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S. Mary Scullion speaks with a community member at our recent Taste of HOME celebration.

As we have been celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, we at Project HOME are keenly aware that the wide network of people and organizations who contribute skills, resources, energy, and vision, coupled with God’s grace, are the reason behind any and all accomplishments.

Mark Williamson

The first thing you notice about Mark Williamson is his warm and welcoming smile.  You might also notice the crisp blue uniform emblazoned with the Project HOME name and logo.  And between the two, you would begin to understand why he is such a valuable member of our community.

Jerome Maynard has known some tough times in his still youthful 22 years, and one thing he is certain about:  He doesn’t want to go through them again.  And he has definite plans for his life.

The latest edition of News from HOME, the Project HOME newsletter, has arrived in the mail.  Below is a reprint of our lead story, a 25th anniversary reflection on one of our core themes -- community.  If you are not currently receiving News from HOME, contact  Michael Gainer at or subscribe here.


Roots and Branches: Reflections from Sister Mary

As I recall the cramped quarters of that patchwork first shelter in the locker room of a vacant recreation center a quarter century ago, I can hardly believe all that has happened.

I am Project HOME | Eric Smelser

When Eric Smelser first came to work in Project HOME’s Information Technology Department 13 years ago, the whole organization had less than 50 computers for the many residences and programs, and only a handful of staff were on email.


Their faces hint of stories: A fragile dignity. An exuberance seeking greater outlets. An innocence preserved against the odds. A hard-won confidence. A defiant vibrancy. Shadows of lingering scars from a troubled environment. A determination to wrestle a future out of slender hopes.


Lynne Collins-Prillerman knows all too well what it’s like: The lack of self respect. The sense of shame and failure. The dehumanization and degradation. Being treated like you’re dirt – or worse, like you’re invisible.


Beauty will save the world.” The famous quote of the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky was a favorite of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, a network of communities that provide hospitality to poor persons and advocate for justice. Day, whose life and work were enormously influential to the founders of Project HOME, understood that art and beauty were not luxury commodities reserved only for those of economic means, but were vital for the human spirit.


Loretta has come a long way from her time on the streets and in shelters. She resides at Project HOME’s Rowan Homes, is a community health worker for our St. Elizabeth’s health clinic, and interns at our HOME Spun Resale Boutique. She is also a certified peer specialist who has intensively trained to work with other residents to make positive steps in their lives.


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