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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. 

Yaya  in front of HOME Spun Resale Boutique

When Yishya, “Yaya”, took a job at our HOME Spun Resale Boutique at 1523 Fairmount Avenue, she figured it would just be a stopgap on the way to her next opportunity. “Honestly, I didn’t think that it was anything that I would be good at,” said Yaya. “I didn't know how well I would be able to engage with people, you know, being shy.” But she took to the position quickly and whenever a customer at HOME Spun asked about Project HOME’s mission, talking about it seemed like the most natural thing to Yaya.

On February 10, 2020, President Trump released his budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year, titled, “A Budget for America’s Future.” The proposal includes billions of dollars in cuts for basic needs: housing aid, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, assistance for people with disabilities, home heating and cooling assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, college work-study, and many other services that help low-income people.

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