Talking to Children About Tragedies

Gemma is dedicated to providing mental health and education for children and families. As such, we are extremely sensitive to the fear, sadness, and anxiety caused by events like yesterday’s shooting. You can find some helpful resources for talking to children and teens about such events below. How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings […]

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An Announcement | March 2022

March 10, 2022 Dear Friends, I am pleased to share with you that Gemma Services has accepted an offer from The Haverford School’s Board of Trustees to purchase Gemma’s property on South Roberts Road in Radnor Township. While we hope and expect the sale to go through, we do not anticipate the transaction to be […]

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Urgent Mental Health Resources

If you are a current client or parent in need of non-emergency assistance, please contact the staff member or program with whom you usually work. General phone numbers for our programs and locations are listed here. For new visitors to this site, if you or a family member is in crisis, below are a few […]

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Resources for Children and Families

Parenting Workshop through Gemma’s Family Empowerment Center~ Click for Info Resources to Assist Children and Families During this difficult time for children and families, we want to provide as much support to you as possible. Toward that end, this page lists resources for various supports in the Philadelphia region. Stay Informed Public health resources related […]

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Message from our CEO

Dear friend, Every year Spring brings a sense of renewal, and it always reminds me of the cycle of growth we see each day at Gemma. This growth is apparent in the transformative impact of Martin Luther School’s educational program and through the powerful healing children experience through Outpatient therapy, in our Residential Treatment Program, […]

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A Chefs Thank You!

We are grateful to the many generous organizations, businesses, and individuals who have contributed to the auctions that will be held during our upcoming Chefs for Gemma benefit dinner on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Thank you for your support of the vulnerable children, youth, and families we serve! Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University […]

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Reflections from Our Staff

We recently asked some of our dedicated team members to share reflections on what they find most rewarding about their job working with at-risk youth and families. We share a some of their inspiring answers here. A Mental Health Professional in our Family Based Mental Health Services program stated: “The favorite part of my job […]

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Impact of Our Holiday Program

Each year, Gemma launches a holiday appeal for donations of gifts and funds to help us ensure that the holidays are bright for the vulnerable youth and families we serve. We are honored that this year, many of you answered this call! We received countless donations of toys, books, gift cards and more, as well […]

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Chefs for Gemma Coming Up on May 14, 2022!

The 14th annual Chefs for Gemma benefit is coming up on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 6pm (VIP begins at 5pm)! Chefs for Gemma is the signature event benefitting Gemma Services and its programs that make hope shine for at-risk youth and families. Chefs will be held at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill and […]

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Autism-Related Books and Movies

Please see below for a list of books and movies that have an autism connection. this was compiled by the Clinical Director of Gemma’s Applied Behavioral Analysis program (ABA). Books Kids/Educational: My Brother Charlie / Holly Robinson Peete Nathan’s Autism Spectrum Superpowers / Lori Leigh Yarborough Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book / Celeste […]

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Gemma’s Commitment to Antiracism

Our hearts are heavy in the wake of ongoing violence against people of color. Gemma is committed to working together as an organization to help shine a light on the plight of groups marginalized in our community and country. This commitment aligns with our core beliefs and long history of working toward a bright future for all people in our communities who […]

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Sharing Important News

Dear Friend, Today we share some significant news from Gemma Services (formerly theVillage and Silver Springs – Martin Luther School). At the October 22, 2020 meeting of Gemma’s Board of Directors, the Board voted unanimously to cease all operations of the Rosemont Residential Program, which includes the Gemma School. Additionally, we will be seeking an […]

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Bring Holiday Joy to Gemma’s Children and Teens!

With your help, we strive to ensure they know they do matter and they are loved – at Christmastime and throughout the year. With your generosity, we will once again make sure the holidays are right and filled with joyful memories for the deserving youth in our care, and for their families, too! If you […]

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Martin Luther School Reopening Announcement

Dear Martin Luther School Family, With deep respect and consideration for our students, staff, and families, Martin Luther School will begin the year virtually. We made this decision based on the complex issues of the COVID pandemic, knowing that the school community would be affected tremendously. More than anything, we want to return to the […]

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Welcome to Our New Website!

We are pleased to welcome you to our new website! As you may know, Gemma Services was formed in November 2019 by the merger of two long-standing nonprofit organizations: Silver Springs – Martin Luther School and theVillage. Together, we represent more than 300 years of uninterrupted service to vulnerable children and families in the Philadelphia […]

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Message from Our President & CEO

Dear friends, What a challenging time these past few months have been. As my father has said to my children during this time, we are living through important history. I have been experiencing a range of emotions during these recent months, as I’m sure you all have. Our hearts are heavy with the deaths of […]

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How You Can Help Gemma During the COVID-19 Crisis

To our friends, Like you, we are very concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our communities. On top of our minds are the effects of the pandemic on the children and families we serve who need our support now more than ever, and the effects on our dedicated team who continue to work tirelessly […]

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Program Updates During the COVID-19 Crisis

7/14/2020 – At Gemma Services, our primary concern is the health and well-being of the children and families we serve, as well as of our talented and dedicated team. Due to COVID-19 precautions that have been implemented for Pennsylvania, and in alignment with best-practice guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

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Message about Gemma Services’ Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

3/15/2020 Dear Friends, During this time of uncertainty and growing concern over the COVID-19 outbreak, we at Gemma Services have been closely monitoring reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As we navigate this unprecedented situation, our goals are to continue to serve the children, youth, […]

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Introducing Gemma Services!

In spring 2019, 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. The merger enables our previously-separate organizations to continue their vital work […]

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A United Team Serving Children and Families in the Philadelphia Region

We are pleased to announce that on June 25, 2019, 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, families and communities in the Philadelphia region. The decision to merge was made with […]

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Chefs 2019, featuring Chef Nicholas Elmi, a Great Success!

Thank you to all who made the 12th annual Chefs for Silver Springs benefit dinner on November 8th at Green Valley Country Club a great success! More than 400 guests attended the evening which was kicked off by our engaging MC, 6ABC’s Nydia Han, and included a delicious meal designed and presented by the talented Chef Nick […]

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