Nicetown

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Program Teaches ‘Values Through Sports’

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Program Teaches ‘Values Through Sports’

Every Saturday, the sound of children playing outside, basketballs hitting the pavement or children running around sharing their new piece of artwork to others are common occurrences at the New Creation Community Center, located on 162 W. Tioga Street. Seven years ago, Director R. Scott Thornton began the program Values Through Sports to help children […]

 By Kate Trowbridge

Allegheny: Gun Violence Decreases But Still a Large Problem

Allegheny: Gun Violence Decreases But Still a Large Problem

Incidents involving guns have prompted citizens in the Allegheny, Nicetown and Tioga area to take a proactive stand against violence. Groups like Men United For A Better Philadelphia and programs like Cradle 2 Grave were created with the intent to bring awareness to gun violence in hopes of diminishing it in this neighborhood and in the […]

 By Kate Trowbridge and Siena Mazero

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Family Center Works to Help the Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Family Center Works to Help the Community

Mercy Family Center, located at 1939 W. Venango St., provides care and assistance to anyone in the Nicetown-Tioga area who may need it. The center got its start when a local parish house realized there was something missing in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. “In 1990, we had three Sisters working in different parishes in Philadelphia. One […]

 By Siena Mazero

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Center Works to End Hunger

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Center Works to End Hunger

A nonprofit that started out small in 1976 has grown to offer several different levels of assistance to neighbors in Nicetown-Tioga. The Nicetown-Tioga neighborhoods have increasingly grown, along with seeing an increase in the amount of its economically-challenged families. According the United States Census Bureau, as of 2012, more than 1 in 3 people in […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown: Community Center Working Towards a Better Neighborhood

Nicetown: Community Center Working Towards a Better Neighborhood

Nicetown Community Development Center President Zakariyya Abdur-Rahman first saw a strong need for a center that would provide a variety of social services to the people of Nicetown in 1999. It was after owning a business and consistently receiving inquires about job openings that Abdur-Rahman said she felt it was time for a change. The […]

 By Kate Trowbridge and Siena Mazero

Nicetown: Boys and Girls Club Provides Safe Alternative After-School Activites

Nicetown: Boys and Girls Club Provides Safe Alternative After-School Activites

The  Shane Victorino Boys and Girls Club, located at 4000 N. Clarissa St., provides children and teenagers with a safe place where they can enjoy sports and other recreational activities with their friends. “Boys and Girls clubs in general were actually created around the time of the Civil War and it was started by a […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: Club Den Provides After-School Program to Students

Nicetown/Tioga: Club Den Provides After-School Program to Students

With the help of the nonprofit To Our Children’s Future With Health Inc., Club Den has grown into a well known after-school center for families. Located at 1422 W. Venango St., the center may appear to be just another house on the block, but since 1998 the after-school program has grown to offer a variety […]

 By Siena Mazero

Tioga/Nicetown: Community Legal Services Opens New Law Center

Tioga/Nicetown: Community Legal Services Opens New Law Center

For over 40 years, Community Legal Services has been providing low-income residents with free legal help. With a new, more convenient location and over 10 areas of specialization, residents are able to turn to a dependable source for help. In a neighborhood where the poverty level is 24 percent greater than the average level in […]

 By Jessie Fox and Kaila Gantt

Nicetown: A Park for All Ages to Enjoy

Nicetown: A Park for All Ages to Enjoy

Nicetown Park, located at 4301 Germantown Ave., caters to community events and offers a playground for young children. The space is also occupied by two open fields that are kept clean and for any outdoor activities. Tyra Johnson, a mother of five, said she believes the park has become a significant resource for the local […]

 By Stephen Kimmerly and Ian Darrenkamp

Hunting Park: Library Offers New After-School Program

Hunting Park: Library Offers New After-School Program

The Nicetown branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, which also serves Hunting Park, has been a place for kids in the surrounding community to come after school and work on their studies. While the library does offer the LEAP Program to help children with their work a new program has started to teach them […]