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As a first-grader at Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary, Adam Welsh attended a 2017 presentation with Sister Mary Scullion. He left the event knowing that even a single dollar could have an impact in the life of someone engaged in Project HOME’s mission. Fast forward to the sprawling COVID-19 pandemic and Adam’s thoughts returned to Project HOME. “I don’t want anyone to be hungry,” said Adam, now nine-years-old. “I don’t want anyone to have to worry about getting their food when they need to focus on their health.”  

In a city where seemingly every door is closed, our doors are open.

They are open at 1515 Fairmount, the Hub of Hope, the Stephen Klein Wellness Center, and across all of Project HOME’s residences and safe havens.

But this isn’t symbolism.

Our doors are open to better serve the pressing, urgent, and very real needs of the most vulnerable among us.

Our doors are open because our work is essential.

Our doors are open because the city we call HOME is known for its fight and grit and resolve and grace.

Q: How do I sign up to be a LifeLine?

Thank you so much! Please visit www.roonga.com/projecthomegrocerylifeline to sponsor one of our residents.

Q: Is this a recurring sponsorship or one-time only?

Sponsorships fulfill a one-time ask, but residents will be added on a rolling basis to accommodate needs.

We watched as Wuhan, China was decimated by a new strain of contagious respiratory illness called the coronavirus or COVID-19. The first positive case was reported in the United States on January 21st and by early March, Philadelphia was reacting to the local impact of this virus.   

On any given day at Project HOME, our thoughts turn to those who are most vulnerable in our city. During this pandemic, that awareness increased tenfold. And that is why starting the week of March 9th, we put our plan into action.  

What do you do when you are instructed to “stay home”, but you have no home to stay in? How do you maintain community when social distancing is considered a life-saving precaution? What do you do when such life-saving precautions directly challenge the values of the community you are a part of?

Grant Blvd, a Philadelphia-based sustainable apparel brand, is helping Project HOME. They employ some of our residents, who have experienced homelessness, to create garments from reclaimed fabric. Lately they've changed their work to make face masks, and for each one sold, they're donating a mask to Project HOME.

We Need Masks

It is at times like this that we start thinking of how we can help others. But how to help someone when you’re stuck at home? We have the perfect craft project!

Right now, at Project HOME, we need masks. We have a thousand residents who need two masks each. We’re not asking you to make two thousand masks, but if you could make a few, that would be a huge help!

We recognize that our frontline medical workers need to be prioritized right now, but if you have some craft material to spare for our residents, we would be so grateful!

With so much going on related to the COVID crisis impacting people who are homeless or low-income, here are some policy and action resources we are following.

FEDERAL:

Keystone Counts 2020

Project HOME is a proud partner of Keystone Counts, a statewide nonpartisan coalition of advocacy groups, service providers, and community organizations working together to build an education and outreach effort to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 census. We want to be sure our KEYSTONE COUNTS! Project HOME is also partnering with Philly Counts 2020, the City’s effort to support the next United States Census.

Adversity, pain, suffering, and trauma can displace us from the home within ourselves— whether it be from racism, sexual- and gender-based violence, any violence for that matter, poverty, personal catastrophe, natural disaster, lack of access to basic needs, homelessness, grief, classism, chronic or acute stress, ageism, ableism, or any of the other many systems of discrimination and oppression. 

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