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This past week, members of the Project HOME community gathered for a memorial service for Billy Hope, a resident who passed away recently. Billy was part of our very first emergency winter shelter in 1989, and stayed connected to us ever since then. In honor of Billy, we republish this post, which was originally published last May. Billy is the resident described in the second paragraph -- a testimony to his generous spirit despite many rough years on the streets.

Anabel Genevitz is a student at Arcadia University, and volunteers with Project HOME's Education and Advocacy Department.

You might think that Project HOME’s success in empowering men and women to break the cycle of chronic homelessness is due to very competent and committed staff. And that’s certainly a large part of it.  But another very important factor, one that has been growing tremendously in the past few years, is the role that residents play in supporting each other.

 
When Benjamin Mitchell first arrived at Project HOME in 1998, he felt a spark of hope. 
 
“I had heard people treated you with dignity and respect, and that the conditions were livable.”

He needed hope.  A native of some of the mean streets in North Philadelphia, Ben bore scars from a long battle with homelessness and addiction.  From his early days, he fell into what he described as the more seedy parts of the neighborhood.

 

Frank Miller is a St. Elizabeth’s Recovery Residence Alumni and former employee of the HOME Page Café.  In addition to volunteering in his community, Frank has recently competed a certification as a Network Cable Specialist and is continuing to seek competitive employment.

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