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In late 1989, three sisters – Josephine Mandeville, Emily Riley, and Christine Connelly – heeded the urging of their aunt, Sister M. Henrietta Connelly, RSM, to get to know two inspiring young women: a “feisty” nun and a recent MBA graduate, who were working with persons experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. When they visited Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon (at this time, it was Joan Dawson), they brought with them a box of Christmas chocolates and a check for $100,000.It was the start of a beautiful friendship.


We know things tend to get lost in the shuffle when websites are redesigned, and we also know how useful you find the Where to Turn guide. With that in mind, we'll make the guide available throughout our new site. But we also recommend you bookmark http://www.projecthome.org/publications/where-turn-guide so that you can always quickly access the latest version of this invaluable guide. 


We are entering into the final few weeks of this winter’s Hub of Hope, our temporary walk-in engagement center down in the Center City concourse. The Hub, which opened on January 6, provides a critical point of access for persons who experience long-term homelessness and who stay underground during the cold weather. Thanks to the many amazing partners who make up the Hub, we are able to offer an housing placement and health care services. 

Changing the World

On Wednesday, March 19 the Wilt Chamberlain Auditorium was the site of the official opening of the Mary Ellen Mark Portrait Gallery. The Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. As part of this celebration, the world renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark and her partner Martin Bell, a world class film maker, spent two weeks in April on site at the Learning Center. Portraits were taken of over 60 students and alumni. These beautiful portraits represent our past, our present, and our future.


On February 6, 2014 Project HOME’s Adult Learning and Workforce Development (ALWD) hosted its 2013 GED Graduation in the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs’ Wilt Chamberlain Auditorium. It was an evening inspired by the personal achievements and milestones of graduates shared by family, friends, and mentors. It was a night filled with well-deserved accolades and ovations on the journey that carves the path to a brighter future.

Sister Mary Scullion

During our 25th anniversary commemoration throughout 2014, we will occasionally use the blog to reprint stories, articles, and talks from our past.  Today, we share with you an excerpt from Sister Mary Scullion’s speech at the ceremony for the 1992 Philadelphia Award, which she won.  The occasion marked one of the first major events of large public exposure of the work of Project HOME, and you may recognize some of the themes Sister Mary introduced in that speech — themes that have guided us in the many years since.

Charlene Taylor A Tough Woman

Charlene Taylor is a tough woman. “Sometimes life is just life,” she explains with a hard-earned wisdom, “and what you have to endure, you have to endure, and then you have to move on.”


Chico. Hopper.  Horace.  Paul.  Wigman.  Georgianna.  Marian.  Ruth. These were some of their names. They were the victims of an economy that squeezed them out, failed social policies that let them fall through the cracks of a frayed safety net.  While they bore their own deep wounds – decades of addiction, untreated mental illness, the psychological scars of war and post-traumatic stress syndrome – their presence on the streets of Center City Philadelphia in the late 1980s was the sign of a deep social wound. 


Emanuel Havens was low.

It was 1990 and he was squatting in an abandoned North Philadelphia house, his body wracked by the pain of heroin withdrawal.

He needed help and he knew it. Pulling himself together as best he could, he found his way to our St. Elizabeth's Recovery Residence - which happened to be just down the street - and received just want he needed: a clean bed and a new start.

A week later, Emanuel somewhat reluctantly accepted an invitation to join one of St. Elizabeth's discussion groups.


Book coverDaniel Hunter is a long-time activist in Philadelphia who has lent his expertise in trainings and support for Project HOME’s advocacy efforts.