About the Patrician Society
Founded in 1981 to help those in need, the Patrician Society is focused primarily on addressing the needs of the swelling ranks of families who are hungry and 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 Society's founder, Rev. Gerard McCaffrey, was a priest at St. Patrick R.C. Church in Norristown who was concerned with the growing problems in his neighborhood. Father McCaffrey, along with Franny Lawrence, Charles McPherson and Joe McLaughlin galvanized a group of fellow citizens around a simple mission: To help those in need in any way we can. Today, the Patrician Society is a secular organization, no longer funded by the church, receiving its financial support primarily through donations and grants secured by its executive director and its volunteer Board of Directors. In 2014 we served 1,465 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
The most recent edition of our camp (the 35th !) ran from June 29 through August 7.
We appreciate the financial support that we received from 35 generous generous donors.
Their kindness enabled the Patrician Society to provide a fun and educational experience for 40 kids
in each of 6 one-week sessions. To find how you may help to support the camp in 2016, please call
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
And speaking of our 36th annual camp, to be held in July and August in 2016, parents
interested in enrolling their children are encouraged to contact the office by telephone or email when application
forms become available on May 1, 2016.