A Statement from The Second Mile - 3.15.2013
The Second Mile submits a revised Petition requesting Transfer of Assets and Programs
State College, PA – March 15th, 2013 – The Second Mile (TSM), a 35-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential has requested that the Court approve the transfer of $200,000 to Arrow Child & Family Ministries, a child welfare charity with operations in Pennsylvania, as a way to ensure the continuation of The Second Mile's mentoring programs. "Our goal has been to ensure that the at-risk children who benefit from The Second Mile programs continue to receive the support they need while also being mindful of Jerry Sandusky's victims and the horrible abuse they suffered," CEO David Woodle said today.
"We look forward to welcoming the children and their families to Arrow. Since the beginning of this tragedy over a year ago, our desire has been to be a part of the healing process. We are thankful to all of those who made this new beginning possible," said Mark Tennant, a Pennsylvania native who is founder and CEO of Arrow Child & Family Ministries. Tennant himself was a victim of child sexual abuse and was removed from his home and raised in foster care. Arrow Child & Family Ministries is a leader in serving children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect by providing foster care and adoption services and programs for families in crisis. Arrow operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, California and Honduras. The funds transferred will be used to support programs in Pennsylvania.
Woodle also noted that the submission of the Petition has no impact on the various external investigations by authorities. "We are continuing to cooperate fully with any external investigations," Woodle stated. In addition, Woodle said that, except for ordinary business expenses, The Second Mile will invest remaining funds subject to resolving any claims by victims of Jerry Sandusky. After all of the claims have been resolved, Woodle expects to file another Petition with the Court.
A Statement from The Second Mile - 8.27.2012
The Second Mile to request stay of proceeding on
requesting Transfer of Assets and Programs
State College, PA – August 27th, 2012 - The Second Mile (TSM), a 35-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential, in agreement with the Attorney General and certain of the victims of Jerry Sandusky's abuse, has requested that the Court stay its Petition for Distribution of Assets previously filed by The Second Mile with the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County – Orphans' Court Division, CEO David Woodle said today. In the Petition, The Second Mile had requested the transfer of certain programs and assets to Arrow Child & Family Ministries, a Texas-based child welfare charity with operations in Pennsylvania, as a way to ensure the continuation of The Second Mile's summer camps and mentoring programs. Although those victims had objected to the Petition, and requested that any ruling be delayed until their claims were resolved, they recognized the value of the programs and acknowledged that "TSM has undoubtedly helped children."
"Our goal is to ensure that the at-risk children who benefit from The Second Mile programs continue to receive the support they need while also being mindful of Jerry Sandusky's victims and the horrible abuse they suffered. Both The Second Mile and Arrow feel that staying the Petition at this time will better serve all involved as it limits further stress on the victims and avoids unnecessary litigation costs," Woodle said. He added that The Second Mile has reserved the right to request that the Court consider the Petition if circumstances change and the transfer of the programs is needed for their continuation.
Subject to future developments and operations, this action will allow any pending or future claims filed by Jerry Sandusky's victims to be resolved before key programs or assets are considered for transfer. According to Woodle, The Second Mile hopes to continue to operate the programs during this period. He noted that the recently completed Challenge Summer Camps were attended by approximately 300 children and the Friend mentoring program is scheduled to start this fall in partnership with several local college campuses.
"Since the beginning of this tragedy, my objective has been to be a part of the healing process and given the circumstances, I believe this action is an important step toward that goal," said Mark Tennant, a Pennsylvania native who is founder and CEO of Arrow Child & Family Ministries. Tennant himself was a victim of child sexual abuse and was removed from his home and raised in foster care. "Arrow is deeply committed to helping children and families in central Pennsylvania and we will continue to serve the community by providing foster care, adoption services, and programs to restore families in crisis," he added. Arrow Child & Family Ministries is a leader in serving children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. Arrow operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, California and Honduras.
