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Be a Grocery LifeLine for our Residents 

One of the ways you can help many of our folks who are at extreme risk right now, is through our new Project HOME Grocery LifeLine program. We are collaborating with Roonga to ensure our vulnerable residents have the essentials. You can help by signing up to become a Grocery LifeLine. This is also an opportunity to build community and to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable among us. We hope you will join us. It can be done in four simple steps: 

Usually I Am Project HOME is dedicated to a single Project HOME employee who displays what it means to embody the mission of Project HOME. During COVID-19, so many of our employees have gone above and beyond. That is why, in this special issue of our newsletter, we’re recognizing our mission, and how every single Project HOME staff member has continued to carry it out despite many obstacles. It is also why we’re calling it You Are Project HOME.  

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.