Germantown: Small Businesses Impact The Unemployment Rate

Germantown: Small Businesses Impact The Unemployment Rate

One may have noticed the influx of small businesses in Germantown that have popped up throughout the past decade. With unemployment still an issue, many wonder if this growth of small businesses is having any effect on residents. Local resident Alisha Gillespie is frustrated about the list of job requirements businesses ask for and wants to see a change in the […]

 

Mantua: 50 Years Later, MLK’s Speech Still Rings True

Mantua: 50 Years Later, MLK’s Speech Still Rings True

Fifty years ago this summer, Martin Luther King Jr. came to the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia as part of his “Freedom Now!” tour around the northern cities of the United States. King spoke to thousands of people gathered on 40th and Lancaster Avenue about the struggles that African Americans were going through in 1965. During […]

 

Poverty Beat: Fighting Poverty with Positivity

Poverty Beat: Fighting Poverty with Positivity

As Lorraine Cameron walked through her three-bedroom house in Germantown she recalled what she will miss most when she becomes homeless. Cameron, 54, has worked since she was 14. She has found herself without an income for the first time after being fired from her care-taking job. She said she returned from taking time off […]

 By Tasia N. Morgan and Dominique M. Spooner

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

[vimeo 72590992] The historic scarcity of work opportunities, resultant chronic high unemployment coupled with apartheid-era laws sparked an entrepreneurial spirit among many South Africans as a means of survival. Today, within townships such as Alexandra and Kliptown, many residents engage in what’s called the ‘informal economy.’ At the South African Institute of Race Relations, a team […]

 By Donald DeCray III and Dana Ritter

Al Dia: Local Forum Seeks Government Funds for Job Creation

Al Dia: Local Forum Seeks Government Funds for Job Creation

“It’s time to go to work.” Eugene Bell’s call to action was heard by more than 240 people attending a  forum this week where local religious groups met with Philadelphia City Council members to discuss plans to obtain jobs and training for impoverished communities in Philadelphia. The forum, organized by Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower […]

 By Victoria Hudgins

Strawberry Mansion: Residents Line the Block for Local Job Opportunities

Strawberry Mansion: Residents Line the Block for Local Job Opportunities

Job seekers stood today outside of Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corp. holding resumes and cover letters. Their ages varied, but they all had one goal and that was to get a job. Some were dressed business casual while others wore jeans and a hooded sweatshirt as they waited for the next 10 people to be […]

 By Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Food Service Training Program Helps People Get Jobs

Germantown: Food Service Training Program Helps People Get Jobs

Before she found the Germantown Restoration CDC’s food service training program, Chatel Royster was struggling. This time last year, Royster was a victim of the poor economy. After getting laid off from her job at Progressive Financial, the single mother found herself wondering how she would care for her 5-year-old son. “I was really scared […]

 By Niambi McDonald and Natasha Shapiro

Germantown: Unemployment Causes Married Couple to Help Both Themselves and their Community

Germantown: Unemployment Causes Married Couple to Help Both Themselves and their Community

On an unseasonably hot spring morning just before the clock strikes noon and temperatures already scorching 96 degrees many people are avoiding the outdoors. But for sidewalk entrepreneurs Marie and Greg Ford, enduring the sweltering heat is a part of their daily regimen. For the past year almost every day this couple has held a […]

 By Bob Petro and Kimberley Richards

Mantua: Unemployed Man Has Car Wash for Extra Income

Mantua: Unemployed Man Has Car Wash for Extra Income

Carl Myles has a lot going against him when it comes to finding a job. He is an African American ex-convict who has been unemployed for two years. Although he doesn’t consider his car wash on 36th Street and Mantua Avenue a job, it helps him earn a little extra income and something else important. […]