Woodle also noted that the request to stay the Petition has no impact on the various external investigations by authorities. "The external investigations are on-going and we are continuing to cooperate fully," Woodle stated.
A Statement from The Second Mile - 5.25.2012
The Second Mile to Transfer Assets and Programs To Existing Charity
Arrow Child & Family Ministries, a Houston-based nonprofit with operations in Pennsylvania,
To Operate The Second Mile Programs if Plan is Approved by Orphans' Court
State College, Pa. – May 25, 2012 – The Second Mile, a 35-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping young people reach their full potential, has requested court approval to transfer its programs to Arrow Child & Family Ministries, interim CEO David Woodle said today.
This action, if approved by the court, means that Arrow will continue a number of programs to help at-risk youth and their families, including mentoring programs, an institute to promote leadership skills, support for foster families and a camp program aimed at teaching life skills. Over the past several months, representatives of The Second Mile, based in State College, have been in discussions with parents, school partners and donors to determine what steps should be taken after criminal charges were announced against founder Gerald Sandusky. The board learned that there is overwhelming support for the programs, but that there would not be adequate support, including financial, from donors, volunteers and referring social service agencies to continue The Second Mile as its own entity.
"The Second Mile has made a positive difference in many peoples' lives, and we are very pleased that Arrow will continue this good work," Woodle said. "Arrow's mission is consistent with the goals and objectives of The Second Mile's programs. While we are sad that The Second Mile will not continue running programs, we are heartened that the important work of helping children – and their families – reach their full potential will go on."
Under this proposal, approximately $2 million in current cash assets will be transferred to Houston-based Arrow to fund programs in Pennsylvania for about one and half to two years, Woodle said. Additionally, an on-going program Endowment and some program related non-cash assets will be transferred. On May 25, attorneys for The Second Mile submitted a petition in the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County, Orphans' Court Division, outlining the proposed transfer of programs and dissolution of The Second Mile. Court approval could take several months.
After this transfer of assets and programs, The Second Mile will continue as a legal entity and will continue to cooperate fully with any investigations. In addition, The Second Mile is now in the process of selling property. After that sale is completed, The Second Mile will prepare a Petition to the Court proposing a final disposition of the remaining assets, Woodle said.
While this process to sell the assets continues, the programs run by The Second Mile are continuing as planned, including the summer Challenge Camps and Foster family support programs. This spring, a successful Leadership Institute and Friend programs were sponsored, which supported hundreds of children in the area with key skills-building activities.
The plans for the transition and associated petition were provided in advance to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General for full review, and The Second Mile fully cooperated with the Charitable Trusts and Organizations section.
"As we undertake this next step, as always, our primary concern is with the children we serve and all those affected by these events," Woodle said.
The Second Mile's directors selected Arrow Child & Family Ministries as the future owner of its programs after an exhaustive search that included talks with more than 15 organizations. Woodle said Arrow's background in dealing with children and families in crisis and its current presence in Pennsylvania situated Arrow as the best equipped partner to continue the good work started by The Second Mile.
"Our priority is to ensure children continue to be served by these programs," said Mark Tennant, founder and CEO of Arrow Child & Family Ministries. "We were shocked and saddened by the events that led us here, but we are committed to the future of these children and their families and look forward to building on the outstanding work done by so many individuals who have been a part of The Second Mile over the years."
Mr. Tennant was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He was physically and sexually abused as a child and removed from his home, and he spent years in the foster care system until being placed in the loving home of a Bedford, Pa., family as a teenager. It was there his life turned around.
Arrow Child & Family Ministries is a Christian organization that is a leader in serving children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. The organization helps abused and neglected children achieve their greatest potential through treatment foster care, adoption services and an array of preventative services for families at risk. Arrow also operates emergency shelters and residential treatment facilities for children and youth, assessment centers, and special education schools. Arrow recently opened the first long-term comprehensive care facility for underage victims of child sex trafficking in Texas.
Arrow operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, California and Honduras. Since its formation in 1992, Arrow has served approximately 40,000 children and families.