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 […]

 

Point Breeze: Clean Point Breeze Streets Gets Ready To Enter Its Second Phase

Point Breeze: Clean Point Breeze Streets Gets Ready To Enter Its Second Phase

Philadelphia is a city laden with litter on its streets and sidewalks. While the Philadelphia Streets Department outlines its sanitation expectations online, including penalties for not complying with these expectations, residents continue to leave trash on the ground. “There’s a lot of trash, and it needs to be picked up,” said Christopher Lillis, director of […]

 

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 […]

 

Tacony: Philadelphia’s Oldest Neighborhood Gets a Facelift

Tacony: Philadelphia’s Oldest Neighborhood Gets a Facelift

Established in 1649, Tacony is a historic district in Northeast Philadelphia, ten miles away from Center City. It is the oldest continually-occupied neighborhood in Philadelphia and thanks to the Tacony Community Development Corporation, it has seen a resurgence of investment in the last two years Henry Disston noticed Tacony’s easy river and railroad access in […]