North Philadelphia: To Rebuild Trust, Heal Trauma in Black Communities, Mental Health Professionals Take a Culturally Relevant Approach

North Philadelphia: To Rebuild Trust, Heal Trauma in Black Communities, Mental Health Professionals Take a Culturally Relevant Approach

Tyrone Goldsmith used to sit at his grandmother’s window, his backpack ready, and wait for his father. He was 6 years old and had just moved from South Philadelphia to West Oak Lane with his mom. As time went by, Goldsmith (above) realized his dad wasn’t coming.  But he had other male figures in his […]

 

South Philadelphia: PTSD and the Vietnam War, a Combination Not To Be Forgotten

South Philadelphia: PTSD and the Vietnam War, a Combination Not To Be Forgotten

“It’s the guilt thing,” said Dave McCallum. As he made his way up the familiar steps at the corner of Spruce Street and Columbus Boulevard, he placed his hand on a wall. This wall, the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (shown below),  lists the names of more than 600 fallen men from Philadelphia who lost their lives while serving […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Hope and Refuge for Struggling Veterans

Powelton Village: Hope and Refuge for Struggling Veterans

The Veterans Group, located at 32nd and Baring streets, is an organization that provides help to former soldiers dealing with homelessness in Philadelphia. The goal of the program is to give them  place to live and the necessary tools to transition into productive members of society. “We help the guys coming from divorces or whatever […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Vietnam Vet Opens Up About Life After War

Powelton Village: Vietnam Vet Opens Up About Life After War

Sam Hampton, a Vietnam War veteran, never took a moment for granted since his Marine Corps days. In June 1968, the then-18-year-old went to war and has since suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Sitting in a computer chair in the office of the Veterans Group in Powelton Village, an organization that lends help to veterans […]