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It all started on the streets.  Even when we had scarce resources to offer, the trusting relationships we formed with those men and women, many of whom had logged ten or more years on the streets, were the seeds of transformation.  They gave us hope and energy to truly believe that chronic homelessness could be solved.

They walk three abreast, one in a police uniform, another in a white Center City District (CCD) shirt with a purple hat, and a third wearing an orange vest with the words ‘Homeless Outreach’ on the back. Known as Ambassadors of Hope, this trio is pounding the pavement daily, stopping to talk to people they see experiencing homelessness, and bringing hope to each person they meet. “The thinking is that we can have a consistent presence in places where folks might spend their day,” explains Madelaine Guss, program manager for Project HOME’s Ambassadors of Hope.

Spirit of Generosity: SEPTA

Of the ten largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia ranks first in poverty and deep poverty. Like all major cities, Philadelphia lacks enough affordable housing and thousands have been impacted by the opioid crisis. Many struggling with homelessness and addiction increasingly seek shelter in SEPTA’s stations and terminals when they feel they have nowhere else to go. 

I am Project HOME: Sam Santiago

When Sam Santiago starts his day, he is prepared to expect the unexpected. Maybe it’s picking up a birthday cake for someone he’s recently met on an outreach call, or perhaps he’s pulling over to help someone in need on his way to work. Whatever he encounters, it’s all in a day’s work for Project HOME’s veteran outreach worker.

From the Archives: Taking It to the Streets

Jerome lives on the grates east of Broad Street in Center City, Philadelphia. A Vietnam veteran who has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Jerome (not his real name) is mired in ten-years of cocaine addiction. On top of that, he has contracted AIDS.Jerome is a familiar figure to Project HOME’s outreach workers. On a regular basis they check on how he is doing and ask if he is willing and able to take a placement for the night or begin some long-term rehabilitation program. And on a regular basis, Jerome is resistant, apprehensive to seek shelter.

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"Experiencing Gratitude while Living with Chronic Illness"

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From the hearing of the Special Committee on Poverty Prevention and Reduction held Thursday, October 10, 2019.

On October 10, 2019, Sister Mary Scullion appeared before City Council's Special Committee on Poverty Reduction and Prevention. Below are her prepared remarks.

Being noticed, recognized, and validated is so close to being loved that sometimes they can feel the same. We’re hardwired for connection and belonging. We’re hardwired for community. 

Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC) is not just a doctor’s office, but a safe haven for community and connection, which are the foundations of empowerment. 

One community within SKWC is a group called “Healthy Hearts Philadelphia,” an initiative aimed at reducing risk for cardiovascular disease through a series of guest educators. 

Once a month, members of our community gather for what we call our Recovery Cafés.  These are not formal or structured meetings, but a time for sharing stories and supporting each other. For an hour, it is a space where people are free to be vulnerable, without judgment, and where much hard-earned healing wisdom is given.

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