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 By Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Hunting Park: A Look at Hope

Deep in the heart of Hunting Park is new hope. Reporters Cassandra Kramer and Jenna Brizek give you an inside look at Nueva Esperanza and the Open Borders Project. Follow the links below to learn more. Nueva Esperanza: A Tie That Binds a Community Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

 By Jenna Brizek

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Proyecto Sin Fronteras: The Open Borders Project

Nueva Esperanza isn’t the only organization in Hunting Park that offers services to the Latino community. Proyecto Sin Fronteras operates out of two, humble row homes on the 3500 block of North Sixth Street. The center runs many different types of programs, such as English classes, computer technology courses and an after-school youth program.  Select […]

 By Cassandra Kramer

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

Nueva Esperanza: A Tie that Binds the Community

“Nueva Esperanza,” directly translated, means “New Hope” in Spanish. For 20 years, Nueva Esperanza has been giving hope to the Hunting Park community in North Philadelphia. Founded in 1987, The Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia started this empowerment center, wanting to address serious issues, such as poverty and crime, within the Latino community.   As the […]

 By Vince Paravecchia and Christie Alderfer

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

They come to learn, to play and to pray. For the past 15 years, children and young adults from the Ludlow community and the surrounding area have gathered each and every Tuesday night at the Sixth Street Mennonite Church for a Bible study taught by volunteers and church leaders. While the reasons for attending vary […]

 By Megan Lennon, Jesse Smith and Torin Sweeny

Philadelphia Tries New Approach for Housing

Philadelphia Tries New Approach for Housing

Four years ago, Evelyn Martinez, a resident of Philadelphia public housing, was raising three children in the dangerous, drug-infested community around 16th Street and Erie Avenue . The house was in poor condition and space was so limited that Martinez was forced to park on the sidewalk. Now, when returning to her new home, Martinez […]

 By Myles Aion

Pathways to Success in Fairhill

Pathways to Success in Fairhill

Tucked away on Fourth Street under a green awning, students line up to go to school. Faculty and security staff walk the line inspecting students. Each one must be wearing black socks, black shoes and a black belt holding in his or her green polo shirt with Fairhill Community High School etched across the breast. […]

 By Kendra Elise Howard

Philadelphia Gryphons: Work Hard, Play Harder

Philadelphia Gryphons:  Work Hard, Play Harder

Beer poured from the tap as men gathered in small groups to converse, toss back drinks and listen to the 1980s dance music that blared in the background. It was a dimly lit spot, but all the commotion made the place vibrant and live. The bunch that stood out the most was the group of […]

 By Anna Conzelman

Death of Middletown Officer Recalls a Tragic Year for Philadelphia’s Finest

Death of Middletown Officer Recalls a Tragic Year for Philadelphia’s Finest

Sadly, it is a scene that hardly changes. Flowers line sidewalks, teddy bears are dropped off, and photographs are mounted on fences and sidewalks. People gather, light candles, and mourn the loss of a fallen officer. Within the past year, four Philadelphia police officers were killed. On Jan, 30, Middletown Officer Chris Jones was added […]

 By Kurtis Lee

Hunting Park: ‘Higher’ Education that Seeks Connection

Hunting Park: ‘Higher’ Education that Seeks Connection

On the second-floor of North Philadelphia’s, Deliverance Evangelistic Church, class is set to begin. The Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), leases nine classrooms from the massive church, but typically only uses four. It’s just before 5:30, on this Thursday evening in early April, as men and women exit the floor’s lone elevator and retreat […]

 By Brian Gatti

Fishtown: Firefighters Unhappy with Mayor’s Budget Cuts

Fishtown: Firefighters Unhappy with Mayor’s Budget Cuts

Imagine, for a moment, you are back in elementary school. You are the kid who is always being bullied around and picked on. Perhaps you were. You know what it feels like, and it isn’t a good feeling. The people of the Fishtown community in Philadelphia could make a case for being bullied. The only […]