United Lutheran Seminary is pleased to announce that Gemma Services will operate from the Hagan Center on the Philadelphia campus. A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality mental health, special education, child welfare, and prevention programs for at-risk youth and families, Gemma was formed in 2019 when Silver Springs-Martin Luther School and theVillage united to operate as one single organization servicing children, families and communities across the Philadelphia region. Both Silver Springs and theVillage were founded in the 1800s as orphanages in Philadelphia and evolved over the years to meet the growing needs of their communities; Silver Springs as a Lutheran Social Ministry Organization and theVillage previously known as Presbyterian Children’s Village. Now as a combined organization, Gemma provides vital services for more than 3,000 youth and families each year and has three locations in the Greater Philadelphia area. More information is available at gemmaservices.org.
“We welcome Gemma Services as part of the United Lutheran Seminary family,” said Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, president of the seminary. “The vital work Gemma does with young people and their families aligns with the seminary’s mission to be a unifying, learning ,and serving faith community. We look forward to this partnership between two venerable Lutheran-related institutions and welcome Gemma and its staff to our campus.”
Representatives from the Seminary, East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) and Gemma will have an opportunity to meet and discuss this new partnership.
The Hagan Center, named for Peter P. and Elizabeth Hagan, was formerly the main administration building of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Originally built in 1847by James Gowen, with a major addition in 1974, it has been owned by the Seminary since 1886.
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