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History

Sister CharityWith the support of the Good Shepherd Sisters and a small state grant, Sister Charity Kohl established CORA Services in 1971 as a small family counseling agency to help children and families overcome adversities in their school, home and neighborhood. CORA served 600 children that first year—double what they expected.

Services grew rapidly as the organization secured contracts to provide psychological and counseling services in the non-public schools in 1973, with educational remediation and speech services added in 1975. Many of CORA’s hallmark programs were launched in those first two decades in response to the changing needs of the community.

During its early history, CORA Services operated out of two buildings in northeast Philadelphia owned by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. In 2003 the Sisters gifted five acres to CORA Services, and the organization built its new building which opened in 2004 housing offices, a conference center, a client service center, the Early Years Fox Chase program, and the Career Development Resource Center.

Sister Charity cared deeply about helping her community, and her vision to help “at-risk” children has grown into a non-profit agency serving almost 16,000 children and families annually.

Recent News


Coronavirus Updates and Best Practices
What families should know about CORONAVIRUS and how to address it with children.
In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, here are CORA’s policies.
Here is wishing that the entire CORA family remains safe and healthy!

COVID-19 Policies

2020 Champions for Children Virtual Event – We’ve Chosen Our Champions!
Staff, students at Philly ‘access centers’ juggle academic needs with COVID concerns
WHYY.org

By: Emily Rizzo October 23, 2020 Bellowing calls of “Mask on!” reverberate through the rooms of Vogt Recreation Center in Tacony, one of 77 Philadelphia access centers serving as a safe space… [Read More]

September is National Recovery/FASD Awareness Month

CORA Services continues to celebrate National Recovery Month, as well as bring awareness to FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) in the month of September.  Substance use treatment and mental health services are… [Read More]

CORA SERVICES ACQUIRES GOOD SHEPHERD MEDIATION PROGRAM!

One of Philadelphia’s most comprehensive Family Resource Centers expands to include mediation services for children, families and communities; creates new director of equity and inclusion position. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18, 2020 — CORA… [Read More]

FREE Early Years spots, Meet Bridge Way’s New Head of School and more!

August has arrived! As we attempt to figure out what “back to school” time will look like for us, we acknowledge that the families in our community are mulling over the same… [Read More]

FREE Tutoring, Summer Camp Photos and Programs with Availability!

    It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the summer! The CORA team continues to advocate for services and get creative in service delivery through phone, video… [Read More]

CORA has been awarded a 2020 Core Grant from the Community Design Collaborative!

CORA has been awarded a 2020 Core Grant from the Community Design Collaborative! This grant will enable CORA to have a conceptual plan created for the interior redesign of our headquarters at… [Read More]

Rob McElhenney endorses CORA on The Preston and Steve Show!

Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, one of CORA’s most famous camp alumni (that’s right – Rob was a camp counselor here at CORA), endorsed us on the Preston & Steve… [Read More]

Melody Connell, CORA’s Early Years Huntingdon Mills Director, discusses masks and safety issues with regard to young children.

Melody Connell, CORA’s Early Years Huntingdon Mills Director, discusses masks and safety issues with regard to young children. As programs in Philadelphia and across the country navigate the reopening process, see what… [Read More]

CORA receives Connelly Grant and surpasses COVID fundraising goal!

CORA receives Connelly Grant and surpasses COVID fundraising goal!   CORA is thrilled to announce that, thanks to a generous grant from the Connelly Foundation, we have exceeded our CORA vs. COVID… [Read More]

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