HOME Word Blog

Aisha Boyd, Project HOME’s Employment Specialist, wrote these reflections following the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

 

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Property Acquired for Planned Residence at 1315 N. 8th St.

We are pleased to announce that, after a long journey, Project HOME purchased the property at 1315 N. 8th Street for two planned residences for formerly homeless individuals. It was a complicated process that was unforeseen, and a positive outcome did not often seem possible. Over nearly 30 years, Project HOME has witnessed the evidence of what the “Power of We” can accomplish and, once again, we are overwhelmed at what so many have made possible.

Margie Winters coordinates Project HOME's Summer Service Program.

 

Imagine 50 high school students spending part of their summer immersing themselves in the Project HOME community!  They played bingo with Project HOME residents, painted a mural at Ray Homes’ community garden, prepared flower beds at Sanctuary Farm, served lunch at Project HOME sites, packaged food at MANNA, read to children at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, and rolled ribbons of struggles for an art installation at Project HOME’s newest building at 2415 North Broad. 

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Project HOME community is responding by making a donation to organizations in Texas who work with persons experiencing homelessness, who were hit especially hard.  We hold all the people of Texas in our hearts and prayers, and we are enormously grateful for the tremendous outpouring of generosity we have witnessed.

S. Regina Burrichter teaches adult literacy at Project HOME’s Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs.

 

I looked at the cover of the book:  One Fat Summer.  Probably a light story of summertime teen-age romances, thought I, the teacher and tutor of Eric Darnell Bordley. 

Arthur Cohen is a resident at Project HOME’s Kate’s Place.  He read one of his poems, with musical accompaniment, at a special event at the Curtis Institute last April, highlighting musical and artistic collaboration between Curtis students and Project HOME residents.  He has written hundreds of poems, specializing in the sonnet form.  Inspired by the partnership with Curtis, he intends to develop other poems in songs.

Here is a sampling of his work, three of his sonnets.

 

 

This oip-ed by Sister Mary Scullion was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer September 26, 2016, to mark the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

Project HOME recently held a very special graduation celebration at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs for the high school graduates and alumni of the College Access Program (CAP).

This year, 12 students received their high school diplomas with 10 graduates moving directly on to post-secondary education in the fall.

We recently said farewell to and celebrated a beloved long-time staff member, Rudy Mackey, who moved on to a well-earned retirement after many years of service.  Rudy first joined the Project HOME staff in 1998.  For most of his time with us, he was our Addictions Counsellor.  In that role, he provided loving and strong support to hundreds of residents in their recovery.  One of our current residents, Frank Bradley, who lives at our Connelly House residence, expressed his gratitude to Rudy in this message:

Mr Rudy,

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