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 […]

 

Fishtown: Produce Delivery Service Aims To Become Neighborhood Staple

Fishtown: Produce Delivery Service Aims To Become Neighborhood Staple

The bustling corridors inside of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) can be an overwhelming place to think logistically about purchasing produce. The market is inside of a massive temperature-controlled building that spans more than 14 football fields long, where 24 independent produce distributors sell truckloads worth of veggies and fruits from around the world. Pedestrian walkways are marked with […]

 

Cobbs Creek: ‘Miracle on 63rd Street’ Aids Those in Need

Located on Cobbs Creek Parkway in West Philadelphia, the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County serves as a temporary residence and rehabilitation center for people in need. Affectionately known as the “Miracle on 63rd Street,” the Life Center provides housing, counseling, rehabilitation and job opportunities for Pennsylvania residents who are going through tough times. James […]

 By Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel A. Scimeca

West Philadelphia: A Beacon of Light for Expectant Mothers

West Philadelphia: A Beacon of Light for Expectant Mothers

It happens all too often. A young woman finds out she is pregnant and does not know what to do. She does not know where to turn and who to ask for help. She may be scared and feels alone in the process because her family is not quite sure how to handle everything either. […]

 By Abi Reimold and Thomas Touhill

Germantown: Clinic Provides Care to Uninsured

Germantown: Clinic Provides Care to Uninsured

In a country without universal health care where the prices of insurance and coverage are constantly on the rise, it’s getting hard to be someone living uninsured. In Philadelphia, 15 percent of adults go without health insurance according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Many don’t get care until it’s urgent and then use the ER […]

 By Brian J. Sheehan

Parkside: Association Remains Active for 36 Years

Parkside: Association Remains Active for 36 Years

Whether it is a need for assistance in handling community issues or the need for help people get their lives back on track, the Parkside Association of Philadelphia is where area residents come for change. This community organization, located at 5218 Master St., has been in existence since 1977. With a team of volunteers dedicated […]

 By Imani Nieves and Corey Woods

Haddington: ACHIEVEability Computer Lab Keeps Community Connected

Haddington: ACHIEVEability Computer Lab Keeps Community Connected

With great concentration and precise aim, Zakee Jordan pounded away at the arrow keys on the keypad of the Dell laptop in front of him before throwing his arms above his head. “This game is hard,” Jordan said to his younger brother, Jovon, who was seated across from a computer to his right. On a […]

 By Sara M. Rooney and Erin P. O'Reilly

Cedar Park: Private Pet Service Benefits Neighborhood

Cedar Park: Private Pet Service Benefits Neighborhood

Sharon Wasko never thought of herself as an animal enthusiast until she walked a 150-pound mastiff as a favor for a friend. Wasko was an artist looking for jobs and began accepting more four-legged clients as a good way to fill her time and make some extra money. A few years later, Wasko got her […]