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Meet the Maker – Brian Mitchell

Without question, Project HOME is a transformative place. But, for one Project HOME resident, the transformation has been more visible than most. Since moving in to supportive housing in April of 2014, resident Bryan Mitchell has managed to lose 50 pounds and quit smoking. Mitchell, a 50-year-old native of Sharon Hill, describes his time at Project HOME as “therapeutic.” Mitchell started out his workout routine small, building up his endurance by working out 15 minutes at a time. 

On Sunday, July 19th, Amber Sagar, a Project HOME resident at 1515 Fairmount Ave., celebrated her birthday with a fine showing in the 28th Annual Tour de Shore Philadelphia to Atlantic City bicycle race. 

The odyssey began when Amber expressed her desire to participate in this race to Alexis Pugh.  Contact from Employment Services to Temple University was made.  Police Captain, Eileen Bradley, arranged a sponsorship through Temple Police Chief, Charles Leone. Amber happily joined the Temple Team and proudly wore their colors. 

Living on the Edge

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

Kaizer Roberts was floored when he walked into the San Diego conference focused on youth  homelessness. “I was shocked at the number of people working for young people. I grew up in a place where nobody cared about you. Nobody wanted to see you succeed. To see so many people ready to help young people like me get to the next level was mind-blowing.”

Off the Couch

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

Jessica Hartfield shared this reflection at our College Access Program (CAP) graduation  last year. She graduated from the University of  Pennsylvania with a Masters in Social Work in May 2015.

As I look out at you, our CAP participants, I feel as though I have just left those seats. I remember how unsure, intimidated, and apprehensive  about the future I was.

With the grand opening of our Stephen Klein Wellness Center fast approaching, we asked members of the Project HOME community to speak to the importance and impact the facility will have on its North Philadelphia neighborhood.

With the grand opening of our Stephen Klein Wellness Center fast approaching, we asked members of the Project HOME community to speak to the importance and impact the facility will have on its North Philadelphia neighborhood.

 

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

Josie Nyame remembers vividly that low point of her life: “My whole world was crumbling around me.” She had been evicted from her Section 8 housing, and her four children placed with their father. Homeless, sleeping on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and on a bench in Logan Square, she knew she had to change her life.

Her fellow residents at Project HOME call her “the Maestro.”  And when you hear Karen Benedetti’s piano playing, you’ll know that the name fits. 

For over 10 years, both Karen and her music have graced the Project HOME community.  Every day, she sits at her shiny personal upright piano in the 1515 community room and plays her amazing music – jazz, pop, oldies, a touch of classical – impressing all who hear her. 

 

It was the day after Christmas 2012, and Robert Long was out of options.

The New Jersey native had seen his share of misery. From a childhood he describes as tough, to an adulthood marred by depression, substance abuse and divorce, he'd experienced more than enough to land him on Philadelphia's streets.

Still, for Long, a soft-spoken man with an affable manner and eyes that have witnessed too much, homelessness was beyond the pale.

 

Last month, a group of residents, alumni, staff, and friends of Project HOME gathered at our Kate’s Place residence for Café 25, one in a series of nights of storytelling that are being held throughout 2014 to mark our 25th Anniversary year. Several residents shared their personal stories, and the stories were powerful, indeed.

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