Helen Brown Community Center
Project HOME’s Helen Brown Community Center (HBCC) has a rich history in the St. Elizabeth’s community. For over twenty-five years, our community development staff have been engaging with the community, and our property has been a resource as the location for community meetings and celebrations, as well as a place of food distribution through our food pantry and holiday programs.
Currently, our Community Development (CD) team also has stewardship over Project HOME land in the community that is used for healthy food production by our urban farm partner. Our CD team works with community members, local leaders and partner organizations to build and strengthen communication and participation in our community committee and action teams, focusing on cleaning and greening, food security and housing stability.
The Helen Brown Community Center’s food pantry is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The pantry is now open every third Saturday from 1-4 pm. No I.D. is required.
The Helen Brown Community Center also distributes turkey baskets at Thanksgiving.
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 the website of Coalition Against Hunger.
The Helen Brown Community Center at St. Elizabeth’s serves as a community meeting space where the St. Elizabeth’s Registered Community Organization (RCO), block captains, and other community organizations gather to conduct community-related business.
St. Elizabeth's Community Committee: First Monday Meetings
The St. Elizabeth’s Community Committee is a 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. St. Elizabeth’s Community Committee meets on First Mondays, at 5:30 p.m., at the Helen Brown Community Center.
How can Project HOME programs better meet the needs and build on the strengths of our neighbors? We invite our neighbors in 19121 and 19132 to share your thoughts with us.
- Community Forum 3: April 4th, Monday, 5:30 pm, HLC (1936 Judson St): Refining the Draft Recommendations and Priorities
- Community Forum 4: May 2nd, Monday, 5:30 pm, HLC (1936 Judson St): Presenting the Final Recommendations and Priorities
In Summer 2021 through Spring 2022, we have been conducting an assessment of community needs and assets in zip codes 19121 and 19132. This project is a collaboration among Project HOME departments in 19121 and 19132: Community Development (at the Helen Brown Community Center), Education and Employment (at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs), and Healthcare (at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center).