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Khalaf was a dropout from high school. His family had been through years of homelessness, and his experienceof failing schools left him with enormous educational deficits.

 

Our Executive Director, S. Mary Scullion, gave the keynote address at the April 17 Graduation Ceremony of the Philadelphia Peer Leadership Academy. PPLA is  a 13-week training designed to promote the leadership skills of those people in recovery who have an earnest desire to help continue to shape and refine the behavioral health care system, as part of the ongoing system transformation movement.

 

During this Easter week, we share this spiritual reflection, written several years ago by Will O’Brien. Will has been a member of the Project HOME for over 23 years. A version of this article was originally published in Sojourners magazine.

It was Easter Sunday, and I was in the mental ward.

 

Mira is an alumna of Project HOME. Soft-spoken and always elegantly dressed, she frequently comes back to Project HOME to participate in alumni events, our speakers bureau, and advocacy efforts. On her recent visit, she shared some serious concerns: As she is following the media debate about gun violence, she is worried that the general public is getting a skewed view of mental illness.

 

Karen Orrick is the Project Coordinator for the Hub of Hope and Strategic Initiatives.

K. Earl left Philadelphia in 2000, running from a past that would eventually catch up with him.

After two stints in prison, K. Earl found himself back in Philadelphia, where he bounced in and out of halfway houses, shelters, bus stations, and the street, all the while hiding his duress from his family. 

 

Jenna Bryant is the manager of the HOME Spun Resale Boutique, formerly Our Daily Threads.

Employment can hold different meanings to different people. For some, it is the result of years of study and sacrifice, a realization of their ambition and dreams. Others may consider their jobs just that: a means by which they fund a lifestyle outside of work, whether it is to support a family or to finance an assortment of interests. Still others may perceive their employment as transitory, a mechanism to explore themselves and their place in the world.

 

On December 19, at the annual Philadelphia Homeless Memorial Day service, one of the persons who was being remembered was Roosevelt Darby. Roosevelt , who passed away in 2012, was a long-time advocate, who used his own experience of homelessness as a fuel to empower others to overcome their struggles. Dainette Mintz, the City of Philadelphia's Director of the Office of Supportive Housing, knew Roosevelt well and worked closely with him for many years. At the Homeless Memorial Day service, she shared this beautiful remembrance of Roosevelt.

 

It was the late 1980s, and Dr. Eugene Garfield came across an article about Sister Mary Scullion. The article told of her work at the Women of Hope residences, through which practically all of the women living on the streets with serious mental illness had been able to find a place to live. 

 

The following article appears in the new edition of  "News from HOME," the newly designed Project HOME newsletter, which was mailed to our supporters. Subscribe here.

 

On Monday, February 4, representatives of several organizations across the Philadelphia area met with Congressman Chaka Fattah’s Chief of Staff Bonnie Bowser to discuss the looming possibility of 8.2 percent across-the-board cuts to federal housing and homelessness programs.

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