Kristen GayDear Friends,

In 2019, Silver Springs – Martin Luther School will celebrate 160 years of serving children and families. Certainly, much has changed since 1859 when Silver Springs was founded as an orphanage in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. As the pressures and complexities facing families have grown over the years, Silver Springs has grown too. We continue to evolve to stand ready to meet the needs of children and families when they face hardships. Through our Residential Treatment Program, Martin Luther School, and Community Based Services, we are proud to help more than 2,400 children and families every year.

As part of our recent strategic planning process, we reflected on the principles upon which Silver Springs was founded. We also created a road map to guide us into the future so that we can best help the precious children in our shared community. Although much has changed in 160 years, much has stayed the same. Silver Springs remains steadfast in the belief that all children deserve to feel valued, loved, safe, and capable. As we have since 1859, Silver Springs will continue to help children and families to heal from the most difficult traumatic circumstances, to grow, to thrive, and to learn new skills so they can be successful.

Silver Springs envisions a world
in which all children know they matter,
are resilient, reach their highest potential,
and achieve a stable and bright future.

To reaffirm our commitment to children and their families, we have updated our Vision, Values, and Mission statements that serve as a guiding light in our work. You can find the updated language on the next page.

We thank you, our important partners, for joining with us as we continue to help children, and their families, to build resilience and strength so they can achieve their well-deserved bright futures. We could not do this life changing work without you.

Thank you,

Kristen E.M. Gay, Ph.D.