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Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and a dear friend of Project HOME, describes violence as stemming from “a lethal absence of hope.  It’s about [people] who can’t imagine a future for themselves.”

How can we infuse our system, our services, our communities, and our world with more hope? How can we cultivate spaces that are safe, rejuvenating, and restorative?

DNC Events Relevant to Poverty and Homelessness

Below are some events related to issues of poverty during the week of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We will update this list as we learn of new events. (Project HOME is not directly endorsing these events.)

Project HOME and PECO recently celebrated the graduation of the latest PECO/Exelon Veterans Training and Employment Program class. The video above was shown as part of the presentation and highlights the program and graduate Thomas Walker, Jr., who is emblematic of the fine men and women who have successfully passed through the program over the years.

It is with great sadness but also gratitude that we wind up five remarkable years of the HOME Page Café.

A fruitful partnership with the Free Library, the HOME Page Café is closing on July 15 but our partnership will continue in other ways. 

Bill Trimble, who works in our Accounts Payable department, is an amateur historian.  He recently shared some remarkable history that took place just a few miles from his home in New Jersey.  He recommends it as a great historical day trip for local residents.

 

Just outside of Mt. Holly, New Jersey in Burlington County, is a small unincorporated settlement named Timbuctoo.  It is home to a little-known but important chapter in the U.S. struggle for freedom for all our people.

Tara Levine is a Saint Joseph’s University Student and Social Media Intern in our Social Enterprise Program.

On June 12, thousands of individuals were brought together during the Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival. The Project HOME Social Enterprise team was among these individuals, serving as a vendor during the festival celebration at the Great Plaza at Penn’s landing.

On the floor in the lobby of Project HOME's JBJ Soul Homes residence is a beautiful mural suggestive of water, surrounded by a quote from Elie Wiesel:  “An act of love may tip the balance.”  This quote was recommended by John and Leigh Middleton, dear friends and partners, who  were major partners in the development of JBJ Soul Homes.

We are very excited to announce that Project HOME artist James Webster will have two of his pieces on display as part of an exhibit at PhilaMOCA, an alternative art space at 12th and Spring Garden Streets.   The show is titled “ ’Merica,” and will open with a reception this Friday, July 1.  The exhibit will hang through the end of the Democratic National Convention (July 28).

Nazir Griffin, a 3rd grader, participated in the K-8 After School Program

We had another wonderful and successful year in Project HOME's K-8 Program, and we are so proud of our young people.

The K-8 After-School Program at the Honickman Learning Center/Comcast Technology Labs emphasizes academic skill development in the areas of literacy, math, and technology, as well as providing fun, stimulating enrichment activities such as hip hop dance, clay-making with The Clay Studio’s Claymobile, and sewing.

2016 Hub of Hope Report

The Hub of Hope was a walk-in engagement center run by Project HOME located in the concourses under Two Penn Center in Philadelphia. It provided social and health services from January through April 2016 to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness who lived in Center City. Below is the summary from the full 2016 outcomes report.

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