FACE TO FACE GERMANTOWN is the beneficiary of the Ron S! Charitable Fund drive this year. Please donate here:https://facetofacegermantown.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com/donate
This is what your donation can buy for people in need: $10 – shower, personal care items, clean clothes; $25 – health clinic visit; $30 – PA non-drivers ID; $35 – Box of groceries; $50 – week of meals for one person; $100-500 – Rental Assistance.
At Face to Face struggling families, individuals and the homeless are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. Their goal is to meet basic human needs and reduce suffering; thereby assisting their guests to a better future.
Face to Face offers a Dining Room, a nurse managed Health Center, a Legal Center, a Social Services Center and, along with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, early child education (3 and 4 year olds), children’s Summer Camps and After School programs. They also have a Washeteria where people can take a hot shower and receive a new set of clothes. Face to Face serves 2,500 annually and has been a stable presence in Germantown for 35 years.
Face to Face is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) human services organization dedicated to the health, well-being, and stability of our community. Face to Face meets basic human needs and reduces suffering. With hospitality, they provide a safe environment and practical tools, which enable the people of our community to confront personal challenges, empower their lives, and fulfill their unique potential.
Ron was a generous, kind, hilarious, brilliant, opinionated, friendly and compassionate person who cared deeply about healing the world. This fund continues his legacy.
Ron cared deeply about social justice and helping others. The Ron S! Charitable Fund was established by the family to continue Ron’s spirit of giving to organizations that serve the people of our country and around the world. The charity was founded with seed money from Ron’s estate and has supported more than 20 causes so far and has raised or given away over $45,000.
2019 Fundraising Projects
$4,000 raised for a Cuddle Cot at Temple University Hospital in December of 2019. A Cuddle Cot is a new medical technology that holds the body of a newborn infant who dies at birth or shortly after so that the body of the baby will be preserved for several hours, giving the family time to grieve the loss of their child. Below is the plaque that appears on the Cuddle Cot donated to Temple.
$1,000 raised for NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami.org in May of 2019. Led by Ron’s cousin, Favie Williams organized a group of 35 family and friends to participate in a walk to support NAMI.
$3700 raised to bring a Virtual Dementia technology program to PPh (the Philadelphia Protestant Home). This program allows family members caring for their loved ones stricken with Alzheimer’s to experience a simulation of what it is like to have the disease, and better understand how they can help them manage the condition. PPH also uses the Virtual Dementia program to train staff members to improve the care provided to people who are diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s. This video is short yet informative: Virtual Dementia program explained.
$5000 raised in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The AFSP received 75% of the money and 25% went to the Ron S! Charitable Fund. The art auctioned off at the silent fundraiser was part of Ron’s personal collection.
OTHER CAUSES SUPPORTED by The Ron S! Charitable Fund
Donations can be given directly to a recipient organization of your choice by clicking a link on the list below on this page. Any time we exceed a financial goal, the money remains in the fund so that we can continue to make modest distributions on Ron’s birthday.
Ron died on Christmas Day, December 25, 2015. His birthday is January 6. Those days or anytime during the holiday season would be especially meaningful for contributions to the fund in Ron’s honor.
The Ron S! Charitable Fund
Ron was well aware of his ability to provide for himself, offer special gifts and experiences for his loved ones, and give to others doing good work for people in society. He had a natural ability to uplift everyone around him. More than just providing financial assistance, Ron took a real interest in people, building and restoring relationships, showing up for special events, and arranging times for friends and family to get together.
Ron was a compassionate person deeply committed to causes for social justice. He was an ally and supporter of his LGBTQ colleagues at SAP, where he worked. He had a strong commitment to racial equality, immigrant rights, helping marginalized people, and reducing the toll that gun violence has taken on our country.
The causes Ron supported, and those the family has donated to in his name, are listed below.