Powelton Village

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Ending Homelessness One Step at a Time

Powelton Village: Ending Homelessness One Step at a Time

At the People’s Emergency Center, support for homeless families and neighborhood revitalization are top priorities. Providing shelter and social services to those in need, this Powelton Village-based organization takes pride in the opportunities it creates for clients. “Our main goal is to supply [clients] with supportive services such as housing, shelter, jobs, employment training and […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Emergency and Transitional Housing

Powelton Village: Emergency and Transitional Housing

Jenay Brooks, 23, has struggled with homelessness for several years. She currently resides at Gloria’s Place, a residential facility run by the People’s Emergency Center. Located at 39th and Spring Garden streets, Gloria’s Place houses people and families who have found themselves without a home. It is used for both emergency and transitional housing within […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

Powelton Village: Homeless Family Aid Faces Funding Cuts

The People’s Emergency Center, located at 39th and Baring streets, dedicates each day to helping people and families in Philadelphia who are struggling with homelessness. It offers multiple programs including a GED program, emergency housing and other assistance. Melinda Brown, a workforce developer at People’s Emergency Center, has worked there for about a year and […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: A Decline in Diversity

Powelton Village: A Decline in Diversity

Arthur Bye, of Urban & Bye Realtor, has seen firsthand the changing demographics of Powelton Village. Over the last half century the neighborhood has lost some of its diversity. “Powelton Village started out in the late 1950s as sort of a Greenwich Village type of neighborhood with a very diverse community,” he said, “but that’s […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Paper Dolls Boutique

Powelton Village: Paper Dolls Boutique

At 40th Street and Lancaster Avenue is Paper Dolls, a new boutique. The small shop opened on March 6 and features women’s clothing. Inside, the walls are lined with purses and T-shirts and the floor is stocked with racks and shelves of colorful, trendy apparel, jewelry and accessories. “It has different, unique items,” said Jean Cheng, […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast

Powelton Village: Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast

Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast, located at 33rd and Baring atreets, is a cozy, family-owned inn. Dennis Bartelme runs the facility with his wife, daughter and son-in-law. Jules Spaeth, Bartelme’s daughter, always wanted to own a bed and breakfast. In 2008, shortly after her parents’ retirement, she was riding her bike to the University of Pennsylvania […]

 By Judy Kim

Powelton Village: A Small Family Business

Powelton Village: A Small Family Business

City Food Market is a local convenience store, located at 4000 Baring St., in Powelton Village. Jonathan Jimenez, 24, has been an assistant worker here for four and one-half years. Much of his job involves cooking, but he also is kept busy stocking such items as chips and sodas, which he sorts by flavor when they are […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Green Line Cafe Stands for More Than Just Coffee

Powelton Village: Green Line Cafe Stands for More Than Just Coffee

At the corner of 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue, the Green Line Café in Powelton Village is more than just an average coffee shop.  The quiet, quaint space doubles as an art gallery, where the masterpieces of the café’s employees and local artists are displayed. It’s also a popular spot where locals go to work, […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Hope and Refuge for Struggling Veterans

Powelton Village: Hope and Refuge for Struggling Veterans

The Veterans Group, located at 32nd and Baring streets, is an organization that provides help to former soldiers dealing with homelessness in Philadelphia. The goal of the program is to give them  place to live and the necessary tools to transition into productive members of society. “We help the guys coming from divorces or whatever […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Vietnam Vet Opens Up About Life After War

Powelton Village: Vietnam Vet Opens Up About Life After War

Sam Hampton, a Vietnam War veteran, never took a moment for granted since his Marine Corps days. In June 1968, the then-18-year-old went to war and has since suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Sitting in a computer chair in the office of the Veterans Group in Powelton Village, an organization that lends help to veterans […]

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