Fiscal year 2014 | Our Accomplishments | Project HOME

Fiscal year 2014 | Our Accomplishments

Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded our organization, Project HOME has helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment.
  • Our Public Policy, Education & Advocacy team won a landmark case in the Third Circuit Federal Appeals Court, which established a legal precedent ensuring fair housing practices for homeless persons with special needs. For nearly 25 years, Project HOME has worked with a variety of coalitions on the city, state, and national levels to impact public policies, educate elected officials and maximize resources for housing and services
  • Teams from our Outreach Coordination Center, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Hall Mercer, Horizon House, the Mental Health Association of SEPA, and SEPTA, canvass the streets of Center City and surrounding areas around the clock to link homeless individuals with shelter, supportive housing, medical care, mental health care and substance abuse treatment
  • Project HOME provides 621 units of housing in Philadelphia, including 572 units of affordable and supportive housing for formerly homeless men, women and families, with plans to increase housing capacity to almost 1,000 units by 2017
  • James Widener Ray Homes opened in 2012, a completely renovated, 53-unit building in the Tioga section of Philadelphia, the first development of the Middleton Housing Partnership, made possible through a transformational leadership gift from Leigh and John Middleton
  • JBJ Soul Homes, a four-story, mixed-use development that will bring retail space and 55 apartments for formerly homeless and low-income men, women, and children to the Francisville neighborhood, opened in April 2014
  • Construction has begun on 810 Arch Street, a 94-unit, mixed-use development that will provide affordable housing to both a special-needs population (formerly homeless men and women) and to individuals living on low incomes
Opportunities for Employment
  • Our Employment Services program works with over 200 residents and alumni each year on educational assistance, job search, job coaching, resume writing and budgeting. We make employment referrals and maintain relationships with community partners including Fresh Direct, The Fresh Grocer, Loews Hotel, PA CareerLink, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and ShopRite
  • The Social Enterprise department was recently created to operate an increased number of social enterprises that provide employment opportunities and workplace skill development for formerly homeless individuals. The HOME Page Café and the Library Restroom Attendant Program in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Starbucks and Metropolitan Bakery, HOME Spun Resale Boutique, and HOME Made number among the initiatives
  • Our Adult Learning and Workforce Development Program at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, serves more than 1,200 annually, thanks to generous funders like the Raynier Foundation and Citizens Bank.. The program provides employment services to formerly homeless residents and community members, including: Adult Basic Education/GED Preparation; Computers and Technology; Job Readiness; Resume Workshops; Career Tracks Programs; Workforce Development Workshops; and Career Fairs. We also partner with the Urban League of Philadelphia to provide free customer service training and placement support
  • The Harold A. Honickman Young Entrepreneur Program provides teens the opportunity to create and run small businesses. This competitive program provides students with business mentors, workshops and start-up funding for business projects proposed by them
  • In partnership with the Exelon Veterans Training & Employment Program and Independence Blue Cross, we place formerly homeless veterans and other residents in paid internship positions at partner organizations across the city. Through this initiative, formerly homeless men and women have access to paid work experience for a period of three to six months
Medical Care
  • Our Community Health Initiative, a partnership with the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Family & Community Medicine, makes approximately 2,000 contacts with patients annually, providing community-based, high-quality health care and health education services to the St. Elizabeth’s/Diamond Street neighborhood in North Philadelphia.  We work to ensure our residents obtain health insurance and link them to preventive health care services
  • Partnerships with Council for Relationships and House of Hope and Peace enable neighbors to access behavioral health services - including individual, child, couple and family therapy, as well as workshops on stress management, anger management, parenting, building family and community resilience, coping with anxiety and depression, and empowering the self and others to address violence in the community
  • Recently received Federally Qualified Health Clinic status and broke ground on the nearly 30,000-square-foot Stephen Klein Wellness Center, a facility where Project HOME, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and other partners will provide community-based, uniquely integrated health and wellness services targeted to the needs of the North Central Philadelphia Community
  • Our Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL), a state-of-the-art, 38,000-square-foot technology center in North Central Philadelphia, provides critical educational and workforce development programs for neighborhood children and their families. The North Philly Footstompers Drill Team allows 25 youth to compete in local and national competitions, and offers opportunities that change and enlarge their world perspective while building their self-esteem, leadership and discipline
  • A collaborative effort between Project HOME and Germantown Academy resulted in the Community Partnership School (CPS) at the HLCCTL. This innovative, independent K-5 elementary school offers a unique educational opportunity that combines a rigorous academic curriculum with training in social responsibility and comprehensive services for the talented, underserved young children in North Philadelphia

Awards and Recognitions
  • Project HOME won the inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Award for Excellence from the  Urban Land Institute Philadelphia for the design of JBJ Soul Homes (2014)
  • Philadelphia City Council recognized Project HOME for "achieving 25 years of providing exceptional services to the homeless population in the City of Philadelphia" (2014)
  • Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon awarded University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research's 10th annual Urban Leadership Award, which honors urban visionaries for their transformative leadership for sustainable and inclusive cities (2014)
  • Sister Mary Scullion received the 2013 James Cardinal Gibbons Medal from The Catholic University of America Alumni Association (2013)
  • Joan Dawson McConnon awarded Penn State’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual (2012)
  • Sister Mary Scullion named 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer (2012)
  • Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon receive the University of Notre Dame Laetare Award (2011)
  • Sister Mary Scullion is selected by MORE Magazine as one of the “50 Strongest Women” (2011)
  • Sister Mary Scullion is selected by Time Magazine as one of the “World’s Most Influential People in 2009” (2009)
  • Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon are selected by Dunkin’ Donuts and the Philadelphia Eagles as two of the “75 Greatest Living Philadelphians” (2007)
  • Project HOME receives the National Alliance to End Homelessness Nonprofit Sector Achievement Award (2005)
  • Project HOME receives the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s STAR Award for constructive, creative, innovative and replicable approaches to ending homelessness (2004)
  • Project HOME recognized by CBS National News as a national model to end homelessness (2006)
  • Project HOME recognized by The San Francisco Chronicle as a national model to end homelessness (2004)
  • Project HOME recognized by The Denver Post as a national model to end homelessness (2004)
  • Project HOME recognized by The New York Times as a national model to end homelessness (2003)
  • Project HOME receives the Ford Foundation’s national “Leadership for a Changing World Award” (2002)
  • Project HOME recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as one of the “100 Best Practices” (2000)
  • Project HOME recognized by Philanthropy Roundtable as one of the “16 most efficient and innovative charities we know of anywhere” (2000)

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