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Several members of the Project HOME community participated in “100% Philadelphia,” a theater piece that was part of last summer’s Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival.  One hundred different Philadelphians, representing the overall demographics of the city, shared their stories.  One of the participants was Emanuel Havens, a Project HOME alumni and participant in our Arts Program. He is also a talented musician, who performs frequently at Project HOME events.

Several members of the Project HOME community participated in “100% Philadelphia,” a theater piece that was part of the Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival. One hundred different Philadelphians, representing the overall demographics of the city, shared their stories. One of the participants was Tyrice Gilmore, who lives at our Connelly House residence.

On July 5, 2014 a fast-moving three-alarm fire took the lives of four children in Southwest Philadelphia. Firefighters were called to the 6500 block of Gesner Street at 2:00 am. The flames from the fire engulfed four dwellings. It took four hours for fire fighters to gain control of the situation. It was only at this time that the firefighters were able to search the homes. During their search, they discovered the bodies of a one-month-old baby boy, a four-year-old boy and four-year-old twin girls.

St. Elizabeth's Recovery Residence

During our 25th anniversary this year, we are republishing stories from our past. Roy Maddrey was a resident of St. Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence and later The Crossing, Project HOME’s former transitional residence in West Philadelphia. This article was published in the Project HOME newsletter in June 1993.

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Steven Reed learned some hard lessons while living on the street for nearly 25 years.

But now Steven, a teacher by training and temperment, is working to convey those lessons to a new generation of Philadelphians as a tutor at our Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL).

Taste of HOME Street Festival | Photo by Jay Gorodetzer Photography | Image may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission.

On Friday, June 20, several hundred residents, alumni, volunteers, and current or former staff flooded two blocks of Fairmount Avenue for “A Taste of HOME,” our festive 25th Anniversary community celebration. Adults and youth enjoyed great food, music and dancing, art projects – and the gratification of all being part of an amazing quarter century of this mission of ending homelessness. 

This vignette from the short film "Vets Finding a Home" focuses on Project HOME alum Guy Williams and his struggles with homelessness in the years after his military service ended.

This vignette from the short film "Vets Finding a Home" focuses on Project HOME alum Robert Jenkins and his struggles with homelessness in the years after his military service ended.

This vignette from the short film "Vets Finding a Home" focuses on Project HOME alum Vince Sangmeister and his struggles with homelessness in the years after his military service ended.

This vignette from the short film "Vets Finding a Home" focuses on Project HOME alum Antoine Parks and his struggles with homelessness in the years after his military service ended.

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