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Generosity: GIFTS of Community

Generosity is a way of life rooted in what we give ourselves and others. Generosity, the art of giving without the expectation of return, creates abundance when practiced regularly.

Backed by science, generosity is a known intervention to improve our quality of life and improve our health. Generosity – on neurobiological, interpersonal, and social levels - is known to reduce stress, support our immune systems, and enhance our sense of purpose. 

I am Project HOME: Sam Santiago

When Sam Santiago starts his day, he is prepared to expect the unexpected. Maybe it’s picking up a birthday cake for someone he’s recently met on an outreach call, or perhaps he’s pulling over to help someone in need on his way to work. Whatever he encounters, it’s all in a day’s work for Project HOME’s veteran outreach worker.

"Experiencing Gratitude while Living with Chronic Illness"

Thanksgiving is upon us.

Being noticed, recognized, and validated is so close to being loved that sometimes they can feel the same. We’re hardwired for connection and belonging. We’re hardwired for community. 

Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC) is not just a doctor’s office, but a safe haven for community and connection, which are the foundations of empowerment. 

One community within SKWC is a group called “Healthy Hearts Philadelphia,” an initiative aimed at reducing risk for cardiovascular disease through a series of guest educators. 

The trees are wonderful teachers of change. With the Fall season soon to start, they’re about to model for us how to embrace the inevitability of transition. But, transition is stressful.

I work as a member of the medical team at Stephen Klein Wellness Center to care for people’s wellness, especially their mental, emotional, and behavioral health.

I primarily work with people to help them heal from painful experiences caused or worsened by various life and health transitions through short sessions before or after their appointments with their doctors.

Tanisha has been a part of the Project HOME community since she was 10 years old. From homelessness to hope, hear her transformational story.

Alonda Jones, a reliable and friendly presence at the front desk at our 1515 Fairmount Avenue main office, shares her #TransformationTuesday story and the impact that Project HOME has had on her life for the last 20 years.

Modern Hero recently produced a beautiful video giving insight into Sister Mary's devotion to people experiencing homelessness and living in poverty, the origins of Project HOME, and what we are doing today to end homelessness in Philadelphia for good. A must watch!

Qasim Moore, Program Manager at Project HOME, joined with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania recently to discuss the importance of affordable housing and recovery. Our thanks to Rep. Dwight Evans for his time and for representing us in the 2nd District.

Dee Dee Risher is a long-time friend of the Project HOME community (and former staff member).  Her recent book, The Soulmaking Room, is a reflection on how we embrace our difficult experiences and struggles as a path toward wholeness.  You can purchase the book through Project HOME here. Here is an excerpt:

 

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