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Ericka Brown has become an expert in many things over the last year: teaching computer literacy to adults, managing the phones and doors at the front desk of several Project HOME sites, and telling a story that will leave an audience spellbound.


From the Philadelphia Tribune

For 25 years, David Brown had no place to call home.

“I used to be homeless and I was living on the street,” said Brown, now 60. “I refused to come in [off the street] because I thought Project HOME was like all the other homeless shelters that are taking advantage of the homeless.”

Growing Stronger: Personal Recovery Services

This article appeared in the winter edition of our News from HOME newsletter.  You can read the full newsletter online here.  If you don’t receive News from HOME and would like to subscribe, click here.

In From the Storm: Resident Leadership

David Brown spent twenty-five years homeless on the streets of Philadelphia before coming into Project HOME’s James Widener Ray Homes in 2013. It wasn’t an easy transition. “I slept on the floor of my new place for three weeks before I would get in my bed,” he says. “After two decades on the streets, I was only comfortable on the floor.”

Meet the Maker – Julia Galetti

For Project HOME resident Julia Galetti, art is more than a hobby. The recipient of multiple Leeway Foundation Art and Change grants, Galetti works across multiple mediums. Her portrait subjects range from vintage Rockettes to First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House Rose Garden.  Twenty-three years clean, Galetti says that art helps her maintain her sobriety.

Meet the Maker | Inayah Clay

For 17-year-old Inayah Clay, Project HOME has become a second home of sorts. 


Project HOME’s Employment Services celebrated Veterans Day with our 2nd annual gathering of graduates and our current class of veteran apprentices engaged in the PECO/ Project HOME Veteran Training Program. Attendees were from the 2009 class up to and including the current class.

There is a special bond which forms between veterans who have served their country and that is evident in these gatherings notwithstanding the small, friendly rivalries between the different branches of service.


Hyacinth King’s journey from homelessness to hopefulness is truly remarkable. The only child of parents who owned a chain of grocery stores, Hyacinth says growing up she “lived really well.” Hyacinth attended Friends Select School and went on to graduate from Temple University with a business degree.

Meet the Maker — Amber Sagar

Two years after “recuperating from life on the streets” Project HOME resident Amber shows the transformative effects supportive employment can have on those who have experienced homelessness.  Since arriving at her new home, Amber admits she’s had to adjust to how quiet it can be, but now she says she “can comfortably sleep at night.” Amber’s rest is well deserved and needed given that she spends her days working in a variety of roles at Project HOME through the organizations’ Employment Services Apprenticeship program.  Her job placement is as a Social Enterprise Crew Member.

Meet the Maker — Lorene Green

“I was heartbroken, I was home-broken,” says resident Miss Lorene when speaking about her life before encountering Project HOME. “They were so nice to me, they gave me a place to stay, a place to call my own. They gave me wholesomeness.” Miss Lorene had been living “door step to door step” when one of our volunteers found her at a crisis center in 2011. Of the experience Miss Lorene, who is now five years sober, says, “God blessed me, because she came.”


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