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The spring edition of our News from HOME newsletter is hitting mailboxes this week.  We are reprinting here one of our front-page stories, about our second annual Hub of Hope winter initiative.  To read the entire newsletter online, click here. 

 

Holly McBride did her measure best to keep her children out of the Philadelphia shelter system.

For years, she worked hard to find them spare spaces with family members and friends, but her options eventually ran out and Holly and her children were forced into a shelter system she had successfully avoided for so long.

Luckily, their stay would be a short one. In 2008, the 28-year-old mom was able to move her twin boys, Thomas and Gabriel, into Project HOME's Rowan Homes residence, and she hasn't looked back.

 

In 2010, S. Joanne Whitaker might have considered stepping into her golden years of retirement. After all, she had already logged practically a half century as a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious order, first in teaching and later in serving some of the most vulnerable and needy populations.

 

Susan Sherman says she “owes S. Mary Scullion for poisoning her years ago.” Sherman, President and CEO of the Independence Foundation, offered sandwiches to S. Mary and staff member Helen Brown when they met for the first time. 

 

Khalaf was a dropout from high school. His family had been through years of homelessness, and his experienceof failing schools left him with enormous educational deficits.

 

Our Executive Director, S. Mary Scullion, gave the keynote address at the April 17 Graduation Ceremony of the Philadelphia Peer Leadership Academy. PPLA is  a 13-week training designed to promote the leadership skills of those people in recovery who have an earnest desire to help continue to shape and refine the behavioral health care system, as part of the ongoing system transformation movement.

 

During this Easter week, we share this spiritual reflection, written several years ago by Will O’Brien. Will has been a member of the Project HOME for over 23 years. A version of this article was originally published in Sojourners magazine.

It was Easter Sunday, and I was in the mental ward.

 

Mira is an alumna of Project HOME. Soft-spoken and always elegantly dressed, she frequently comes back to Project HOME to participate in alumni events, our speakers bureau, and advocacy efforts. On her recent visit, she shared some serious concerns: As she is following the media debate about gun violence, she is worried that the general public is getting a skewed view of mental illness.

 

Karen Orrick is the Project Coordinator for the Hub of Hope and Strategic Initiatives.

K. Earl left Philadelphia in 2000, running from a past that would eventually catch up with him.

After two stints in prison, K. Earl found himself back in Philadelphia, where he bounced in and out of halfway houses, shelters, bus stations, and the street, all the while hiding his duress from his family. 

 

Jenna Bryant is the manager of the HOME Spun Resale Boutique, formerly Our Daily Threads.

Employment can hold different meanings to different people. For some, it is the result of years of study and sacrifice, a realization of their ambition and dreams. Others may consider their jobs just that: a means by which they fund a lifestyle outside of work, whether it is to support a family or to finance an assortment of interests. Still others may perceive their employment as transitory, a mechanism to explore themselves and their place in the world.

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