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LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

Intersecting at 13th and Locust streets, the rainbow crosswalk represents more than lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers. It embodies the boundaries and obstacles crossed and overcome by the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia. In neighborhoods across the city, there are LGBTQ facilities that provide affordable medical treatments and education, encourage the exploration of self-expression, and promote a confident life. […]

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South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

In 2012 plans for a large, conglomerate project between the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia started to take shape after the realization that the needs of city residents were outgrowing provided facilities. Four years later that same conversation had amassed to the development of a tangible 94,000 square foot construction site […]

 

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative provides custom job training to produce valuable workers for institutions like Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other major employers from day one on the job. WPSI is a part of University City District, an organization that promotes vibrancy in the area through community engagement. Sheila Ireland has been a director […]

 

South Philadelphia: CHASE Away Diabetes Foundation is Raising Awareness in The Community

South Philadelphia: CHASE Away Diabetes Foundation is Raising Awareness in The Community

Courtney Young’s life was turned upside-down when her son, Chase, was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of three. She and her family started raising money almost two years ago to fight diabetes and eventually formed the CHASE Away Diabetes Foundation. What made you come up with the idea to raise awareness about […]

 

South of South: Mixed Reactions to CHOP Expansion

South of South: Mixed Reactions to CHOP Expansion

Now that the Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s plans to add more than two million square feet of office space onto Schuylkill Avenue, residents in the area have weighed in. Many residents in the area echo the same sentiment – that while the research facility will have a net positive […]

 

South of South Street: Five Improvements in the Works

South of South Street: Five Improvements in the Works

Residents living south of South Street have witnessed rapid change over the last decade. From Ori Feibush’s new construction and rehabilitated homes to closing shops and bars, the area has been in a constant state of flux. According to census data, the area’s African-American population decreased more than 25 percent between 2000 and 2010, while white residents have nearly doubled […]

 

Cobbs Creek: CHOP Network Aims to Keep Young Residents Healthy

Among the many organizations that provide physical and mental health care to the area, the CHOP Care Network for Pediatric and Adolescent Care at Cobbs Creek offers specialized services geared to the full-spectrum development of children. The Cobbs Creek branch has been located on Cobbs Creek Parkway for 17 years and remains a vital resource in […]

 By Kelsey Kondraski and Shayna Kleinberg

Health Beat: Philly Girls in Motion Gets Young Ladies Up and Moving

After a long career in sports – coaching, running fitness programs for two schools in the suburbs and teaming up with others to run a large basketball clinic in South Philadelphia – Beth Devine realized that it wasn’t the suburbs that were in need of fitness programs for young girls, but the city of Philadelphia. […]

 By Charlotte Jacobson and Skye Leppo

Point Breeze: Residents Raise Concerns Over CHOP Renovation of Free Library

Point Breeze: Residents Raise Concerns Over CHOP Renovation of Free Library

The South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will be renovated soon as a community contribution from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) but it seems not all residents in the area are ecstatic about the plans. On Oct. 28, the third in a series of community meetings regarding the plans for renovation […]

 By Veronica Wisely and Yakira Young

University City: Ronald McDonald House Offers Homey Environment for Ailing Families

University City: Ronald McDonald House Offers Homey Environment for Ailing Families

[vimeo 50548347] It would take a second glance through the gates of the building to recognize the familiar face of Ronald McDonald. Located at 3925 Chestnut St. in University City, the arch above this building’s gate reads, “Ronald McDonald House.” Part of this 1800s mansion has been transformed by modern renovations into a home away from […]