HOME Word Blog

Project HOME Annual PECO/Exelon-sponsored Veterans Gathering

On the beautiful Fall evening before Veteran’s Day, Employment Services hosted our 3rd annual gathering of veterans which included the current graduation class to those who were graduated in 2009, out first class.  It is always a joy to see the graduates so pleased with their accomplishments and the many Alums who return to share this day with them and their fellow classmates.   



Project HOME the recipient of hundreds of donated turkeys from ACME, The Justi Group, Fresh Direct, The Honickman Foundation, and The Do-Gooders

PHILADELPHIA, November 17, 2016 – Several hundred families in need will be assured a full Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the donation of 600 turkey dinners by area businesses and organizations including: ACME, The Justi Group, Fresh Direct, The Haverford School, The Honickman Foundation, and The Do-Gooders.


The Philadelphia Homeless Memorial Day Planning Committee is reaching out to you to help gather the names of homeless and formerly homeless women, men, and children who died in 2015 (and since last year’s remembrance on 12/18/14). This year’s Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Wednesday, December 21. The location is Thomas Paine Plaza and the time is 5:00 p.m. Please join us.

The Positive Pathway for youth and young adult homelessness

This past summer, Rachel Yoder, our strategic initiatives manager, visited the United Kingdon as part of the Transatlantic Practice Exchange to investigate new approaches to ending youth homelessness. The full report was recently released, and Rachel's portion, entitled "The Positive Pathway for youth and young adult homelessness" can be accessed below.

Just before Christmas in the late 1980’s, Gene Epstein and his wife, Marlene, dressed up as Santa Claus and, together with their son and daughter, packed up a truck-full of boots, socks, mittens, and coats, went to Center City, and passed them out to individuals they met who were living on the streets.  When they were finished, they had a few left over and asked someone if they knew of an organization that might need them. They were directed to Project HOME and the rest is history. 


This remarkable poem was written by one of our residents who prefers to remain anonymous.


If I Never

Vote For Homes will be providing ride for people who are homeless, formerly homeless, or returning citizens. Please fill out a ride request form so we have all the information.

Also, please post this Voter Rights Information Poster at your program, shelter, or affordable housing. TIME TO GET OUT THE VOTE!

Music has always been a core part of Paul Dunnaville’s life. So has a deep passion to help people, especially youth. So when he was called about an opening at Project HOME’s Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL) as a part-time music instructor, he couldn’t say no.

For years, Paul had been splitting his time between his music production company and different nonprofit stints working with troubled youth or persons with behavioral health issues. The opportunity to work with Project HOME’s young people allowed his gifts to flourish.

It might have appeared as an “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” strategy to hide the City’s dark side during the Democratic National Convention.  But in fact, when the City asked Project HOME to open a special, short-term “respite” for people who were homeless on the streets of Center City, it was part of a strategic initiative designed to promote real solutions.