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2018 Project HOME Summer Service Learning Experience for High School Students

Project HOME offers rising 10th to 12th grade students a summer service opportunity focused on learning about issues of poverty and homelessness, building relationships with others involved in social change, getting to know persons who have experienced poverty and homelessness, and engaging in service with Project HOME and other agencies fighting poverty, hunger and homelessness in Philadelphia.  This experience is designed to deepen students’ desire to be of service, understanding of Project HOME’s mission, insight on the issues of poverty and homelessness and the systems that impact these

Yesterday, at our weekly Inspirational Meeting, members of the Project HOME community gathered to honor Black History Month. Lisa Armstrong, one of our residential Program Managers, and Cassie Anderson, a resident at 1515 Fairmount Avenue, led the program, which featured Lisa’s reflections and a reading of poetry by Maya Angelou.

We are still in a struggle to amply our voices to reshape our narrative – and reshaping is required.  We should think twice about the story we tell ourselves and the story others tell about us. 

While experiencing homelessness, Brian used to strum his guitar in the streets for some change. Now a manager at Meg Saligman Studios, Brian shares his journey of transformation and the impact of the opportunities Project HOME has afforded.

The December 6 Groundbreaking for the future Gloria Casarez Residence. (Photo by Shira Yudkoff)

The following article is featured in the Fall 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.  You can read the whole newsletter online.  If you want to subscribe, click here.

Owen Riordan is the Program Manager at Connelly House. (Photo by Michael Gainer)

The following article is featured in the Fall 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.  You can read the whole newsletter online.  If you want to subscribe, click here.

"When you stick around positive people, you start being positive" - Dean, a Project HOME Alumni shares what has kept him positive and productive while at Project HOME. See the rest of the clip to catch his full story.

Antoinette Richardson performs an original poem with musical accompaniment at the Curtis Institute of Music in April 2017. (Photo by Project HOME)

In celebration of Black History Month, we share this poem by Antoinette Richardson is a resident of Project HOME’s Kate’s Place residence in Center City Philadelphia.  

My ancestors, in chains,
Broken by those who claim they’re superior.
Slave ships holding our brothers in pain.
Now can we see their hard exterior?

We recently completed production of our inspiring new video, Coming HOME, and we hope it conveys our shared conviction that Philadelphia can be the first major city to end chronic street homelessness and that it serves as a source of inspiration for you. Happy watching!

Women of Change is a safe haven residence for women located at 20th and Arch Streets. (Photo by Project HOME)

Eileen McGovern first visited Project HOME’s Women of Change Safe Haven in 2015 with a group of Mercy Associates.  She currently serves as a receptionist there. 

Project HOME community members (left to right) Lori Lacher, Carol Thomas, Chris Williams, and Sister Mary Scullion with Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana (center).

Chris Williams, who lives at our Connelly House residence, joined other members of the Project HOME community in a trip to Rome last December for an international symposium , the Institute for Global Homelessness on Street Homelessness and Catholic Social Teaching.  Chris travelled along with Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion, Director of Residential Services Carol Thomas, and Board of Trustee member Lori Lasher.  Chris participated in a panel discussion, sharing his experiences and reflections.  Here, Chris shares his reflections on the trip.