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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.”

Meet the Maker – Brian Mitchell

Without question, Project HOME is a transformative place. But, for one Project HOME resident, the transformation has been more visible than most. Since moving in to supportive housing in April of 2014, resident Bryan Mitchell has managed to lose 50 pounds and quit smoking. Mitchell, a 50-year-old native of Sharon Hill, describes his time at Project HOME as “therapeutic.” Mitchell started out his workout routine small, building up his endurance by working out 15 minutes at a time. 

On Sunday, July 19th, Amber Sagar, a Project HOME resident at 1515 Fairmount Ave., celebrated her birthday with a fine showing in the 28th Annual Tour de Shore Philadelphia to Atlantic City bicycle race. 

The odyssey began when Amber expressed her desire to participate in this race to Alexis Pugh.  Contact from Employment Services to Temple University was made.  Police Captain, Eileen Bradley, arranged a sponsorship through Temple Police Chief, Charles Leone. Amber happily joined the Temple Team and proudly wore their colors. 

Living on the Edge

This story originally appeared in our summer edition of News from HOME.

Kaizer Roberts was floored when he walked into the San Diego conference focused on youth  homelessness. “I was shocked at the number of people working for young people. I grew up in a place where nobody cared about you. Nobody wanted to see you succeed. To see so many people ready to help young people like me get to the next level was mind-blowing.”

Off the Couch

This story originally appeared in our summer edition of News from HOME.

Jessica Hartfield shared this reflection at our College Access Program (CAP) graduation  last year. She graduated from the University of  Pennsylvania with a Masters in Social Work in May 2015.

As I look out at you, our CAP participants, I feel as though I have just left those seats. I remember how unsure, intimidated, and apprehensive  about the future I was.

With the grand opening of our Stephen Klein Wellness Center fast approaching, we asked members of the Project HOME community to speak to the importance and impact the facility will have on its North Philadelphia neighborhood.

With the grand opening of our Stephen Klein Wellness Center fast approaching, we asked members of the Project HOME community to speak to the importance and impact the facility will have on its North Philadelphia neighborhood.

 

This story originally appeared in our winter edition of News from HOME.

Josie Nyame remembers vividly that low point of her life: “My whole world was crumbling around me.” She had been evicted from her Section 8 housing, and her four children placed with their father. Homeless, sleeping on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and on a bench in Logan Square, she knew she had to change her life.

Her fellow residents at Project HOME call her “the Maestro.”  And when you hear Karen Benedetti’s piano playing, you’ll know that the name fits. 

For over 10 years, both Karen and her music have graced the Project HOME community.  Every day, she sits at her shiny personal upright piano in the 1515 community room and plays her amazing music – jazz, pop, oldies, a touch of classical – impressing all who hear her. 

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