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This past week, members of the Project HOME community gathered for a memorial service for Billy Hope, a resident who passed away recently. Billy was part of our very first emergency winter shelter in 1989, and stayed connected to us ever since then. In honor of Billy, we republish this post, which was originally published last May. Billy is the resident described in the second paragraph -- a testimony to his generous spirit despite many rough years on the streets.

 

Last Thursday, November 3, Project HOME's co-founder and Associate Executive Director Joan Dawson McConnon spoke at a rally in Philadelphia about cuts to the state Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP). Here is the text of her remarks -- also see below for action steps you can take. The rally was held by Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Occupy Philly.

Anabel Genevitz is a student at Arcadia University, and volunteers with Project HOME's Education and Advocacy Department.

You might think that Project HOME’s success in empowering men and women to break the cycle of chronic homelessness is due to very competent and committed staff. And that’s certainly a large part of it.  But another very important factor, one that has been growing tremendously in the past few years, is the role that residents play in supporting each other.

 

For several years, one of the most innovative programs happening at Project HOME’s Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs is the Cross Bridge Scholars Program. Cross Bridge Scholars brings together students from North Philadelphia who participate in HLCCTL activities with students from Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square.

 

Erika Slaymaker is a Philly Fellow working this year with Project HOME on implementing our sustainability initiatives and programs.

 
When Benjamin Mitchell first arrived at Project HOME in 1998, he felt a spark of hope. 
 
“I had heard people treated you with dignity and respect, and that the conditions were livable.”

He needed hope.  A native of some of the mean streets in North Philadelphia, Ben bore scars from a long battle with homelessness and addiction.  From his early days, he fell into what he described as the more seedy parts of the neighborhood.

 

The following is an excerpt from a talk by our co-founders Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon, who were honored by the University of Notre Dame with the 2011 Laetare Medal, the most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. You can view this speech in its entirety on YouTube.

 

Frank Miller is a St. Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence Alumni and former employee of the HOME Page Café.  In addition to volunteering in his community, Frank has recently competed a certification as a Network Cable Specialist and is continuing to seek competitive employment.

 

Courtney Demuth is a Temple University student who is interning in Project HOME’s Advocacy and Public Policy Department.

Most, if not all, Pennsylvania State residents are aware that Governor Tom Corbett Corbett approved an on-time, no-tax increase budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year (which began on July 1).

 

Anabel Genevitz, a student at Arcadia University, is interning this summer with Project HOME’s Advocacy and Public Policy Department.

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