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From CBS Philly

A dozen formerly homeless veterans celebrated Monday as they graduated from a special program designed to get them back into the workforce.

The ten men and two women graduated from the PECO/Exelon Veterans Training and Employment Program, a job skills and internship experience which leads to employment.

 

From Philly.com

The street sweeper arrived at 12th and Arch shortly after dawn.

With a broom and a wheeled dumpster, he swept around the sleeping forms on the sidewalk under the arches of the Convention Center. As commuters walked past and dozens on the sidewalk stirred awake, the street sweeper collected bottles and plastic wrappers and half-eaten food - all the detritus of a night on the streets.

 

From The Philadelphia Tribune:

City officials broke ground this week for the new Martin Luther King Older Adult Center on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. And it couldn’t have come a moment sooner for Edith Lollie.

 

From The Scranton Times-Tribune:

Like many graduation commencement speakers, Sister Mary Scullion urged the University of Scranton class of 2016 to go out and change their part of the world.

But the Philadelphia nun, named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME Magazine in 2009, speaks with great experience on that topic.

 

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

The homeless outreach teams arrived at Rittenhouse Square just before the morning rush hour. They had come to check in on familiar faces, park regulars who have refused to come inside for years - or even decades.

 

From Newsworks

The city of Philadelphia is tweaking its approach to homeless outreach as workers now focus on specific areas — and help those in need with individualized services.

The new approach comes in the wake of increased complaint calls about homeless people and panhandlers in Center City. Some of those complaints pertain to new homeless gathering spots.

 

From PhillyVoice

On Monday morning, a man named James stood at 12th and Market streets in front of the city's Hard Rock Cafe, quietly humming along with "Rapper's Delight" as it played through the restaurant's sound system.

James, dressed in a torn, stained polo shirt and dirty jeans, had been out here all morning when members of one of the city's new homeless outreach teams stopped to chat.

 

From the Los Angeles Times

One of my heroes in this field is Sister Mary Scullion of the Sisters of Mercy in Philadelphia. As a pioneering advocate, she coaxed mentally ill people off the streets and into therapy, housing and jobs back in the 1980s, and she now runs a recovery empire.

 

From the Philadelphia Gay News

Joseph Hill-Coles was born to a drug-addicted mother in Philadelphia and entered the foster-care system at the age of 3. Although he was adopted by a single mother when he was 10, he said he was an angry kid. He got kicked out of several schools before being arrested at 17.

“When I got out, it was all about survival,” Hill-Coles said. “I house-hopped until I wore out my welcome.”

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