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The Power of Community in Dark Times

Like people all around the country, we in the Project HOME community have been shaken by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.  We share with millions of Americans the grief, anger, and outrage at this recent display of racism, White supremacy, hatred, and violence that poison the very heart of our nation.

On Saturday, August 23, hundreds of neighbors gathered in the neighborhood where Project HOME is engaged in community development for this year’s Annual Day.  It was a wonderful celebration of the neighborhood, including drill team parades, a medical fair, family activities, good food, and lots of fun.

On July 5, 2014 a fast-moving three-alarm fire took the lives of four children in Southwest Philadelphia. Firefighters were called to the 6500 block of Gesner Street at 2:00 am. The flames from the fire engulfed four dwellings. It took four hours for fire fighters to gain control of the situation. It was only at this time that the firefighters were able to search the homes. During their search, they discovered the bodies of a one-month-old baby boy, a four-year-old boy and four-year-old twin girls.

On Friday, June 20, several hundred residents, alumni, volunteers, and current or former staff flooded two blocks of Fairmount Avenue for “A Taste of HOME,” our festive 25th Anniversary community celebration. Adults and youth enjoyed great food, music and dancing, art projects – and the gratification of all being part of an amazing quarter century of this mission of ending homelessness.

S. Mary Scullion speaks with a community member at our recent Taste of HOME celebration.

As we have been celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, we at Project HOME are keenly aware that the wide network of people and organizations who contribute skills, resources, energy, and vision, coupled with God’s grace, are the reason behind any and all accomplishments.

The latest edition of News from HOME, the Project HOME newsletter, has arrived in the mail.  Below is a reprint of our lead story, a 25th anniversary reflection on one of our core themes -- community.  If you are not currently receiving News from HOME, contact  Michael Gainer at [email protected] or subscribe here.

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Taste of HOME Street Festival | Photo by Jay Gorodetzer Photography | Image may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission.

On Friday, June 20, several hundred residents, alumni, volunteers, and current or former staff flooded two blocks of Fairmount Avenue for “A Taste of HOME,” our festive 25th Anniversary community celebration. Adults and youth enjoyed great food, music and dancing, art projects – and the gratification of all being part of an amazing quarter century of this mission of ending homelessness. 

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