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Part of our life as a community is sharing in the pain when one of our members passes away.  Last week, we lost a long-time resident who was dear to many of us.  Craig Barbour lived at our Kate's Place residence, where he moved in 2012 after several years at 1515 Fairmount Avenue.  In his honor, we reprint this blog piece from 2011, which focused on him,  It was written by Anabel Genevitz, then a student at Arcadia University and intern with Project HOME, and later a staff member.

 

David Brown | 25th Anniversary of Project HOME

Tall, dignified, and sharply dressed, David Brown cuts an impressive figure. It’s a far cry from what he looked like just a few years ago.

When Project HOME was just starting out in 1989, David Brown had already logged several years on the streets. In fact, he spent 25 years on the streets – most of them under the awning of the old Youth Study Center, now the site of the Barnes Foundation. A troubled youth with little education or work experience gave him few options, so he toughed it out, along with many others experiencing chronic homelessness.

Dionne Stallworth | 25th Anniversary of Project HOME

Dionne Stallworth insists that you can’t fully understand her if you don’t understand her attraction to superheroes. 

Her posters of Batman, Wonder Woman, et al, testify to her belief that “one person has the power to bring about change.” Dionne has been bringing about change for many years – starting with herself. From her battles with mental illness and homelessness, she has found a home at Project HOME’s Connelly House.

Among the celebrants that joined Project HOME on Tuesday, April 22 to witness the grand opening of JBJ Soul Homes was new youth resident Cheryl Ann Davis.

Cheryl Ann is one of  several young people aging out of foster care and taking up residence at JBJ Soul Homes, and her thoughtful, beautiful remarks brought tears to the eyes of many at Tuesday's grand opening. 

Hyacinth King | Project HOME 25th Anniversary

It wasn’t supposed to be this way for Hyacinth King.  As a young person, she had a solid path ahead of her:  She went from a private elite high school to Temple University, where she studied business, with the probability of someday taking over her parents’ independent grocery store.  She hadn’t planned on the severe mental illness that would disrupt that path, causing her to live first in her car, then later in cardboard boxes on the streets of Center City.

Julia Galetti | Project HOME 25th Anniversary

Julia Galetti is very clear when she describes her life these days:  “I am an empowered woman!”

That spirit of empowerment is hard won.  She has overcome addiction, family trauma, and homelessness, and now resides at 1515 Fairmount Avenue, which has been her home for the past decade.  After twenty-three years clean, she still is diligent in maintaining her recovery – “I never want to go back to being homeless again.”

 

“Every day I wake up, the first thing that I do is thank the Lord for letting me see another day clean and sober.”

Crystal Lincoln has certainly come a long way from where she in her life before coming to Project HOME: struggling to avoid the streets and to overcome a mean addiction. She had transitioned between residing with her sister and family to living in recovery programs and homeless shelters. She was unable to provide for her two youngest daughters and could not keep them under her care.

 

Taisha Shaw is a case manager at Project HOME's Rowan Homes.

With over a decade of sobriety under her belt Ms. Taryn Perkins is a shining star in the Project HOME Rowan Homes’ community.  Having been born and raised in the biggest city in Delaware Ms. Taryn made a choice to seek assistance and support in Philadelphia and hasn’t looked back.  Committed to growth and change Ms. Taryn has taken the opportunities before her to excel and become an outstanding example for not only her daughters and son but her whole community.

 

Holly McBride did her measure best to keep her children out of the Philadelphia shelter system.

For years, she worked hard to find them spare spaces with family members and friends, but her options eventually ran out and Holly and her children were forced into a shelter system she had successfully avoided for so long.

Luckily, their stay would be a short one. In 2008, the 28-year-old mom was able to move her twin boys, Thomas and Gabriel, into Project HOME's Rowan Homes residence, and she hasn't looked back.

 

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.

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