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Child Welfare League of America Honors Jordan's Furniture as Corporate Friend of Children

Jordan's Furniture to be recognized for its commitment to adoption

For more information, contact
Joyce Johnson
Phone: 804/492-4519
Cell: 703/980-7641
E-mail: jjohnson@cwla.org

February 28, 2006, Washington, DC -- Jordan's Furniture of Avon, MA, rated one of the most unusual furniture stores in the world, has been named by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as a 2006 Corporate Friend of Children. Jordan's Furniture was selected because since 1998 they have been engaged in helping children in foster care in Massachusetts find loving and permanent adoptive homes.

Shay Bilchik, CWLA's President & CEO, said, "We are very pleased to present this Corporate Friend of Children award to Jordan's Furniture. In today's business setting, Jordan's philosophy of corporate social responsibility and commitment to children is especially refreshing."
The award will be presented to Jordan's Furniture on February 28, 2006 at CWLA's 86th Anniversary Gala Dinner, to be held during CWLA's National Conference in Washington, DC. The conference annually attracts nearly 1,500 child advocates, representatives from Capitol Hill, national child-serving organizations, foster parents, and child welfare professionals from across the country. Bright House Networks of Brandon, FL will also receive a Corporate Friend of Children award. That same evening, UniSource Energy Corporation of Tucson, AZ will receive this year's Corporate Advocate of the Year award.
Nominated by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Jordan's contributions have ranged from sponsoring adoption television specials to hosting adoption parties and appreciation events for social workers. Jordan's has also been a catalyst for systemic changes in adoption in Massachusetts. A direct result of Jordan's efforts is a shift in practice in which social workers are sharing information with each other about waiting children and families across the state rather than solely in local agencies. Jordan's is credited with helping to place over 100 children with adoptive families.

"Since our partnership began with MARE in 1997, our initiatives have helped to find homes for so many wonderful children in Massachusetts," says Jordan's President and CEO Eliot Tatelman. "This successful track record keeps us going. Knowing that there are so many more children in foster care looking for permanent loving families is a great incentive for us to continue with our efforts and strengthen our partnership with the adoption and foster care community."

Criteria used by CWLA in the selection of the awardees include: personnel and management policies that promote the well-being of its employees; giving and philanthropic activities that benefit children, youth, and families outside the family; corporate products that are not harmful to children and families or their physical and cultural environment; and a sustained pattern of national, state, or local activities that benefit children, families, and the community.

About Jordan's Furniture
Jordan's Furniture Company is truly the American epitome of a family business. The feeling of family is spread throughout our organization by a remarkable group of dedicated employees who call themselves "The J-Team". This success story began in 1928 when Barry and Eliot's grandfather opened his store in Waltham, and "Jordan's Furniture" was born. With the help of Barry and Eliot's father, the store began to prosper and grow.

In 1963, Eliot became actively involved in the company, with Barry following a few years later. The winning combination of the two brothers working together pushed sales volume well beyond predictions, turning a local furniture store into a major retailer, with customers from all over New England. Jordan's has four store locations, Reading, MA, Avon, MA, Natick, MA, and Nashua, New Hampshire. In November of 1999, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. purchased Jordan's Furniture. For additional information, visit www.jordans.com.

About Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
Founded in 1957, MARE was one of the first five adoption exchanges in the United States. For more than 45 years, MARE has helped to find adoptive homes for more than 5,000 children and has received national recognition for its initiatives. MARE focuses on waiting children who are ages six and older, children of color of all ages, sibling groups, children with emotional, physical and intellectual challenges, and children who are at legal risk. For additional information, visit www.mareinc.org.


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