[NEWS] Papal Visit Loosens Wallets in Philadelphia | Project HOME

[NEWS] Papal Visit Loosens Wallets in Philadelphia

  • [NEWS] Papal Visit Loosens Wallets in Philadelphia

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Late last year, philanthropists John and Leigh Middleton gathered the contributors to the Middleton Partnership, a multiyear, $300-million effort to significantly expand the work of homeless services provider Project HOME. The charity co-founder and Chief Executive Sister Mary Scullion told her audience of donors she wanted to dedicate a new 94-unit, low-income housing complex in honor of Pope Francis, slated to open around the time of his visit to Philadelphia.

Present were two trustees from the Raynier Institute & Foundation who approached with a $3-million gift. In June, philanthropists John and Janet Haas committed $700,000, raising the total to $24 million and drawing the fundraising to a close.

"We have been working very hard for many years," Sister Mary said Monday, just hours after dedicating the Francis House of Peace. "It is just that Pope Francis’s global leadership shines a brighter light on work like this."