of the camp site at Second Macedonia Baptist located at 13th and Ruscomb Street in North Philadelphia. Students will engage in activities that increase their opportunities to become triumphant in their lives, such as computer classes, arts and crafts, field trips, teambuilding activities, drama, and music. The camp runs for seven weeks from July through August 8:30am-3pm. Contact: Jennifer Powell- Folk, Director Ext.308 Raphaela Browne, Program Administrator ext. 310 or Darnell Deans, Services Coordinator, ext. 304
After School Program This program also targets youth K-5th attending Birney, Logan and Cooke Elementary School. The After School Program runs from 3:30pm-6pm Monday –Friday at 1301 Ruscomb St. It is designed to engage youth in an ongoing series of activities that will stress personal development, appropriate and positive peer interactions, civic responsibility and the importance, necessity and expectation of academic achievement. The children will be provided with daily programming that includes academic enrichment, socialization/skill building activities, homework assistance, group session and speakers from different agencies/affiliations. Students will also be provided with a snack. Contact: Raphaela Browne, Program Administrator ext. 310
Linkage and Referral Program The Linkage and Referral Program is a community-based, information storehouse and distribution center, which provides linkages and referrals to community residents. The Center is a repository for a wide-range of information regarding health and nutrition awareness, housing, career development, recovery resources, senior activities and city-related services in the community. Short-term case management will also be provided to families with children. Contact: Darnell Dean, Services Coordinator ext. 304.
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