Residents & Alumni Stories

David, a resident of James Widener Ray Homes and sales associate at HOME Spun Resale Boutique, experienced homelessness for 25 years before coming in. Now, he is a lynchpin of the Project HOME community and a welcome face at the boutique. Thank you for helping David come HOME.

Mike, a resident of JBJ Soul Homes, describes his years as a member of the Project HOME community as "transformative." We're so thankful to you for helping Mike find his way home, and we hope you will continue to work with us in 2018 and beyond as we strive to end homelessness in Philadelphia for good.

Unexpected Turns: Wes' Story

Andrea Szyper worked with Project HOME in the 1990s.  She does occasional volunteer writing for this blog.

“When I am posing I have time to think.”

Wes, an occasional artists' model (just one of his art-related endeavors), is a man who is finally at peace with his own thoughts.

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.

The following article is featured in the Summer 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.

 

Benjamin Pinto is a poet and Project HOME resident.

RAGGED OLD FLAG

From Crisis to Hope

Katie Dougherty says it with a painful bluntness:  “I didn’t grow up hoping to be a heroin addict.”  And she could hardly have foreseen the eventual consequences when almost fifteen years ago a doctor prescribed Percocet for her severe back pain.  Because of how it improved her mood – easing depression and anxiety – she gradually became addicted.  Within a few short years, her life was a living nightmare.  “There I was, a mother of four from a good background, lost in Kensington doing whatever I had to do to get another hit.”

Evockeeah, now a resident at our Francis House of Peace residence, endured a harrowing, dehumanizing housing experience before securing her home. Last week she shared her heartbreaking story at our weekly morning inspiration meeting.

Elizabeth “Izzy” Fletcher lives at our Ray Homes residence and volunteers as a resident leader in many areas of our mission.  She recently shared some of her story at a Tuesday morning Inspirational Meeting with fellow members of the Project HOME community.

 

When I first came to Project HOME, I was broken: molested at a young age and an adult; lost my children to DHS; and chronically homeless since 12 years old.

I am a survivor constantly working on my broken wings.

Michelle Sheppard is a resident of Ray Homes.  This profile of her was originally published in the Journey of Hope newsletter.

 

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