Powelton Village: EAT Café Hosts First Witness To Hunger Event

Powelton Village: EAT Café Hosts First Witness To Hunger Event

In response to the country’s new federal administration, the leaders behind West Philadelphia’s Witness to Hunger introduced their first gallery exhibition and open community forum to highlight poverty in the community. First established in 2008, Witness to Hunger fights against hunger and poverty through both photography and discussion. Panelists at the first gallery exhibition included Angela-Nike Sutton, […]

 

Education: Philabundance Community Kitchen Sets Students Up For Success

Education: Philabundance Community Kitchen Sets Students Up For Success

Ninety thousand. That is the number of people Philabundance served in previous weeks within its nine-county regions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Eight hundred of those 90,000 meals are prepared by the students of the Philabundance Community Kitchen. The kitchen set up a new approach to helping those in need.   Philadelphia is no stranger […]

 

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (MNM) has been a focal point to the Nicetown community since 1997 and Sister Ann Provost, the executive director of the ministry, has been there since the beginning. MNM has a wide range of programs that cater to the improvement of the children in the neighborhood. A program was recently implemented at the ministry is […]

 

Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

It was 8:40 a.m. on a recent sunny, spring-like day. In addition to the birds chirping, chatter could be heard as a line from the front of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church wrapped around Sackett Street onto Tyson Avenue. Many were gathering and waiting for the Feast of Justice’s Community Cupboard to open. Feast of […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

 

Logan: ‘Housing First’ Model Helps Homeless Navigate New Path to Stability

Logan: ‘Housing First’ Model Helps Homeless Navigate New Path to Stability

When Pamela Jenkins received her house keys, she decided that nobody would kick her out. After years of chronic homelessness, she now resides in a furnished apartment in Northeast Philadelphia. For Jenkins (above), Pathways to Housing PA has replaced uncertainty with stability. Unlike shelters and transitional housing facilities, the organization’s “housing first” model does not require […]

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Overbrook Park: Residents’ Donations Ease Hunger and Cold During Holidays

Overbrook Park: Residents’ Donations Ease Hunger and Cold During Holidays

Thousands of families in Philadelphia recently sat down at their dinner tables to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal complete with a turkey and all the fixings. The meal is the culmination of the time they spent walking around their crowded local grocery store filling their cart with holiday essentials. For some, this is not their reality. They […]

 

Germantown: Businessman Joe Martin Carries Out his Vision for a More Idyllic Neighborhood

Germantown: Businessman Joe Martin Carries Out his Vision for a More Idyllic Neighborhood

While Germantown still has a need for improvement, the community has come a long way in the past few years. As owner of Acclaim Academy and chairman of the Germantown Special Services District, Joseph Martin has impacted the community in more ways than one. From striving to make the streets cleaner, to implementing murals to […]

 

Germantown: Pastor David Fitzgerald Compels People to Christ

Germantown: Pastor David Fitzgerald Compels People to Christ

Whether it’s through feeding the homeless or counseling community members, Pastor David Fitzgerald stands out in the Germantown region. In an area facing a plethora of societal issues, namely poverty, the pastor actively seeks to make change day and night. He and his wife, Jocelyn, co-founded Compelling People to Christ two years ago. It is only the […]

 

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 […]

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