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Wharton: Roots Of Happiness Grows Community For Elderly Southeast Asian Immigrants And Refugees

Wharton: Roots Of Happiness Grows Community For Elderly Southeast Asian Immigrants And Refugees

Every Tuesday morning elderly Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees come together to socialize, strengthen community ties and improve their mental and physical health. Roots of Happiness: Elders Health & Wellness Services takes place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at coworking space Bok on Ninth Street near Mifflin Street. The program, run by SEAMAAC, serves […]

 

Immigration: Kiera Kenney Connects African And Caribbean Immigrants And Refugees With Health And Social Services

Immigration: Kiera Kenney Connects African And Caribbean Immigrants And Refugees With Health And Social Services

The African Family Health Organization, located on Chestnut Street near 44th Street, works with African and Caribbean refugees to connect them with health and social services around the city. AFAHO’s services include ESL courses, case management programs and helping community members set up and go to doctor’s appointments. Kiera Kenney works as the manager of […]

 

Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

Immigration: Gretchen Shanfeld Connects Immigrants And Refugees with Health And Mental Health Services

The Nationalities Service Center at 1216 Arch St. helps more than 5,000 immigrants and refugees every year adjust to their new lives in Philadelphia. They offer a range of services including English classes, legal services and connecting people to health services. Gretchen Shanfeld has worked at NSC for more than eight years and currently serves as […]

 

Latinx: Julia Rivera And Congreso Focus Mission For Latin Americans In Philadelphia

Latinx: Julia Rivera And Congreso Focus Mission For Latin Americans In Philadelphia

The nonprofit Congreso de Latinos Unidos serves Philadelphia’s Latino population and offers more than 50 programs, like health insurance education and enrollment sessions, support for seniors living independently and work readiness. Congreso doesn’t have any services specifically focused on immigrants, but its website notes an increase in Latin American immigrants in the city and the population it […]

 

East Passyunk: Struggles Of A Small Business Owner

East Passyunk: Struggles Of A Small Business Owner

Michelle Dewey is from Wilmington, Delaware. She makes the drive into Philadelphia everyday and hopefully, depending on traffic, it will only take her around 30 minutes. It’s a blistering hot Sunday afternoon when she arrives at her store and with her giant IKEA bag in hand. She immediately starts restocking the shelves. “It’s like free […]

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Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Behind tinted storefront glass and an intercom-locked door, lies Vipul Patel’s vision: spotless walls and slick flooring, flanked by flat screen displays and colored bleach-white, with a painstakingly grown ivy backdrop behind the front desk. Restore does its best to subvert the stigma and stereotyping around marijuana culture, at least superficially, a move that Patel […]

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Point Breeze: Five Ways to Enjoy Point Breeze

Point Breeze: Five Ways to Enjoy Point Breeze

Coffee shops and barber shops that double as art venues, an outdoor eatery with a sardine can hanging from the side of the restaurant, murals scattered along the sides of buildings and city views worth stopping for. You can find all of this within the South Philadelphia neighborhood. Take a look … The Pharmacy Owner Gary […]

 

Politics: Philadelphia Protestant Home Residents Helping Encourage Statewide Change

Politics: Philadelphia Protestant Home Residents Helping Encourage Statewide Change

Since 1890, the Philadelphia Protestant Home has been welcoming residents into its doors as a non-profit senior living community tucked in Northeast Philadelphia. The facility currently holds more than 600 residents ranging from different levels of care including independent living, personal care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. According to AARP, 65 percent of all residents living […]

 

Brewerytown: The Yoga Studio Opens Arms to Everyone

Brewerytown: The Yoga Studio Opens Arms to Everyone

Emile Sorger, owner and founder of The Yoga and Movement Sanctuary at 26th Street and Girard Avenue, moved to Brewerytown in 2012. After witnessing the booming growth of his old neighborhood in Fishtown, he found similar circumstances in his new “up-and-coming” neighborhood. As a freelance yoga instructor, Sorger noticed the influence of his teachings in the city, […]

 

Nicetown: Community Involvement is Key to Accomplishing Zero Waste and Litter

Nicetown: Community Involvement is Key to Accomplishing Zero Waste and Litter

Philadelphia isn’t disparagingly called Filthadelphia for no reason: Cans, bottles, bags, take-out boxes and other types of trash are ubiquitous on the streets of Philly. But following on Mayor Jim Kenny’s executive order in 2016 creating the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, the city is beginning to discover some ways Philadelphia might eventually kick that […]

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