Helen Brown Community Center
The Helen Brown Community Center (HBCC) has a rich history of community engagement. Ms. Helen Brown was Project HOME’s Community Organizer for over 20 years and a resident of the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood. We honor Ms. Helen Brown’s legacy as a remarkable leader and as a neighborhood activist through renaming the St. Elizabeth’s Community Center to the Helen Brown Community Center.
At the Helen Brown Community Center, we work to keep our neighborhoods vibrant and safe through providing a venue for open communication, access to support and resources, and community upliftment.
In addition to our work in organizing and empowering the community, the Helen Brown Community Center houses the offices of several Project HOME departments including the Real Estate Development and Asset Management team (which includes the Community Development team), members of the Healthcare Services team, the VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as the CFO of Project HOME. The Helen Brown Community Center at St. Elizabeth’s is also used as a community meeting space where the St. Elizabeth’s Registered Community Organizations (RCO), block captains, and other community organizations gather to conduct community-related business.
The Helen Brown Community Center offers food pantry services throughout the year. The food pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No I.D. is required. The Helen Brown Community Center also distributes turkey baskets at Thanksgiving. (In 2021, the distribution will be held at the parking lot of the Honickman Learning Center, at 1936 Judson Street on Tuesday, November 23rd.)
Donations of non-perishable food items are always needed; please call ahead prior to delivery.
For more information, please contact Priscilla “Ms. Tee” Brown at 215-235-3110 x 5611.
Additional food pantries can be found at Coalition Against Hunger's website.
The Helen Brown Community Center at St. Elizabeth’s serves as a community meeting space where St. Elizabeth’s Registered Community Organization (RCO), block captains, and other community organizations gather to conduct community-related business.
St. Elizabeth's Community Committee
The St. Elizabeth’s Community Committee is an informal group of residents who want to work for the betterment of the community. The group’s Communications Action Team and Cleaning and Greening Action Team are currently focusing on seasonal clean-ups.
First Monday Meetings
On First Mondays, at 5:30 p.m., at the Helen Brown Community Center, residents who want to work on the projects of the St. Elizabeth’s Community and for those who want to get updates on the Community Needs and Assets Assessment Project gather to discuss upcoming events and projects. Meetings may be held on Zoom during the winter months, please call ahead to confirm.
In Summer 2021 through Spring 2022, we are conducting an assessment of community needs and assets in zip codes 19121 and 19132. Our goal for this project is to work with these communities to identify their needs and assets so that together we can respond to these needs while building on their strengths. This project is being led by members of the Community Development team, the Education and Workforce Development team, and the Healthcare Services team from the Project HOME centers in the area – Helen Brown Community Center, Honickman Learning Center, and the Stephen Klein Wellness Center. The Community Forums to discuss the progress of the Community Needs and Assets Assessment are planned to be on February 21st, April 4th, and May 2nd.