South Philadelphia: Ready, Willing & Able Director Knows The Power Of Second Chances

South Philadelphia: Ready, Willing & Able Director Knows The Power Of Second Chances

Javier Rivera is the director of community improvement projects and operations at Ready, Willing & Able, a program that helps criminals, addicts and homeless individuals re-enter the workforce. A graduate of the program in 1997 in Harlem, N.Y., Rivera has risen through the ranks, holding supervisory positions before becoming director. How long have you been […]

 

Port Richmond: Woman in Critical Condition After Stabbing, Heroin Addiction Testimonials, and Tire Garden Beautification Project

Port Richmond: Woman in Critical Condition After Stabbing, Heroin Addiction Testimonials, and Tire Garden Beautification Project

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Port Richmond: Woman critical after stabbing in Port Richmond – Philadelphia police are on the hunt for a man who stabbed a 32-year-old woman on the 2000 block of Castor Avenue around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. The […]

 

Grays Ferry: Priest Offers Faith-Based Alternatives For Recovering Addicts

Grays Ferry: Priest Offers Faith-Based Alternatives For Recovering Addicts

Father Douglas McKay buries too many bodies. He received a call after mass on an October morning. It was regarding a 52-year-old woman; she passed unexpectedly in her sleep. As a priest in his home parish, not all the bodies McKay blesses pass so peacefully. “My brother Anthony died in a crack house when he was only 30,” McKay […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility Helps Build Better Community

Strawberry Mansion: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility Helps Build Better Community

Rochelle Amos sat nervously at a desk in a conference room at Stop and Surrender Inc., a substance abuse treatment provider located at 2522 W. Huntingdon St. In a shaky voice, she talked about what she does for the organization. “I’m the administrative coordinator,” Amos said. “I basically am responsible for all data, all paperwork, […]

 

Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Efrain Diaz had a bad addiction, a heroin addiction. “I lost my family. I lost my wife,” said the 58-year-old. Yet for the past 30 years, Diaz has been helping people overcome their addictions. This one-time addict is now the pastor of Alcance Victoria church. Pastor Diaz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He […]

 

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Given the size of most gaming operations, it’s often difficult to put a “face” to any particular organization (besides Donald Trump, and he’s largely famous for his other endeavors). Despite this, there’s still a fair number of important people – some within the industry, some who would like to destroy the industry and some who feel […]