[NEWS] Executive in Residence: Sr. Mary Scullion uses the revolution of tenderness to aid homelessness | Project HOME

[NEWS] Executive in Residence: Sr. Mary Scullion uses the revolution of tenderness to aid homelessness

 

From The Loquitur

To change one person’s life is no easy feat. But to change the lives of hundreds upon hundreds leaves an indelible mark left on a community.

David Brown and Michael Oliveri were both homeless for 25 and 15 years, respectively.

David Brown (left) and Michael Oliveri (right) at the Executive in Residence presentation. Photo by Hope Daluisio.
Brown began living on the streets at the age of 14.

“I never went to high school. I never learned how to read or write,” Brown said.

He has a third-grade reading level and a ninth-grade math level.

“I lived in Rittenhouse Square, which is one of the most affluent properties in the city,” Oliveri said. “But, I lived on a bench in the park.”

As much tragedy and hardship these two men faced on the streets, that was not the end of their story; it did not define them.

Both men were invited off the streets by a Sister of Mercy – Sister Mary Scullion.