Kensington

 By Kymberly Bays and Tim Brodwater

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

[vimeo 20290741] Thomas McNamara has perfected the art of deadpanning. Catching his acquaintances off guard with each zing, he speaks in short spurts, with a cadence that almost reminds you of Bob Hope. A smile and chuckle greet you at each end of each of his sentences. In short, he’s anything but dull. His conversations […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: New Arts High School Product Of Concerned Student Efforts

Kensington: New Arts High School Product Of Concerned Student Efforts

[vimeo 18391422] When Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts opens at its new Front and Berks location in September, community group Youth United for Change will have realized a major victory in its neighborhood school reform goals. The organization has been in existence since 1991. Most recent successes have occurred in the last […]

 By Tim Brodwater

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

[vimeo 18391440] Haven Youth Center in Kensington is a community youth group that supports and encourages HIV-positive youth to stay in school and be productive citizens. Haven’s mission includes providing educational, social and recreational activities to the community.  The organization acts as a “safe haven” from the stigma the youth may face within their schools, […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Non-Profit Efforts Spurring Economic Revitalization in Commercial Corridor

Kensington: Non-Profit Efforts Spurring Economic Revitalization in Commercial Corridor

[vimeo 18391229] The Philadelphia city government initiative known as “ReStoring Philadelphia’s Economic Corridors” has been active in helping revitalize certain community commercial corridors sections since 2007. When launched three years ago, then-Mayor John Street and City Council jointly pushed this effort towards re-establishing communities as safe places to work, shop and socialize. One of the […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Conflicting Feelings on Progress in Latino Neighborhood

Kensington: Conflicting Feelings on Progress in Latino Neighborhood

[vimeo 18391394] Terrific is how Marcelino Esgailin describes Philadelphia’s Kensington community when he moved into that area in 1955 from Puerto Rico — a Caribbean island that many forget is a part of the United States. “It used to be good, but now it’s getting too much involved with drug dealers and things like that,” […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Timothy Brodwater

Kensington: Partnership Bringing Green Development

Kensington: Partnership Bringing Green Development

[vimeo 18391399] If there’s one thing the New Kensington Community Development Corp. (NKCDC) wants you to know it’s the fact that it’s an exciting time to live in the evolving neighborhood of East Kensington. The organization has emerged as an important fixture in the area ushering in important and effective community programs. Now the NKCDC […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

[vimeo 18391408] It’s an unlikely scene just half a block from the Kensington and Somerset stop under the Market-Frankford line. Amid the shadows of “the El” and barely past the illicit activities of the intersection, there is a building that’s easy to miss. It doesn’t help that at one time it was vacant for 15 […]

 By Charlie Lange

Fairhill/Kensington: Innovative Food Center Helps City’s Hungriest

Fairhill/Kensington: Innovative Food Center Helps City’s Hungriest

[vimeo 20204619] Few  American cities display more tangible signs of poverty than Philadelphia. For most, though, the idea of going hungry is almost unthinkable. Unfortunately, hunger does happen. A survey released last week by the Food Research and Action Committee named Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, which includes parts of North and South Philadelphia, the second-hungriest […]

 By Melanie Menkevich and Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Will Run for Beer

Fishtown: Will Run for Beer

[vimeo 20291164] Free beer was less than 10 minutes away but took 30 minutes to find. The meandering roads of Fishtown led to the winding streets of Kensington and then finally to the stark brick façade of the Philadelphia Brewing Co. (PBC). “Are you looking for the tour?” asked a man moving boxes of freshly […]

 By LaToya Allen

Kensington: A Different Approach to Health Care

Kensington: A Different Approach to Health Care

When most people think of receiving adequate health care, they tend to only think of maintaining their physical health. Esperanza Health Center takes it one step further and focuses on more than just the physical aspect of health care by taking into consideration the emotional and spiritual well-being of its patients. Esperanza Health Center is […]