calendar February 15, 2019 in Communications, Faith in action

Lutheran Settlement House Gets Boost from Fishtown’s Boom

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:

A century ago, immigrants who arrived in Fishtown from Eastern Europe found themselves at the doors of the Lutheran Settlement House on Frankford Avenue, an urban ministry that helped families acclimate to their new lives.

The nonprofit agency, which has never moved from the stately building where it was founded in 1902, now stands on a stretch of prime real estate, amid converted condos and artfully lit restaurants selling $15 cocktails.

The rapid changes have forced the organization, which provides shelter, education, domestic violence support, senior services and more, to reflect on its role in the new Fishtown, said Erica Zaveloff, director of development.

But the revitalization has also brought generosity from the businesses that now line Frankford Avenue, which have become among its most reliable donors. Fund-raising events regularly draw contributions from restaurants like Frankford Hall, Bottle Bar East, Joe’s Steaks, Johnny Brenda’s, and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons.