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As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2014, we areastonished by the accomplishments of so many in the Project HOME community and with the substantial progress and development. Throughout the years some things have remained constant. When you speak to people who are experiencing homelessness about what they need, the most common answer is the same as it was 25 years ago: a place to live and a job.

 

Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain has a legacy in Philadelphia—and not just due to his dominance on the court. Thanks to his family, his philanthropic spirit lives on through the generosity of the memorial fund that bears his name. The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund has long been a partner in Project HOME’s work, ensuring, as he wanted, that the city in which he grew up has a chance to thrive.

 

This story originally appeared in our fall edition of News from HOME.

 

Today’s guest blog post is by Garrett O'Dwyer, Policy & Communications Associate for the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. PACDC is a close ally and partner of Project HOME in the ongoing struggle to expand affordable housing in our city.  

 

Karen Orrick is Project HOME's Project Coordinator of the Hub of Hope and of Strategic Initiatives. She wrote this article in the wake of last week's shooting incident at the U.S. Capitol.

 

Julia Binswanger is a student at Bowdoin College who is volunteering her writing skills for Project HOME this summer. 

Fifty-one-year-old Antoine Parks is a fighter.

From 1981 to 1993 this South Philadelphia native was stationed in Iraq. There he worked in artillery and served in direct combat. In short, he risked his life for our country so that those of us at home don’t have to. Thus, one would assume that in 1993, after over ten years of service when Antoine was finally discharged, he would be done fighting.

 

Today's blog entry was written by Dan Muklewicz, a law student from the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans, who is interning with Project HOME this summer.

 

Although it is a beautiful view, could you ever imagine the limbs of a pine tree being your roof and vista from the dirt floor of your home? For Kevin Weldon, this was his view as he lay underneaththe tree in Pennypack Park where he lived on and off for the last 20 years. 

Kevin’s struggle with homelessness began in 1990 when his wife left him. He started to drink, and he eventually lost his job as a police officer. He lived on the streets and did not care anymore. 

 

On May 30, I attended the graduation ceremony of The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media, PA.I was there with the family of Khalaf Dow, who was graduating.Khalaf lived at Project HOME’s Rowan Homes residence, and spent years participating in programs at our Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL).

 

Susan and Joe Miller know about long term,committed relationships.They met at West Pittston High School in 1953, and their relationship is still going strong 61 years later.

So, it’s no surprise that after meeting S. Mary Scullion through their parish priest Fr. Ed Hallinanin the mid-1980’s, Joe and Susan are still committed to Project HOME’s mission. They have been longtime volunteers and donors since before Project HOME became a reality! And they passed this commitment down, as well: their granddaughter Rebecca has volunteered at Project HOME.

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