Poverty

 

Education: Philabundance Community Kitchen Sets Students Up For Success

Education: Philabundance Community Kitchen Sets Students Up For Success

Ninety thousand. That is the number of people Philabundance served in previous weeks within its nine-county regions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Eight hundred of those 90,000 meals are prepared by the students of the Philabundance Community Kitchen. The kitchen set up a new approach to helping those in need.   Philadelphia is no stranger […]

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Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Someone walking down American Street through Northern Liberties would see many sleek, modern homes mixed with niche places to shop and eat. They might hear echoes of thumping and clanking from new construction and definitely a few barking dogs. The neighborhood wasn’t always a hub of expansion. Similar to small towns along the Rust Belt, […]

 

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (MNM) has been a focal point to the Nicetown community since 1997 and Sister Ann Provost, the executive director of the ministry, has been there since the beginning. MNM has a wide range of programs that cater to the improvement of the children in the neighborhood. A program was recently implemented at the ministry is […]

 

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Inspired by growing concerns about the lack of waste management in Germantown, a small group of individuals joined together and recently completed a 90-day clean-up initiative known as “Clean It Up Make It Safe Germantown.” The program, while still in its early stages, is supported by the Ray of Hope Project, a registered non-profit created […]

 

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

Brewerytown: Girard-Dream Garden An Attempt To Integrate Bordering Neighborhoods

In 2011, the Brewerytown CDC and the Fairmount CDC collaborated to turn an abandoned lot into a space the two neighborhoods could put to use, creating the foundation for the community run Girard-Dream Garden. With the help of a grant from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, the Fairmount CDC was able to select and […]

 

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Just when you think the fast-paced, industrialized, city life is dry and desolate, the Philadelphia Orchard Project brings nature’s beauties to brighten up Philly’s urban neighborhoods. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, the Philadelphia Orchard Project transforms vacant lots, schoolyards, community gardens and areas in low-wealth neighborhoods into green spaces to harvest useful and edible plants for the […]

 

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

The Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform met last month in the City Council chambers. Co-chairs Curtis Jones Jr. of City Council, retired Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and the head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Kier Bradford-Grey all presided over the hearing that focused on the psychology of criminals and potential criminals, and […]

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Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Though it seems like an ordinary coffee shop, The Monkey & The Elephant in Brewerytown is an entirely unique organization. Its only employees, besides management, are young people who have just recently exited the foster system. Lisa Miccolis, the founder and executive director of The Monkey & The Elephant, pictured above, had years of experience working […]

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Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Brewerytown: David Waxman, MM Partners Building up Brewerytown

Historically, business in Brewerytown has had its ups and downs. The arrival of prohibition in America shut down its booming breweries and distilleries, but industry survived into the mid 1900s. By the 1980s, jobs disappeared and the neighborhood suffered. Today, there is a slow resurgence of businesses, mostly on Girard Avenue. David Waxman, along with his […]

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North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

When the School District of Philadelphia proposed 37 school closings in 2013, Tanner Duckrey Elementary School was scheduled to close its doors to roughly 300 students. Duckrey’s fate changed when the School Reform Commission narrowed the list of closings to 24 and designated Duckrey as a receiving school. This meant Duckrey was now scheduled to […]

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