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Bernard Conner and John Spanier are both students who attend digital music classes at Project HOME’s Teen Program at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs.  As part of an ongoing project, students are involved in developing their own record label – Inner Power Records.  They have plans to release their first full-length album in just a few months.  Bernard, who is the front man for the label, spends a majority of his time writing and recording songs with other students in the class.

 

On March 20, Project HOME's Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion was invited to present testimony to Philadelphia City Council's Committee on Public Health and Human Services about the possible impact on the City of Philadelphia of Governor Corbett's proposed state budget.  Here is the statement she presented.

 

The following is a personal reflection from Will O’Brien, who has been part of the Project HOME community for over twenty years.  As part of his work, he acts as a liaison to the faith community. 

 

John Middleton spoke at the March 5 Grand Opening of Project HOME’s newest residence, James Widener Ray Homes.  John and his wife Leigh (who serves on Project HOME’s Board of Trustees) made a transformative leadership gift to Ray Homes through the Middleton Housing Partnership.

 

Hyacinth King is a long-time resident of Project HOME and one of the leaders in our community. She works with our Outreach Coordination Center, is active in our Advocacy Committee, and serves on our Board of Trustees. Last week, on February 4, her mother, Theora King, passed away. Hyacinth shares her reflections in the wake of losing her mother, who was a great supporter of Project HOME and a great strength in Hyacinth's life.

 

While at 1515 Fairmount's Employment Services Department, the Mayor emphasized his commitment to finding new ways to combat an old problem (unemployment by those who were previously homeless or who are poor).

 

For more than a decade, James W. Ray was trapped in a fog of drugs and mental illness. In and out of hospitals and emergency rooms, he sometimes landed in halfway houses or jail, one step from the streets.

He told anyone who would listen that he was a rich man. That his family once had a 110-room mansion with masterpieces by Rembrandt and Renoir, and ancestral portraits by John Singer Sargent. That his great-granddad owned a racetrack in Miami.

 

We are excited to announce our newest line of Holiday cards featuring artwork and creative expressions by some of our talented residents. One of the cards, shown here, features a painting by Felice Ross, a resident at our Connelly House residence. The inside of the card contains a poem written by April Parker, who also resides at Connelly House. (She was profiled earlier in this blog.)

"Home"

By April Venesha Parker

 

This past week, members of the Project HOME community gathered for a memorial service for Billy Hope, a resident who passed away recently. Billy was part of our very first emergency winter shelter in 1989, and stayed connected to us ever since then. In honor of Billy, we republish this post, which was originally published last May. Billy is the resident described in the second paragraph -- a testimony to his generous spirit despite many rough years on the streets.

 

Last Thursday, November 3, Project HOME's co-founder and Associate Executive Director Joan Dawson McConnon spoke at a rally in Philadelphia about cuts to the state Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP). Here is the text of her remarks -- also see below for action steps you can take. The rally was held by Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Occupy Philly.

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