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Germantown: One Refugee Family’s Experience Avoiding Deportation

Germantown: One Refugee Family’s Experience Avoiding Deportation

This past August, Oneita and Clive Thompson (pictured above) received a phone call telling them something they never could have imagined: they were being deported. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer left Clive Thompson a voicemail instructing him to call back as soon as possible. “They called us on the 24th and said we […]

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Germantown: Frank Anderson Works to Create Positive Outcomes for Homeless

Frank Anderson is the case manager at Germantown Life Enrichment Center, located at 5722 Greene St. The center is a historic interfaith association for culture and fitness. The GLEC offers a full aquatic program with a swim team as well as swim lessons. The center also features CPR training, a complete weight room and a fitness program with […]

 By Parissa Zecher and Thomas Zamonski

Germantown: Educators and Students Speak About the Effects of School Closures

Germantown: Educators and Students Speak About the Effects of School Closures

The school closings in Germantown have disrupted the lives of children in multiple ways, but the repercussions are not limited to students alone. The closures have simultaneously impacted the community including its residents and local businesses. Since 2011, Andrew Snover has been the program director for the after-school program run out of the First United Methodist […]

 By Marchelle Roberts

Germantown: Church Educates, Feeds Germantown High School Students

Germantown: Church Educates, Feeds Germantown High School Students

Church is not only a place of worship for some high school students in Germantown, Pa. The First United Methodist Church of Germantown, also known as FUMCOG, enriches the lives of Germantown teens through an after school program that reaches students beyond the classroom. When the dismissal bells ring at Germantown High School, many students […]

 By Marchelle Roberts and Tiffany N. Mercer-Robbins

Germantown: Church Starts Culinary Arts Program

Germantown: Church Starts Culinary Arts Program

Dinner for some Philadelphia teens may come from corner stores or fast food restaurants, but the First United Methodist Church of Germantown aims to diversify the young person’s palette. Every Monday evening, the church, through its after school program, holds a dining session called “Dinner for Eight.” The program started out as a way for […]