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The following article is featured in the Fall 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.  If you want to subscribe, click here.

 

It was not unusual for Joan Hutton, a long-time staff member of Project HOME, to stop and talk to persons on the streets of Center City who appeared to be homeless.  But Mike Saunders was special. 

In honor of Veterans Day, we share this powerful poem/memoir by Benjamin P., a member of Project HOME and a veteran. He recited this poem at a recent community gathering, including photos of his squadron mates he honors in this poem. We thank Ben and all veterans for their service – and we pray for the families and friends of veterans who gave their lives for our country.

s.y.o.t.o.s.
(see you on the other side)

a poem by Benjamin P.

For six winters, the Hub of Hope has served as a walk-in engagement center located in the concourses. Now, through a partnership between SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and Project HOME, the Hub of Hope will expand, moving into a permanent location in the concourse to offer year-round services.

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VOTE November 7!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 7
Polls are open from 7 AM - 8 PM

This election is critical for the future of our city!  There are multiple Philadelphia elections that will be on the ballot including District Attorney, City Controller, Court of Common Pleas, and Municipal Court. There are also several races for judges on the PA Supreme Court, the PA Superior Court, and the PA Commonwealth Court.

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The following article is featured in the Fall 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.  If you want to subscribe, click here.

 

Breaking Ground on the Gloria Casarez Residence

On December 6, Project HOME will make history and break ground on Gloria Casarez Residence, a four-story, 36,547 square-foot new construction. 30 LGBTQ friendly affordable homes will be built for young adults (ages 18-23 at entry) who are homeless, have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, including those aging out of foster care. This is the first permanent supportive housing of this kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and among the first in the nation. It is the first of two planned residences to be built on this site.

 

The Philadelphia Homeless Memorial Day Planning Committee is reaching out to you to help gather the names of homeless and formerly homeless women, men, and children who died in 2017 (and since last year’s remembrance on 12/21/16). This year’s Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 21. The location is Thomas Paine Plaza and the time is 5:00 p.m. Please join us. Details here.

Mark your calendars: November 28th is #GivingTuesday!

Be part of the movement that helps change lives in our community. Please join the national celebration of generosity and help create positive change.

Last year, over 166 donor friends helped raise more than $62,000 in donations which went directy toward creating homes and offering supportive programming to those in need. 

Modern Hero recently produced a beautiful video giving insight into Sister Mary's devotion to people experiencing homelessness and living in poverty, the origins of Project HOME, and what we are doing today to end homelessness in Philadelphia for good. A must watch!

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