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Spirit of Generosity: SEPTA

Of the ten largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia ranks first in poverty and deep poverty. Like all major cities, Philadelphia lacks enough affordable housing and thousands have been impacted by the opioid crisis. Many struggling with homelessness and addiction increasingly seek shelter in SEPTA’s stations and terminals when they feel they have nowhere else to go. 

This story originally appeared in our winter edition of News from HOME.

When it was created eight years ago, the mission of the PECO/Exelon Veterans Employment and Training Program was to use the restorative power of work, education, and community to help formerly homeless veterans in recovery remake their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. And it has done just that.

We were saddened to learn that one of earliest and strongest supporters, Dr. Eugene Garfield, passed away on February 26.  In his honor, we reprint this article about him, which was first published in the Winter 2013 edition of our News from HOME newsletter.


The “E” in Project HOME spoke to Richard Brinkman in a particular way. Education wasn’t just important in Brinkman’s life–it changed his life. More important, access to education shaped his life, and the ripples are still being felt in his own family


Raised on the western side of Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, John and Ruth McKevitt learned to thrive as transplants. They made Ann Arbor, Michigan, their home for the first half of their 63-year marriage, and Philadelphia home for the second.

John, born in 1919, grew up in Ironwood, Michigan, where his Irish – Catholic family served the immigrant ore miners and mining businessmen with a funeral home and furniture store.


This story originally appeared in our winter edition of News from HOME.

PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia region’s most active corporate citizens, providing more than $5 million in financial support to educational, arts and culture, diversity, environmental, economic development, and community programs and organizations in 2014. 


In late 1989, three sisters – Josephine Mandeville, Emily Riley, and Christine Connelly – heeded the urging of their aunt, Sister M. Henrietta Connelly, RSM, to get to know two inspiring young women: a “feisty” nun and a recent MBA graduate, who were working with persons experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. When they visited Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon (at this time, it was Joan Dawson), they brought with them a box of Christmas chocolates and a check for $100,000.It was the start of a beautiful friendship.

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