Let's See If We Can Help, Inc.
P.O. Box 8462 Philadelphia, PA. 19101 215-665-8285
Looking for a project to volunteer for on MLK Day? Once again, please join "Let's See If We Can Help, Inc." as we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this special day, Monday January 19, 2015. We will be conducting two projects. The first will be to assist in basic cleanup and maintenance at the studios of the prestigious Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), 9 North Preston St. Phila., PA 19104, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Light lunch will be provided.
Our second project running concurrently will be a 'Tangled Deed and Estate Planning Workshop' held at Girard College Campus, 2101 South College Ave., Phila., PA 19121. Our station will be manned from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and the workshop will take place on the premises from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. We need volunteers to talk to attendees and distribute handouts to get them to attend the workshop or disseminate information about the organization.
To volunteer for either project or for more information, please call or register on line at 'MLKDAYOFSERVICE.ORG'
Iris Henry-Aiken -Founder/ President
Iris M Henry, CFEI - a longtime resident of Philadelphia is founder and president of ‘Let’s See If We Can Help, Inc’ where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations and facilitating 'Tangled Deed, Property Rights and Estate Planning' workshops within the City of Philadelphia. She has been owner of several businesses including most recently, ‘The Best Casino Party Rental Co.’ (2010-2017) and currently ‘Financial Literacy Basics Co., where she serves as a Certified Financial Education Instructor. She has been retired from active involvement in the financial services field with Vanguard Brokerage Services since 2012 and has since devoted herself full time to ‘Let’s See If We Can Help, Inc.’ In addition to her position as a Registered Representative with Vanguard Brokerage Services for over 16 years, she served as a 2008 Loaned Executive with United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania where she honed her skills needed to operate a successful non-profit organization. She attended Marygrove College in Detroit Michigan and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, majoring in Business Administration. Over the years she has been a member of numerous organizations and volunteer opportunities such as The National Association of Market Developers, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Urban Financial Services Coalition, Big Sisters of Philadelphia and Junior Achievement. She has journeyed solo to more than 35 countries across the globe. She is committed to bringing education, information and financial literacy to communities in need and serves as an instructor, coach and financial education curriculum writer for 'Transformation to Recovery' non profit center in Philadelphia. Through her merger of experience, education, exposure and expertise, she brings with her unparalleled motivation, desire and commitment to the causes which ‘Let’s See If We Can Help, Inc.’ is concerned and committed.
The Masters at work.
Ms. Traci Hall &
Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey
Choreographer Extraordinaire of Philadanco & University of the Arts...Ms. Kim Bears-/bailey
MLK Day of Service Projects
Let’s See If We Can Help, Inc.
Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia 2012
November 4, 2012
The Commodore Barry Club
6815 Emlen St.
Proceeds to benefit ‘Let’s See If We Can Help, Inc.’ an organization focused on addressing legal issues related to tangled deeds and spousal rights.
Join us for a beautiful evening of dinner and dancing as ‘Let’s See If We Can Help, Inc.’ presents its fourth annual ‘Dancing with the Stars’ of Philadelphia fund raiser. Dance instruction courtesy of students from the prestigious, world re-known University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Philadanco and presented by producer/director Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey. Delight as contestants glide across the ballroom floor performing the Tango, Salsa, Meringa, Cha-Cha and Ballroom. Picture yourself as a dancing star.
Tickets $45.00 For tickets and information contact ‘Let’s See If we Can Help, Inc. ‘ 1-215-665-8285
Let's See If We Can Help, Inc. P.O. Box 8462 Philadelphia, PA. 19101 215-665-8285 www.letsseeifwecanhelp.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Contestants Bianca Fabre' & James T Brooks IV
MLK Day of Service 2009
The Philadelphia Clef Club
MLK Day of Service 2012
NE Phila Home Maintenance Project
MLK Day of Service 2011
West Phila Church Cleaning Project
MLK Day of Service 2010
West Philadelphia office of Global Citizen
to Ms. Diane Gaines of Northeast Philadelphia our MLK Annual Day of Service 2013 recipient. Ms. Gaines was surprised with a home makeover. She was expecting only a half day of volunteer painting on her first floor. She received four days of labor and was stunned when we topped it off with furniture and carpet.
