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Because the dark doesn’t hurt so much, I am grateful for my little adapted room-darkened apartment at Kate’s Place. I am grateful for gloomy days when independent living gets a wee bit less painful, though I have to wear my prescribed black visor over glare goggles in any weather. I am grateful for screens that do not point at me, causing pain and brain problems. Especially, I am grateful for how the screen in the lobby can get turned off by a remote at the front desk if I have to be there.

Wes, a workshop leader in our candle-making program, shares how he has been able to use the principles of Project HOME to stay focused, balanced, and rooted in success.

Women of Change is a safe haven residence for women located at 20th and Arch Streets. (Photo by Project HOME)

Eileen McGovern first visited Project HOME’s Women of Change Safe Haven in 2015 with a group of Mercy Associates.  She currently serves as a receptionist there. 

David, a resident of James Widener Ray Homes and sales associate at HOME Spun Resale Boutique, experienced homelessness for 25 years before coming in. Now, he is a lynchpin of the Project HOME community and a welcome face at the boutique. Thank you for helping David come HOME.

Mike, a resident of JBJ Soul Homes, describes his years as a member of the Project HOME community as "transformative." We're so thankful to you for helping Mike find his way home, and we hope you will continue to work with us in 2018 and beyond as we strive to end homelessness in Philadelphia for good.

Unexpected Turns: Wes' Story

Andrea Szyper worked with Project HOME in the 1990s.  She does occasional volunteer writing for this blog.

“When I am posing I have time to think.”

Wes, an occasional artists' model (just one of his art-related endeavors), is a man who is finally at peace with his own thoughts.

In honor of Veterans Day, we share this powerful poem/memoir by Benjamin P., a member of Project HOME and a veteran. He recited this poem at a recent community gathering, including photos of his squadron mates he honors in this poem. We thank Ben and all veterans for their service – and we pray for the families and friends of veterans who gave their lives for our country.

s.y.o.t.o.s.
(see you on the other side)

a poem by Benjamin P.

The following article is featured in the Summer 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.

 

Benjamin Pinto is a poet and Project HOME resident.

RAGGED OLD FLAG

From Crisis to Hope

Katie Dougherty says it with a painful bluntness:  “I didn’t grow up hoping to be a heroin addict.”  And she could hardly have foreseen the eventual consequences when almost fifteen years ago a doctor prescribed Percocet for her severe back pain.  Because of how it improved her mood – easing depression and anxiety – she gradually became addicted.  Within a few short years, her life was a living nightmare.  “There I was, a mother of four from a good background, lost in Kensington doing whatever I had to do to get another hit.”

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