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Yaya  in front of HOME Spun Resale Boutique

When Yishya, “Yaya”, took a job at our HOME Spun Resale Boutique at 1523 Fairmount Avenue, she figured it would just be a stopgap on the way to her next opportunity. “Honestly, I didn’t think that it was anything that I would be good at,” said Yaya. “I didn't know how well I would be able to engage with people, you know, being shy.” But she took to the position quickly and whenever a customer at HOME Spun asked about Project HOME’s mission, talking about it seemed like the most natural thing to Yaya.

A few days ago, I was working with one of the outreach teams who were trying to find a placement for a vulnerable woman on the streets. I was impressed by the diligence and care of one of the outreach workers, Mr. Ruffin Hill. In talking with him afterwards, he reminded me that he was a resident of our St. Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence 20 years ago. Ruffin has been sober for 21 years, and after stabilizing his life and making much personal progress, he was employed full-time as an outreach worker with a partner organization, SELF Inc.

Allen Turner sorting through the thousands of books donated to Project HOME

If you pass Allen Turner at Project HOME’s 1515 Fairmount Avenue office and ask how he’s doing, his response will likely be, “It’s another day in the neighborhood!” He’s channeling PBS’s much-loved Fred Rogers, who’s known for saying “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” Allen’s version of the saying holds tremendous and deep meaning for him. It signifies how every day gives him one more chance to love, grow, change, and live.

This story originally appeared in our Summer 2019 Edition of News from HOME.

This story originally appeared in our Summer 2019 Edition of News from HOME.

Spirit of Generosity: Boyds Philadelphia

This story originally appeared in our Summer 2019 Edition of News from HOME.

Project HOME residents celebrating the announcement that 1515 Fairmount Avenue could be used as a residence for those experiencing homelessness in 1994.

This story originally appeared in our Spring 2019 Edition of News from HOME.

Roots and Branches: Reflections from Sister Mary

This story originally appeared in our Spring 2019 Edition of News from HOME.

Throughout 2019, Project HOME is marking its 30th Anniversary. A lot can change in 30 years – and we at Project HOME have gone through plenty of change, as has our society.

Lynne and Harold Honickman

This story originally appeared in our Spring 2019 Edition of News from HOME.

To celebrate Project HOME’s 30th anniversary, Lynne and Harold Honickman generously donated $6 million which brought the event’s total to over $10 million. In honor of their incredible generosity, we wanted to share some of Lynne’s beautiful speech from that evening. 

I Am Project HOME - Tyesha Hightower

This story originally appeared in our Spring 2019 Edition of News from HOME.

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