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East Oak Lane: Raise of Hope, Inc. Provides Affordable Housing for Homeless Families

East Oak Lane: Raise of Hope, Inc. Provides Affordable Housing for Homeless Families

Homelessness is nothing new and for Raise of Hope, Inc. founder Habeebah Ali the issue resonates on a personal level. As a survivor of domestic violence and someone who was once homeless, Ali knows how challenging life can be for a family with no place to call its own. Having lived twice at the Women Against Abuse […]

 

Roxborough/Manayunk: Younger Population Can Make Positive Impact

Roxborough/Manayunk: Younger Population Can Make Positive Impact

Friday evenings in Manayunk often consist of recent college graduates preparing for a night out on Main Street. This has become the norm for the young adults who rent homes in this community and are taking advantage of the nightlife in their new neighborhood. Beginning in the mid-1990’s, college students and college graduates from the Philly area […]

 

Mantua: Longtime Resident Witnesses Transformation of the Neighborhood

Mantua: Longtime Resident Witnesses Transformation of the Neighborhood

Near 35th Street and Mantua Avenue, next to the bustling trains traveling east and west, sits is a quiet home. The owner of that home, now at the age of 73, has seen Mantua transform for almost seven decades. Obidiah Anderson has been a Mantua resident for the past 69 years. Anderson’s parents and her 11 […]

 

Germantown: Facing Poverty Head On

Germantown: Facing Poverty Head On

Face to Face is a non-profit organization where anyone is welcome to a hot meal, legal advice and an array of social services, all free of charge. What originally began as a soup kitchen in 1985 has grown into human services organization, providing vital resources for the homeless and the impoverished. “The one thing we […]

 

Health Beat: Five People Making a Difference

Health Beat: Five People Making a Difference

When looking at health issues in Philadelphia, many people stand out as making a difference in the field. There are a plethora of people trying improve well-being through healthy eating establishments, wellness places, urban farms and meal clubs. They support change and encourage people to think differently about wellness. 1. Jan Shaeffer (above), president and CEO of St. […]

 By Veronica Wisely

University City: Catholic Church Embraces Change Expanding Services to Serve Faithful

University City: Catholic Church Embraces Change Expanding Services to Serve Faithful

If you are looking for a multicultural experience when attending church Ss. Agatha and James Parish on 38th and Chestnut Sts. is a good place to find such an experience. This Catholic church’s website even claims, “You’ve never seen a parish quite like us!” But it wasn’t always that way. Before 1975, there were two […]