Social Issues: Office Of Homeless Services Strives To Transition People Off The Street

Social Issues: Office Of Homeless Services Strives To Transition People Off The Street

Native Philadelphian Liz Hersh is the director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services. Prior to working for the city, Hersh ran the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania for 14 years. Her experience has given her insight working with Philadelphia’s homeless residents.   What led you to this job as the director of the Office of […]

 

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 […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Project H.O.M.E.’s Art Program Aims To Inspire And Uplift

Arts & Entertainment: Project H.O.M.E.’s Art Program Aims To Inspire And Uplift

Since its inception in 1989, Project H.O.M.E. has served the Philadelphia community. The organization, which focuses on ending the cycle of homelessness and creating a support system for those in need, offers a variety of resources for community members to take advantage of. Project H.O.M.E.’s Art Program offers individuals the opportunity to express themselves and […]

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Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Though it seems like an ordinary coffee shop, The Monkey & The Elephant in Brewerytown is an entirely unique organization. Its only employees, besides management, are young people who have just recently exited the foster system. Lisa Miccolis, the founder and executive director of The Monkey & The Elephant, pictured above, had years of experience working […]

 

Hawthorne: Men are Ready, Willing and Able to Make a Change in Their Lives

Hawthorne: Men are Ready, Willing and Able to Make a Change in Their Lives

Some days, Sylvester Cooper, spends seven consecutive days at work, cooking and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to the men at Ready, Willing and Able on Bainbridge Street. Cooper, 55, is a kitchen supervisor at RWA but it wasn’t always that way. The Philadelphia native once struggled with drugs and alcohol addiction to the point where he […]

 

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

The corner of Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street in Kensington is amongst the most notorious drug corners in the city. Heroin draws addicts and dealers, making it an open playing field for crime and violence, and for many, death. Around this corner is a building, which houses a man with a message that just might save his […]

 

South Philadelphia: Homeless People Are Struggling To Survive In The City

South Philadelphia: Homeless People Are Struggling To Survive In The City

A man dressed in dirty, oversized clothes goes to various corners in South Philadelphia every day with a sign that reads ‘homeless and hungry.’ He nods and waves to the cars who just pass him by, and gives his thanks to the drivers that stop briefly to give him money or food. Without this kindness, […]

 

South Philadelphia: Homeless Take Shelter At Bethesda Project

South Philadelphia: Homeless Take Shelter At Bethesda Project

Laughter could be heard from the sidewalk outside of the homeless shelter known as My Brother’s House. A large blue-and-white-tiled mural stretches along the side of the building, along with the words, ‘Home away from Home,’ a phrase that holds great meaning for the men inside. My Brother’s House, located at 609 S. 15th St., […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Therapeutic Art Creates Sense Of Calm At Broad Street Ministry

Arts & Entertainment: Therapeutic Art Creates Sense Of Calm At Broad Street Ministry

After lunch is finished on Thursday every week, guests at Broad Street Ministry (BSM) begin to make their way downstairs. Immediately, the stations to collect personal care items and mail are swamped. The slowest station to fill up is a large table in the center of the room covered in paints, brushes, pastels and nearly […]

 

Kensington: Organization Works to ‘Impact’ Lives of Veterans, Youths

Kensington: Organization Works to ‘Impact’ Lives of Veterans, Youths

The neighborhood of Kensington is one filled with hope for a better future. While jobs may be few and far between in this section of Philadelphia, its citizens still believe in a better tomorrow. One organization reaching out to its residents in order to fulfill this goal is Impact Services Inc., which has done its […]

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