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A few days ago, I was working with one of the outreach teams who were trying to find a placement for a vulnerable woman on the streets. I was impressed by the diligence and care of one of the outreach workers, Mr. Ruffin Hill. In talking with him afterwards, he reminded me that he was a resident of our St. Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence 20 years ago. Ruffin has been sober for 21 years, and after stabilizing his life and making much personal progress, he was employed full-time as an outreach worker with a partner organization, SELF Inc.

Allen Turner sorting through the thousands of books donated to Project HOME

If you pass Allen Turner at Project HOME’s 1515 Fairmount Avenue office and ask how he’s doing, his response will likely be, “It’s another day in the neighborhood!” He’s channeling PBS’s much-loved Fred Rogers, who’s known for saying “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” Allen’s version of the saying holds tremendous and deep meaning for him. It signifies how every day gives him one more chance to love, grow, change, and live.

Last month we were selected by Penji for their Unlimited Program. This partnership will enable us to execute essential communications that will help amplify our messages internally and externally. We are excited to get things going and want to recognize Penji for their commitment to assisting non-profit organizations like Project HOME. 

There is a German word, weltschmerz, which translates literally to “world-pain or world weariness.” The word is meant to describe a sensitivity to the ills of the world and the misery of human suffering, with use in German poetry around the time of the first world war.

I feel this often-- personally and professionally. One of the many rewards of working as a Behavioral Health Consultant as a licensed clinical social worker is getting to know all that it means to be human-- seeing life begin, heal, and end.

Pregnant?

Did you know you can get your prenatal care at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center?

Prenatal Care in a Group Setting:

Project HOME, Independence Blue Cross, and AmeriHealth Caritas Launch Community Health Program in North Philadelphia

Innovative initiative to address health disparities in North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, January 24, 2020 –Project HOME, Independence Blue Cross (Independence), and AmeriHealth Caritas announce the launch of “Keystone Connection to Wellness.” This new initiative will address the significant health disparities in life expectancy and infant mortality experienced by North Philadelphia residents.

Project HOME Officially Opens STEAM Lab at Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Lab (HLCCTL)

Philadelphia, PA (January 22, 2020) - Project HOME announced the opening of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Media Arts, and Math Lab at the HLCCTL today, January 22, 2020. Now, students at the HLCCTL will be able to build circuits, learn code, print 3D objects, program robotic behaviors, explore solar energy, and much more.

NOTE: The deadline for comments on the proprosed rule has passed but you can still send a message to Congress!

The Social Security Administration recently announced that it wants to change rules for people who get disability benefits, including SSI.

Many people would be required to prove continuing disability every two years. Through this change, Social Security expects to cut $2.6 billion in benefit payments.

2020 is not only the calendar year but is also a reference to visual acuity-- the clarity of sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. This new year made me pause to reflect on how I could enhance my clarity of the vision I have for my growth, and how I could support others in enhancing their own. 

I love and appreciate the fresh start, spirit of renewal, and the literal new beginning Jan 1 brings to the calendar year. I want to mindfully recognize that this transition also brings with it often a sense of pressure, performance, grief, nostalgia, and sadness. 

Genny O'Donnell

Project HOME outreach worker Genny O’Donnell got a call on a cold December day in 1999.  A man she knew from the streets, who had been chronically homeless for over ten years, was in the hospital. He had been hit by a bus and sustained serious injuries. He didn’t remember the incident, and wasn’t clear how he had gotten there. He had no family, and Christmas was coming. After the initial visit, Genny returned a couple of days before Christmas and decorated his hospital room with a Christmas tree, as well as bringing him some treats he wanted.

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