Partners & Allies Stories

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.

The following article is in the just-released spring edition of our News from HOME print newsletter.

Caroline Komanecky is a student at Jefferson Medical College. She volunteered for the January 28 Point In Time Census of persons who are homeless on the streets. These are her reflections on her experience.

As I walked the dark and cold streets of Center City at 2 am, I saw a man laying outside of a WaWa, surrounded by vomit. I walked over to him with one of my PIT (Point in Time) Count teammates as he perked up and said “Hey, I remember you, Doctor Caroline!”

 

Raised on the western side of Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, John and Ruth McKevitt learned to thrive as transplants. They made Ann Arbor, Michigan, their home for the first half of their 63-year marriage, and Philadelphia home for the second.

John, born in 1919, grew up in Ironwood, Michigan, where his Irish – Catholic family served the immigrant ore miners and mining businessmen with a funeral home and furniture store.

Untying the Knots of the Mind

Dr. Deborah Luepnitz (or “Dr. L.” as she is known at Project HOME) teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and has a private psychoanalytic practice. Fifteen years ago, she began running support groups for staff and residents. In 2005, with a green light from Sister Mary Scullion, she recruited 12 colleagues to offer formerly homeless people long-term, insight-oriented treatment. She calls her group IFA (Insight For All), and they tailor therapy to the needs of the patient, working in ten Project HOME sites.

Meet the Maker – Maurice Grimes – Drexel University Co-Op Sales Coordinator

Seemingly no one walks away from Philadelphia’s Project HOME without being deeply moved in some way. Maurice Grimes, a current Drexel University student and Lower Merion native, is no exception.  Grimes says working alongside the Project HOME residents who have experienced homelessness has been nothing short of transformative.

“I hear their stories. They’ve lived a life that not many do, and it’s an unfortunate one. It makes you feel grateful for anything you have and you see their gratitude for what they’ve escaped. And it’s real. That’s what Project HOME does.”

Documenting the Struggle: Harvey Finkle's Photography

Anyone who walks the hallways of a Project HOME residence, reads News from HOME, or browses our website is captured by the amazing photography of Harvey Finkle. Harvey has been an integral member of the Project HOME community since our founding—and, in a sense, for many years before that. He has committed decades to documenting the struggles of persons on the margins—in Philadelphia, nationally, and internationally.

Emergency Housing Services That Work

Bruce sleeps on Wood Street between 18th and 19th and has for over 10 years, refusing all housing options. But this winter, after multiple outreach engagements, he agreed to sleep inside at the winter respite in the basement of Arch Street United Methodist Church. After a few months of good rest and encouragement, he finally agreed to sign paperwork to connect him to Pathways to Housing PA, a housing-first agency which will link him to his own apartment.

SOWN, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit agency, provides strong support networks and trusted services to older adults in need.

On Thursday mornings, one may see men and women walking along Judson St. to the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL). They are of different ages, some alone, some with a friend, all walking purposefully into the building.

But where might they be headed?

 

This story originally appeared in our winter edition of News from HOME.

PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia region’s most active corporate citizens, providing more than $5 million in financial support to educational, arts and culture, diversity, environmental, economic development, and community programs and organizations in 2014. 

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