HOME Word Blog

Qasim Moore, Program Manager at Project HOME, joined with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania recently to discuss the importance of affordable housing and recovery. Our thanks to Rep. Dwight Evans for his time and for representing us in the 2nd District.

Evockeeah, now a resident at our Francis House of Peace residence, endured a harrowing, dehumanizing housing experience before securing her home. Last week she shared her heartbreaking story at our weekly morning inspiration meeting.

Elizabeth “Izzy” Fletcher lives at our Ray Homes residence and volunteers as a resident leader in many areas of our mission.  She recently shared some of her story at a Tuesday morning Inspirational Meeting with fellow members of the Project HOME community.

 

When I first came to Project HOME, I was broken: molested at a young age and an adult; lost my children to DHS; and chronically homeless since 12 years old.

I am a survivor constantly working on my broken wings.

We recently experienced a loss in our community:  Gunnar Brown, who lived at our Kate’s Place Residence, passed away on February 28.  In his honor, Kate’s Place Program Manager Qasim Moore wrote the following poem:

 

I Saw a Man

I saw a man today in a fight for his life

I saw a man turn left today for his path not always right

I saw a man reach out today as if reaching for his soul

Day Without A Woman

Many people are taking action on International Women’s Day on March 8 as part of the “A Day Without a Woman” campaign  – a movement for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity. 

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Project HOME Community is gathering for a noon potluck to celebrate and honor the struggle of women in our community.

Michelle Sheppard is a resident of Ray Homes.  This profile of her was originally published in the Journey of Hope newsletter.

 

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.

 

Joan Dawson McConnon Named One of 10 "Women Who Are Making a Difference" By Affordable Housing Finance

Project HOME co-founder, Associate Executive Director, and Chief Financial Officer Joan Dawson McConnon was recently named one of 10 women "who have reached the top of the affordable housing industry driven not just by a job but by a deeply felt cause" by Affordable Housing Finance. Click below to the profile.

Rachel Ehrgood knows how beautiful art can be – but she also strongly believes in its transformational power, for individuals and for our society.

For the past four years, Rachel has served as coordinator of Project HOME’s Arts Program.  A core part of her work is facilitating workshops for residents and community members, featuring a variety of art mediums through which participants explore various concepts and ideas as well as aspects of their selves.

The following article is featured in the winter 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.  You can read the whole newsletter online here.  If you want to subscribe, click here.

Michael Koziski lives at our Connelly House residence.

 

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