Homeowner, Ms. Diane Gaines
Andre' Carter and Gary Joe of Gary Contractiing LLC
Winners of sailing on private outing on AJ Meerwald Schooner
More winners of sailing on AJ Meerwald Schooner
Board members Bonnie Johns, Iris Henry-Aiken and workshop panelist Geraldine Savoy enjoying the sailing on the AJ Meerwald Schooner
Some of the winners of an outing on the A.J. Meerwald Schooner as part of the 2013 'Get Ready to Set Sail' program sponsored by 'Let's See If We Can Help, Inc.' and held at the Philadelphia Seaport Museum
Iris Henry, Diane Gaines, Garry Joe
Andre' Carter, Diane Gaines, Gary Joe
MLK Day of Service 2013 Project
We want to thank our sponsors and donors for joining us for a very successful 'MLK Annual Day of Service 2013' project. This year our project recipient was Ms. Diane Gaines of Northeast Philadelphia who received an extensive home makeover which included new carpet, new furniture, home repairs and full paint for most of the home. We thank Gary Contracting LLC who generously donated several days of he and his worker's time to complete the project. We also extend a special thank you to our donors, Shoprite Supermarket and Wegman's Supermarket for always being there to support us by providing generous donations of food and drink for our volunteers during our projects and workshops. See more before and after photos of this year's home makeover on our "Newsletter" page or visit http://www.garycontracting.com/Free_Home_Make_Over.php
Congratulations to First Place Winners of
Dancing With The Stars of Philadelphia 2014
First place winners Dexter Carter & Chi Chi Enigwe
Let's See If We Can Help, Inc. workshop panelists and board members
Left to Right: Linda Townsel, Olivia Stoner, Geraldine Savoy, Deborah Stephens, Iris Henry, Vincenteen Miller-Parks & Bonnie Johns
First, second and third place winners,left to right
Gerard Minaya, Shelly Harris, Chi Chi Enigwe, Dexter Carter,
Cheryl Cannon Bundy & William Bridges
Contestants Weller Thomas & Camille Moten
Contestants Renee Gibson & Dexter Carter
Contestants Pam Thomas & Joshua Quesada
Contestants Joshua Quesada & Pat Harrell
Showcase dancers Kelsey Holley & Jermaine Turnbow
Contestants Chi Chi Enigwe & Dexter Carter
Showcase dance featuring Camille Moten
Contestants William Bridges & Cheryl Cannon Bundy
Contestants Shelly Harris & Gerard Minaya
Angel Sanchez, Jenice Armstrong & Howard Tucker
Hostess Michelle Cunningham & Host Kenny Pitt
Contestant Cheryl Cannon Bundy
Judges: Manwell Glenn, Michelle Cunningham & Otis Lee Clark
Producer, Director, Choreographer Ms. Kim Bears-Bailey & hostess Jenice Armstrong
Congratulations to all of our
"Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia 2015" winners
Hosts Howard Tucker & Jenice Armstrong
Contestants Adrienne Hudson & William Isaac Bridges
Contestants Rachel Byers & William T Grazier III
Contestants Adrienne Wallace Holmes & John Datus, Jr.
Contestants Mian White & Ernest Diggs
Contestants Jordyn Postell & Tyrone Chavis
Contestants Donna McIntosh & William Isaac Bridges
Group dance including Tiffany Calloway, Andreana Miller, Deborah Stephens & Olivia Stoner
Contestants Kaila Garretson & Jerome Roberts
Camille Moten and the Ladies in Red
Let's See If We Can Help, Inc. workshop panelists and board members, left to right:Vincenteen Miller-Parks Linda Townsel, Olivia Stoner, Deborah Stephens, Bonnie Johns & Iris Henry
Congratulations to all of the winners and participants in our
Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia
Shabrei Parker-Esquire Volunteer panel attorney for Let's See If We Can Help
Shabrei Parker is Of Counsel at Mincey & Fitzpatrick LLC, where she practices civil, family and estate litigation. Prior to joining Mincey & Fitzpatrick, Ms. Parker served as a judicial law clerk in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and as an associate at the Winston Law Firm.
Ms. Parker is actively involved in the legal community. Ms. Parker is an adjunct professor and a frequent volunteer presenter at her alma mater, Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Ms. Parker serves on the Board of the Support Center for Child Advocates, is a Past President of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, serves on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law and Probate Sections, and as a volunteer attorney with Philadelphia VIP.
