Earlier this year, we announced that the Boards of Directors of Silver Springs – Martin Luther School and theVillage, following an extensive exploratory process, voted in favor of uniting to operate as one single organization serving children, youth, and families in the Philadelphia region. This merger will enable our organization to continue its vital work well into the future and will expand its mission and continuum of care. Together with theVillage, we will be able to help more children and families in need in more ways.
We are excited to share the merger will be finalized on November 1st. Thereafter, we will be transitioning to our new organization name, and effective January 2020, the combined organization will be known as Gemma Services.
Why Gemma? The answer to that question can be found in the dual meaning of the word.
In nature, a gemma is a young plant that grows and thrives independently, often after a disruption such as a rainstorm. In Italian, gemma means gem, or precious stone.
When considering the work we do, promoting hope and healing through mental health services, education, and specialized support for vulnerable and at-risk children and families, we feel the meaning behind our new name reaffirms our belief that those we serve are absolutely precious and nothing is more important than creating and cultivating an environment where they are given the opportunity to grow, flourish, and shine.
Martin Luther School and the Preheim Center will retain their names as part of Gemma Services.
After the merger is finalized, Kristen Gay, Ph.D., will continue in the role of President and CEO of Gemma Services. Michael Kellerman, current President and CEO of theVillage, will become Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Gemma Services. The combined entity will continue to offer its programs and services at all existing sites. Most importantly, Gemma Services, inspired by the long legacies and faith-based histories of theVillage and Silver Springs, will continue to promote hope and healing.