Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

A youth advocate, chef and lifelong North Philadelphia resident, Ariq Barrett saw a lack of role models in his community and wanted to reach youths on a different level. His solution? Black Boyz Can Cook is a program that creates a space where young black boys could learn the principles of healthy eating, entrepreneurship, community […]

 

Kensington: Get Up, Get Tested

Kensington: Get Up, Get Tested

More than ten years ago, Rudard (Rudy) Robinson decided that it was time to give something directly back to the community of Kensington. From years of homelessness, to time spent doing outreach for Congreso, Robinson now provides direct and necessary care at the doorstep of the Kensington community. As a man who has been there, […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Minister Seeks to Welcome Community

The Rev. Cynthia A. Jarvis has been the minister of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill since 1996. She has been a leader within her ministry changing the way people in Chestnut Hill view the church, and the way the church views Chestnut Hill. “It took me a while to fall in love with Philadelphia,” she […]

 By Amelia Brust and Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Veterans Shelter Combats Homelessness

Spruce Hill: Veterans Shelter Combats Homelessness

For struggling veterans in the city, the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House is a welcome place to find assistance and temporary housing. The twin home on Baltimore Avenue started in 1994 as a place for cancer patients to recuperate during the working week. Eventually, it adapted to tackle the widespread plight of homelessness among veterans. “Some of […]