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From CatholicPhilly

he advocate for the homeless, named one of the “World’s Most Influential People” by Time magazine in 2009 and described in the magazine profile as the “Mother Teresa of Philadelphia,” came to Washington fully aware of who she was representing and kept them at the forefront of her mind.

Staff members and residents of Project HOME gathered to send her off Feb. 4


From CBSPhilly

Sister Mary Scullion of the Philly nonprofit Project Home is also on her way to Washington, D.C. Project Home is based in the city’s Fairmount section and its mission is to end homelessness.

Scullion was invited to the State of the Union Friday by Democratic Congressman Dwight Evans. Scullion jumped at the opportunity and hopes to send a message herself.

There is a German word, weltschmerz, which translates literally to “world-pain or world weariness.” The word is meant to describe a sensitivity to the ills of the world and the misery of human suffering, with use in German poetry around the time of the first world war.

I feel this often-- personally and professionally. One of the many rewards of working as a Behavioral Health Consultant as a licensed clinical social worker is getting to know all that it means to be human-- seeing life begin, heal, and end.


Did you know you can get your prenatal care at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center?

Prenatal Care in a Group Setting:

Project HOME, Independence Blue Cross, and AmeriHealth Caritas Launch Community Health Program in North Philadelphia

Innovative initiative to address health disparities in North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, January 24, 2020 –Project HOME, Independence Blue Cross (Independence), and AmeriHealth Caritas announce the launch of “Keystone Connection to Wellness.” This new initiative will address the significant health disparities in life expectancy and infant mortality experienced by North Philadelphia residents.

Project HOME Officially Opens STEAM Lab at Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Lab (HLCCTL)

Philadelphia, PA (January 22, 2020) - Project HOME announced the opening of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Media Arts, and Math Lab at the HLCCTL today, January 22, 2020. Now, students at the HLCCTL will be able to build circuits, learn code, print 3D objects, program robotic behaviors, explore solar energy, and much more.

NOTE: The deadline for comments on the proprosed rule has passed but you can still send a message to Congress!

The Social Security Administration recently announced that it wants to change rules for people who get disability benefits, including SSI.

Many people would be required to prove continuing disability every two years. Through this change, Social Security expects to cut $2.6 billion in benefit payments.

2020 is not only the calendar year but is also a reference to visual acuity-- the clarity of sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. This new year made me pause to reflect on how I could enhance my clarity of the vision I have for my growth, and how I could support others in enhancing their own. 

I love and appreciate the fresh start, spirit of renewal, and the literal new beginning Jan 1 brings to the calendar year. I want to mindfully recognize that this transition also brings with it often a sense of pressure, performance, grief, nostalgia, and sadness. 

Genny O'Donnell

Project HOME outreach worker Genny O’Donnell got a call on a cold December day in 1999.  A man she knew from the streets, who had been chronically homeless for over ten years, was in the hospital. He had been hit by a bus and sustained serious injuries. He didn’t remember the incident, and wasn’t clear how he had gotten there. He had no family, and Christmas was coming. After the initial visit, Genny returned a couple of days before Christmas and decorated his hospital room with a Christmas tree, as well as bringing him some treats he wanted.