Small Ways to Make a Big Difference
Be a Grocery LifeLine for our Residents
One of the ways you can help many of our folks who are at extreme risk right now, is through our new Project HOME Grocery LifeLine program. We are collaborating with Roonga to ensure our vulnerable residents have the essentials. You can help by signing up to become a Grocery LifeLine. This is also an opportunity to build community and to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable among us. We hope you will join us. It can be done in four simple steps:
Gather Your Unwanted Books and Turn Them into Jobs
One of our social enterprise ventures, Project HOME Books, temporarily has had to stop all sales during COVID-19. But that didn’t stop supporter, Jude Robison, from finding ways to help the business. Jude contacted friends and neighbors who were spring cleaning in this housebound moment and asked them to gather their unwanted books. As soon as things got up and running at Project HOME Books, Jude wanted to make sure there was a big donation of books waiting for staff to sort through and add to their inventory. “Those of us with a roof over our heads and food in the pantry are very privileged,” said Jude. “I know that Project HOME is caring for the most vulnerable among us, the ones with the least resources to care for themselves at this time.” We are so grateful to Jude for thinking of us! And we’ll let you know as soon as we reopen.
Eagle Scout, Ethan Toland and his brother Will drop off a much-needed food donation to 1515 Fairmount Avenue.
Buying Resident-Made Gifts to Soften the Blow
Supporter Hannah Karlheim learned of Project HOME and our COVID-19 needs through an online publication. When she saw that one of our social enterprise ventures is to sell candles made by our residents, she decided to purchase some. Unfortunately, during COVID-19 this social enterprise business was not operating, but Hannah didn’t mind. “I completely understand,” she said. “I am happy to wait until you are back. Sending good thoughts to the whole organization.” It is the generosity and light that folks like Hannah provide in thinking of placing orders to fulfill later that really helps us through such a dark time.
Jefferson Staff Sprang into Action
Tina DeAngelis, associate professor and director of the doctorate program in occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University has been a longtime support of Project HOME. She pays close attention to our website at the best of times, but when COVID-19 struck, she was glued to our communications. She rallied friends and coworkers to bring dinners two days a week for an entire month to both of our safe havens, donated snacks and hygiene bags, and made masks. It was incredible how quickly she sprang into action, but we are so grateful to Tina and her team for stepping up!
Former Philabundance Executive Director, Glenn Bergman, rolling up his sleeves and preparing sack lunches for guests at the Hub of Hope.
HOME Made Projects: Make a Mask
We have the perfect craft project while you’re stuck at home. We need masks for our residents, patients visiting our medical clinics, and guests at our Hub of Hope. We recognize that our frontline medical workers need to be prioritized, but if you have some craft material and time to spare to make some for those we serve, we would be so grateful! For more information on how to make masks, you can go to https://www.projecthome.org/make-masks.