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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.

This vignette from the short film "Vets Finding a Home" focuses on Dionne Stallworth and her struggles with homelessness and identity in the years after her military service ended.

 

Julia Binswanger is a student at Bowdoin College who is volunteering her writing skills for Project HOME this summer. 

Fifty-one-year-old Antoine Parks is a fighter.

From 1981 to 1993 this South Philadelphia native was stationed in Iraq. There he worked in artillery and served in direct combat. In short, he risked his life for our country so that those of us at home don’t have to. Thus, one would assume that in 1993, after over ten years of service when Antoine was finally discharged, he would be done fighting.

 

Although it is a beautiful view, could you ever imagine the limbs of a pine tree being your roof and vista from the dirt floor of your home? For Kevin Weldon, this was his view as he lay underneaththe tree in Pennypack Park where he lived on and off for the last 20 years. 

Kevin’s struggle with homelessness began in 1990 when his wife left him. He started to drink, and he eventually lost his job as a police officer. He lived on the streets and did not care anymore. 

 

It was the late 1980s, and Dr. Eugene Garfield came across an article about Sister Mary Scullion. The article told of her work at the Women of Hope residences, through which practically all of the women living on the streets with serious mental illness had been able to find a place to live. 

 

Project HOME staff member Nicole Paul, who coordinates the Philadelphia Alliance for Supportive Services for Veteran Families, recently gave testimony at Philadelphia City Council’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Housing, Homeless and Neighborhood Development, on September 11, 2012. She spoke about Project HOME’s efforts, in partnership with other local agencies, to work with veterans and veterans’ families who are experiencing or are on the brink of homelessness.

 

United States military veteran and current Kate's Place resident Stanley Shelton's struggles with homelessness, addiction, and depression and his subsequent recovery provide a perfect case study for the efficacy of vet-centered service organizations.

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