About the Patrician Society
The Patrician Society, founded in 1981 to help our less fortunate neighbors, is focused primarily on addressing the needs of the swelling ranks of families who are hungry and who come to us for assistance with food and other basic needs. We also offer a summer camp for children. In the past, we have run a men's shelter, a multi-national Hispanic support group, a senior citizens program, an after-school care center, and a youth job-training program in conjunction with Temple University. The agency founder, Rev. Gerard McCaffrey, was concerned with the growing problems in the neighborhoods in central Norristown and recruited Fran Lawrence, Charles McPherson, Joe McLaughlin (the incorporators), and a group of fellow citizens to rally around a simple mission: To help those in need in any way we can. Today the Patrician Society has expanded its geographic scope for service and receives its financial support primarily through donations and grants secured by the executive director and the volunteer Board of Directors. In 2016 we served 1,357 different verifiably needy families through one or more of our services. All donations to the Patrician Society are used to provide for the basic human needs of our less fortunate neighbors.
Patrician Society assistance includes providing grocery baskets designed to supply enough food for all family members in a verifiably needy family to have 3 meals a day for 3 days. We use volunteers for cupboard tasks such as intake, food sorting, grocery package makeup and distribution as well as other jobs required to supply food to our needy patrons.
When funds are available, the Patrician Society also implements its H.U.M.A.N. program providing financial aid with Housing, Utilities and Medical Aid for Neighbors.
Due to the fact that we generate donations from a wide area, we have no geographic boundaries in terms of providing service. If a potential client can prove an economic need (and as long as we have access to necessary resources), we will do all we can to help out.
Children's Summer Camp
Our 37th annual summer day camp for boys and girls ages 5-11 will open on Monday, July 3, and will operate, as usual, in 6 one-week sessions until August 11.
To find how you may help to support the camp in 2017, please call (610)272-6316
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents interested in enrolling their children are encouraged to contact the office by telephone or email when application forms become available on May 1, 2017.