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Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Walking into the McPherson Square Branch library, adult and teen librarian Chera Kowalski sees many things. The outside of the library, where the use of drugs is a daily occurrence, and the inside, where the people of Kensington are capitalizing on the resources of the library. Kowalski, 32, facilitates many of these resources as she and […]

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South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

South Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital And City Combine For A ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Community Health And Literacy Center

In 2012 plans for a large, conglomerate project between the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia started to take shape after the realization that the needs of city residents were outgrowing provided facilities. Four years later that same conversation had amassed to the development of a tangible 94,000 square foot construction site […]

 

Poverty: Program Offers Philadelphia’s Underserved Communities Free Computer Access

Poverty: Program Offers Philadelphia’s Underserved Communities Free Computer Access

For most people, regular computer access is a must. Whether it be for school or work, it’s almost impossible to function without these necessary tools. Yet, 41 percent of Philadelphian’s do not have either reliable access to the Internet or a computer. The Hotspot and Keyspot programs seek to address this need in poor and […]

 By Brianna Michelle Bosak and Elizabeth Diane Sim

Mount Airy: Volunteers Bring Free Summer Lunch Program to Library

Mount Airy: Volunteers Bring Free Summer Lunch Program to Library

For most children in Philadelphia, summer means the ends of tests, homework and studying. Yet, for thousands of children from low-income families, it can also mean no more lunch. But thankfully for the Summer Food Service Program, children throughout the city can continue to receive a healthy lunch even when school is no longer in […]

 By Kara Mortellite

Center City: Project H.O.M.E. Tries to Eliminate Homelessness

Center City: Project H.O.M.E. Tries to Eliminate Homelessness

Before joining the Project H.O.M.E. community Hyacinth King, 56, recalled living out of a cardboard box on the streets of Philadelphia and hustling for money and pills. “I wasn’t always that way,” King said. Growing up, King was raised by an upper-middle class-family, attended Friends Select Grade School and graduated from Temple University with a […]