HOME Word Blog

Jenna Bryant coordinated this year’s PIT Count Coordinator for Project HOME's Outreach Coordination Center.

 

These have been some turbulent days in our nation.  Most particularly, the Trump Administration’s executive order to ban travel from seven Muslim nations has stirred many Americans to hit the streets, insisting that our nation maintain its tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees.

D. Qasim Moore, MHS, MAT, is Program Manager of Project HOME’s Kate’s Place residence in Center City Philadelphia.  He shares this beautiful reflection on our young people.

 

In recent years, we have often seen news segments reporting on Center City students involved in some type of mayhem – flash mobs, fighting, shoplifting and or disorderly conduct.  This contributes to very negative public attitudes about Philadelphia students and young people in general.

On December 13, we lost a beloved friend and colleague, Ed Speedling.  Our Executive Director, S. Mary Scullion, shared reflections on what Ed meant to us at his memorial service on January 7.

 

Ed Speedling was a beloved colleague and friend to all of us in the Project HOME community.  Ed was a transformational person and leader!

We are still early into the new year, so we wanted to take a look back on the biggest Project HOME stories from 2016. 

It was a busy and eventful year, with lots of significant accomplishments, new challenges, and a few surprises.  Here are some of the highlights:

Doing What Counts | 2017 PIT Count

Jenna Bryant is the PIT Count Coordinator for Project HOME's Outreach Coordination Center.

 

 

An editorial from S. Mary from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Elaine, a 37-year-old veteran and talented artist, was homeless in a wheelchair, having lost her legs to frostbite. She suffered from severe PTSD and addiction. Veterans' organizations and other community groups were working with her to help her to break out of homelessness, but early one August morning she was struck by a drunken driver and killed.

 

Who 
Hundreds of Philadelphians will join Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Councilman Derek Green, Councilwoman Helen Gym, Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME, homeless outreach organizers and community leaders.

What 
Homeless Memorial Day Philadelphia, an annual event commemorated in over 150 localities across the United States on or near the first day of winter, recognizes those who have lost their lives while homeless or experienced homelessness. This year’s memorial will include:

A Christmas Story

This is a Christmas reflection written several years ago by Will O’Brien, a member of the Project HOME community.  As we look to this year’s Christmas celebration, and as we are preparing for this year’s Homeless Memorial Day, it seems worthwhile to share this.

An Evening of Song with Temple University

The Project HOME Choir joined with the Temple University Choir in their concert on Tuesday, November 29 in Temple's Performing Arts Center for a night of song, and it did not disappoint!

The hour-long program featured songs from around the world sung by Temple University’s Concert Choir who had invited the Project HOME choir to join in two special pieces, including the premier of “We Are HOME”—the Project HOME anthem, jointly written by Dr. Paul Rardin, the Elaine Brown Chair in Choral Music at Temple University and Project HOME’s own Annette Jeffrey.

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