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[NEWS] Project HOME, Drexel to exhibit artwork by formerly homeless Philadelphians

From the Philly Voice

An exhibit by Project HOME and Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will feature artwork by four formerly homeless artists.

The second annual “Artists for All Seasons” will display the works of the four featured artists as well as about 10 other artists from April 13 to 24 at Drexel's URBN Center at 3501 Market St.

Vince Sangmeister has been part of Project HOME’s art program for over two years. By day, he works for the Philadelphia Alliance for Supportive Services to Veteran Families (PASSVF), where he works to rapidly rehouse homeless veterans. Before working for Project HOME, Vince’s professional experience encompassed working as a Russian Cryptologic Linguist for the U.S.


Beauty will save the world.” The famous quote of the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky was a favorite of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, a network of communities that provide hospitality to poor persons and advocate for justice. Day, whose life and work were enormously influential to the founders of Project HOME, understood that art and beauty were not luxury commodities reserved only for those of economic means, but were vital for the human spirit.


Emanuel Havens was low.

It was 1990 and he was squatting in an abandoned North Philadelphia house, his body wracked by the pain of heroin withdrawal.

He needed help and he knew it. Pulling himself together as best he could, he found his way to our St. Elizabeth's Recovery Residence - which happened to be just down the street - and received just want he needed: a clean bed and a new start.

A week later, Emanuel somewhat reluctantly accepted an invitation to join one of St. Elizabeth's discussion groups.


As her horse galloped toward the fence, Janet Scobell readied herself for a maneuver she had performed countless times before during her competitive career.

She realized - too late - that this jump was to be anything but routine. The horse balked, throwing Janet, and, in its subsequent panic, trampled her back.

The accident left her on permanent disability, bringing to a premature close her 32-year primary career as a successful commercial artist. Scobell's sudden, steep decline in income forced her to sell her Delaware County home.


We are excited to announce our newest line of Holiday cards featuring artwork and creative expressions by some of our talented residents. One of the cards, shown here, features a painting by Felice Ross, a resident at our Connelly House residence. The inside of the card contains a poem written by April Parker, who also resides at Connelly House. (She was profiled earlier in this blog.)


By April Venesha Parker


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