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Our newest social enterprise venture, Project HOME Books, is up and running again after COVID-19. We have already sold thousands of books, providing work for some of our residents.

But we need more books! So we made this helpful web comic to show you how easy it is to collect books in your neighborhood, church, or office and donate them to support jobs for people who have experienced homelessness. And it’s also fun, so take a look and email Nic with any questions.

Quote from Yisha

As a witness to our community around me, both locally and afar, I am moved by the recent happenings that have stemmed from all the restlessness, frustration and anger people have been feeling in regard to the accumulation of living within this pandemic, the killings of Black men and women by police, and the plight of our Black and Brown trans people and the LGBTQI community.

Sister Mary's Roots and Branches

A formative part of my education as a young person, both at St. Joseph’s University and in my early years as a member of the Sisters of Mercy, was understanding the vital connection between compassion for persons who are hurting and the need to respond to social and systemic injustice that are at the root of much of that suffering. 

Project HOME offers rising 9th to 12th grade students a virtual summer service opportunity focused on learning about issues of poverty and homelessness and building relationships with others involved in social change.  

Though the impacts of COVID-19 can change the nature and form of our work, it cannot stop it; as the great John Lewis once said, “Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society." 


Maguire Residence provides affordable housing in the heart of Kensington at the epicenter of Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Project HOME continues its efforts to end homelessness by creating recovery housing coupled with services for people impacted by the opioid epidemic. By creating safe, recovery-orientated housing right in the epicenter of the crisis, Kensington, Project HOME will empower adults to break the cycle of chronic homelessness while addressing the impact of addiction.

Welcome back HOME!  

HOME Spun is now open for customers, with safety measures in place. 

We have been shuttered since Philadelphia’s mandatory closure of non-essential businesses. Now that the order has been lifted, your favorite boutique is open for business at 1523 Fairmount Avenue. 

We are proud to release our 2020-2023 strategic report titled "The Power of We". This new plan outlines the steps we will take over the next few years to advance our mission to end chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia, and was the result of conversations with over 300 staff, residents, and community participants. We are so grateful to our beloved community for providing the feedback and vision that generated this strategic plan.

Through those conversations, we identified 10 areas essential to the success of our work:

Community & Resident Voices

In this edition of our print newsletter we asked members of our Beloved Community to share their thoughts on the fight for racial justice. Below are a few of their reflections.

“My whiteness gives me a tendency to take up airtime. I’ve forced myself to ask for feedback; to check in even when it was awkward; and to always assume power/race dynamics are in play.” – Dee Dee 

Happy PRIDE month everyone! What a year these last six months have been. 2020 is pushing and pulling us in many directions. We’re facing a global pandemic while witnessing the largest social justice movement of the last half-century. Gross systemic inequities against Black Americans have been laid bare. To some, these historic and ongoing injustices have been a shock; to many others, they have been a lifelong reality.  

Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

This year, this annual celebration of freedom is set in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and Black transman Tony McDade at the hands of police, the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Black transwomen Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Wilson, and the national spotlight on racial injustice.