“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.
Will O’Brien has been a member of the Project HOME community for almost 25 years. He serves as Special Projects Coordinator.
Sometimes, upon making a new acquaintance, I get the typical question about what kind of work I do. And I obligingly give a brief description of Project HOME. Not infrequently, the response carries with it a subtle or not so subtle insinuation that such work must be hard, challenging, and even depressing.
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.
Here at Project HOME, we have long recognized that the solution to homelessness may begin with a roof and four walls, but must also include relationships and belonging in a vibrant community. Volunteers at Project HOME are often largely responsible for bringing people together.
The spring edition of our News from HOME newsletter is hitting mailboxes this week. We are reprinting here one of our front-page stories, about our second annual Hub of Hope winter initiative. To read the entire newsletter online, click here.
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.
In 2010, S. Joanne Whitaker might have considered stepping into her golden years of retirement. After all, she had already logged practically a half century as a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious order, first in teaching and later in serving some of the most vulnerable and needy populations.