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Joan McConnon and Sister Mary Scullion

Dear friends,

This year marks an amazing milestone:  The 25th Anniversary of Project HOME.   When we think back to our early days of building relationships with the men and women on the streets and opening those first emergency shelters, we are truly in awe at all that has been accomplished.  Your support, participation and leadership played a critical role in creating a brighter future filled with hope and opportunity.

 

During the bitter cold spell earlier this month, with a Code Blue emergency and life-threatening temperatures, our outreach teams along with our partner organizations worked long hours, pouring themselves out tirelessly. With other staff and residents helping out, they brought people in off the streets,out of the cold, encouraging them to take the first small steps toward breaking the vicious cycle of chronic homelessness. 

 

During the bitter cold spell earlier this month, with a Code Blue emergency and life-threatening temperatures, our outreach teams along with our partner organizations worked long hours,pouring themselves out tirelessly. With other staff and residents helping out, they brought people in off the streets,out of the cold, encouraging them to take the first small steps toward breaking the vicious cycle of chronic homelessness. 

 

Our Executive Director, S. Mary Scullion, gave the keynote address at the April 17 Graduation Ceremony of the Philadelphia Peer Leadership Academy. PPLA is  a 13-week training designed to promote the leadership skills of those people in recovery who have an earnest desire to help continue to shape and refine the behavioral health care system, as part of the ongoing system transformation movement.

 

On May 16, Project HOME held our annual Young Leaders Event, which was a fundraiser for our youth programs. Our Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion greeted the crowd of over 350 friends and supporters with these words:

 

On March 20, Project HOME's Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion was invited to present testimony to Philadelphia City Council's Committee on Public Health and Human Services about the possible impact on the City of Philadelphia of Governor Corbett's proposed state budget.  Here is the statement she presented.

 

Last Thursday, November 3, Project HOME's co-founder and Associate Executive Director Joan Dawson McConnon spoke at a rally in Philadelphia about cuts to the state Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP). Here is the text of her remarks -- also see below for action steps you can take. The rally was held by Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Occupy Philly.

 

The following is an excerpt from a talk by our co-founders Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon, who were honored by the University of Notre Dame with the 2011 Laetare Medal, the most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. You can view this speech in its entirety on YouTube.

 

In June 2010, our co-founder and Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion was invited to submit to the “This I Believe” audio essay project, in which persons describe the core values that guide their daily lives. Sister Mary’s essay was broadcast on Philadelphia’s public radio station WHYY-FM.  Here is a transcription of that audio essay.

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