Ms. Parker was recognized as a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016 and 2017, a Lawyer on the Fast Track by the Legal Intelligencer, ranked in the Top 10 Family Attorneys in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, and recognized as one of Philadelphia's Most Influential African-Americans by the Philadelphia Tribune.
Ms. Parker received an LL. M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, and a Juris Doctor from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Parker earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Psychology from Millersville University. Beyond the legal community, Ms. Parker is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and remains actively engaged in the community at large.
Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC
1500 JFK Blvd. Ste. 1525
Phila, PA 19102
Olivia H. Stoner-Esquire Volunteer panel attorney for Let's See If We Can Help
Ms. Stoner is a sole practitioner specializing in estate planning, probate and estate administration. Ms.Stoner assists clients in planning for the needs of their families by developing estate plans that take advantage of tax efficient strategies for their transfer of wealth. Ms. Stoner has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Wilberforce University, a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Antioch College, a Law Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, a Certified Financial Planner designation from the College of Financial Planning, an Advanced Administration of Estates and Trust Certification from the ABA National Trust School and Cannon Financial Institute, along with an Estate Practice Series Certificate from the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Ms. Stoner can be reached at:
2112 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 557- 0097
Fax: (215) 557- 0027
After nearly losing her home to fraud, she helps others hang onto theirs
| Jenice Armstrong
Updated: April 19, 2019 - 9:44 AM
Back in 2008, Iris Henry was training brokers for the Vanguard Group in Malvern and living in a Mount Airy twin.
The house had belonged to her pastor husband when she married him 17 years earlier, but Henry had made it her own, redoing the floors, adding new windows, sprucing up the bathroom, and installing fresh landscaping.
She and her husband had a traditional arrangement in which he paid the bills. At first she was OK with that. But then, her husband, who also owned a barbershop, fell gravely ill and slipped into a coma. As he recuperated, she began going through his paperwork. To her surprise, she discovered that he was behind on many of his accounts. So Henry took over and began paying everything off.Their situation got weird, though, after she learned that he had given power of attorney over his finances to another family member. It understandably became a big point of contention between husband and wife, and Henry began to suspect that something more sinister might be afoot.
After much back and forth, her husband finally relented and put Henry in charge of his finances. But their drama was far from over. I’ll spare you from some of it, but the important thing to know is that in the midst of some of this, Henry’s spidey sense went off.
"I went downtown for something else. I don’t remember what it was. While I was down there, something kept telling me, ‘Look at the deed, Iris,’” Henry recalled this week. “Because I was right there by City Hall, I went and looked at the deed.”Her name had been removed.
“I went into a panic,” Henry recalled. “I was so angry and upset.”
She immediately got to work, getting her name added to the deed. Henry was able to complete the transaction just in time. Her husband died shortly afterward. As she grieved, Henry thought about everything that had happened and began sharing her experience with others.
“I found other people in similar situations shortly afterwards who had married someone who had a property,” she told me. “The person had kids, and when the person passed away, the kids came around and kicked the person out.”
Henry created Let’s See if We Can Help to help locals untangle deeds to properties and also assist with estate planning. The nonprofit hosts free workshops at various churches and libraries around the city, and literally takes estate attorneys and city officials to those in need. They help people with all kinds of problems, including those who think they might own a particular property but don’t.“Everybody will say, ‘I own the house,’ but it was never changed from maybe the grandmother’s name,” Henry said. “It’s like, ‘Oh, my mother left me the house.’ No, the mother really didn’t leave you the house. … The house was never in her name so she could leave it. And then the family’s fighting over it.”
This happens more than people realize, particularly in neighborhoods where multiple generations inhabit the same residence.
I met Henry in 2012 when I was struggling with a complicated estate issue of my own. It was a beloved family property with five heirs and differing opinions as to its fate.
We became friendly, and several years ago, she asked me to participate in her annual fundraiser, “Dancing With the Stars," at the Commodore Barry Club ballroom. Since I’m not much of a dancer, I serve as a judge or mistress of ceremonies. I do it gladly. I also contributed $100 to her GoFundMe campaign.
Because what happened to Henry could happen to anyone.The next Let’s See if We Can Help seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 5600 Girard Ave. The session is free and open to the public. For more information, call 215-665-8285.
by Jenice Armstrong
Posted: April 19, 2019 - 9:44 AM
Jenice Armstrong | @JeniceArmstrong | email@example.com
Reprint from The
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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