Immigration: How Philadelphia’s Public Libraries Can Benefit Foreign Born Residents

Immigration: How Philadelphia’s Public Libraries Can Benefit Foreign Born Residents

Philadelphia has had a long history when it comes to libraries. Benjamin Franklin started the country’s first library, The Library Company, which remains open today, 287 years later. Today, the Free Library of Philadelphia finds itself in a unique position. While most public libraries are operated by local governments, FLP is managed by an independent […]

 

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

A growing population of Southeast Asian refugees comes with an exciting new culture to learn from, along with serious health needs that require specific attention. Those who lived or immigrated during times of unrest, like the Vietnam War era or the rule of the Khmer Rouge, arrived with specific mental health needs that not all […]

 By Samuel A. Scimeca

West Philadelphia: A Hidden Gem of Activism

West Philadelphia: A Hidden Gem of Activism

[vimeo 75108245] On Lancaster Avenue, stands a gated storefront with the acronym “LAVA” on a sign next to the door.  Many people pass by the storefront daily but few venture inside or even know that it is there. Those people do not know what they are missing. Just a quick walk through the door reveals a […]