Mantua: “I Just Want to Be That Image For Them.”

Mantua: “I Just Want to Be That Image For Them.”

After enduring a troubled childhood in West Philadelphia, near 56th Street and Lansdowne Avenue, 19-year-old Rodney Mobley began utilizing his past experiences to positively impact his community. He now serves as the community connector and engagement coordinator for People’s Emergency Center, which is based in the Mantua section of the city. Mobley is now a freshman on full-academic scholarship at Colby-Sawyer College in […]

 

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

Bernadine Hawes is a Washington D.C. native who moved to West Philadelphia in 1972 to get her master’s degree in Medical Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has since been a very active member of the community. Hawes is the chair of the board at the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and also serves on […]

 

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

The White House designated part of West Philadelphia as one of five Promise Zones one year ago this January. The designation will last for another nine years, but while most organizations involved look positively on the first year, some Mantua residents are less impressed. With help from the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, the Philadelphia police force and […]

 

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Seeks to Help Businesses, Drive Change

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Seeks to Help Businesses, Drive Change

People’s Emergency Center, or PEC, has been a helping hand to the community for many years. Most known for its abundance of programs for helping families, PEC has now taken on small businesses. The dedicated staff provides many businesses the help they need to start up and survive as they help to rebuild the commercial district on […]

 

Lancaster Avenue: Community Discusses Future Of Community Landmark

Lancaster Avenue: Community Discusses Future Of Community Landmark

Everyone’s seen it. Just a block into the Lancaster Avenue Commercial Corridor stands a sizable, brick red facade. Inside lay remnants of a rich past that most would never know. This structure, Hawthorne Hall, has been standing since the 1800s and has been vacant since 2010. Last month, local residents and interested parties from around the […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Powelton Village: New Sculpture Beautifies 40th Street

Powelton Village: New Sculpture Beautifies 40th Street

The People’s Emergency Center‘s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and advance change in West Philadelphia. “One of the suggestions, which came out of our recent neighborhood planning process, was the desire to turn up the volume on the local arts scene,” said Kevin Musselman, manager of  Neighborhood and Resource Planning at PEC. “We believe that installing public […]

 By Joseph B. Schafer and Dionicia Roberson

Mantua: Mantua Job Organizations Hope to End Homelessness

Mantua: Mantua Job Organizations Hope to End Homelessness

[vimeo 69132791] Poverty, unemployment and homelessness are prevalent issues in Philadelphia and often wholly connected. In Mantua, the 23 percent unemployment rate among adults is the most direct contributor to poverty for households and individuals who live there. Without support or a means to pay rent or mortgage, sustained poverty can often lead to homelessness. Several […]

 By Kendra Allen and Marissa Oswald

Powelton Village: Warmth for the Winter at Reed’s Coffee House

Powelton Village: Warmth for the Winter at Reed’s Coffee House

There was hardly breathing space at Reed’s Coffee and Tea House on 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue this past weekend as community members came out to support a clothing drive while they danced alongside Denise King and her live band. The glass windows of the new business fogged up as everyone enjoyed food, drink, music […]

 By Christine Fisher and Kara Savidge

Mantua: Multimedia Mural Project Addresses Homelessness Among Children

Mantua: Multimedia Mural Project Addresses Homelessness Among Children

When Jane Golden, the executive director of the Mural Arts Program, received an application for a project intended to address homelessness in the city, she said she was “deeply moved.” Submitted last year by a law student at the University of Pennsylvania, the project proposed a look at housing as a human right, and collaboration between […]

 By Christine Fisher and Kara Savidge

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Involves Local Residents in Neighborhood Planning

Mantua: People’s Emergency Center Involves Local Residents in Neighborhood Planning

With the help of a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, People’s Emergency Center has embarked on “Make Your Mark,” a yearlong neighborhood planning process in West Philadelphia. Throughout October, PEC hosted several “Make Your Mark” open house events to gather input from those who will be impacted. This current work focuses on […]