Eileen Addis, MSS, LSW, of Clinical Resource Management and Social Work, sees her work at HUP as part of her connection to the neighborhoods the hospital serves. She has extended this commitment as a six-year board member of Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN), a Philadelphia nonprofit dedicated to providing strong support networks and services to older women in need.
Although SOWN focuses on older women, for the past 10 years, it has worked with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Marypat Tracy, LCSW, SOWN's director of Programs, estimates that there are more than 22,000 grandparent-led families in Philadelphia. These grandparents play a crucial role in preventing these kids from entering foster care.
"This is parenting the second time around for them," said Tracy. "They might be 75 years old. The world is different. Parenting is different.”