NONE OF US ARE HOME UNTIL ALL OF US ARE HOME
In May, our co-founders Sister Mary Scullion and Joan proven themselves for many years; and the reality of a community
Dawson McConnon traveled to the University of Notre Dame, of persons from all walks of life who come together with a common
where they were honored with the 2011 Laetare Medal, the most vision of justice and compassion. That community is a source of
prestigious honor given to American Catholics. Here is an excerpt tremendous power.
of their speech at the commencement ceremony. But that community must grow if we are to make greater
progress. We invite you to bring your profound resources of faith
WE LIVE IN CO M P L E X and and intellect to the work of ending
deeply challenging times. Our soci- homelessness, of building what
ety, we believe, is one that most Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called
often measures the value of a person “the Beloved Community.”
by his or her productivity alone and The Latin on the Laetare
discards the unproductive along the Medal translates, “Truth is mighty,
way. and it shall prevail.” This speaks to
We live in a society so mes- the greatest need in our world
merized by its view of success that it today: We need persons committed
considers only that real which can to living truthfully. We need men
be touched and weighed, measured and women with the intellectual
and counted, a culture in which and spiritual gifts that equip them
human and spiritual values have to pierce through the falsehoods,
almost vanished from its conscious- We need people who believe that deceits, and cover-ups that mark so
ness. much of our society and even our
everyone matters; that there are no Church today.
We could share so many
stories with you, including that of a throw away people. Such as our ability to find
seven-year-old boy whom we visit- over $150 billion dollars in a few
ed in foster care where he has been placed because of the neglect of short weeks to bail out financial institutions, but at the same time
his drug-addicted parents who have so lost track of time that they we can’t find the money to house our people and educate our
fail to visit him on those few precious days allotted each month, children. Or when cities across the country pass laws to arrest
days to which he looks forward eagerly and innocently – yet days panhandlers and people living on the streets while Wall Street exec-
on which he is invariably disappointed. utives face no justice for their corrupt decisions that led to millions
Or the story of the homeless man, a veteran of four-and-a-half of Americans losing their homes and their savings.
years of the war in Vietnam who was honorably discharged, and We need people who can see through hypocrisy and stand up
lived on the streets of Philadelphia, a shell of his former person, for America’s promise of justice and liberty for all. We need
hating the streets and his hopeless future, screaming out at those people to stand squarely on the side of the poor and those who are
who pass him by without knowing or caring or even seeing him, the struggling on the margins of our society. We need people who
invisible man. believe that everyone matters; that there are no throw away people.
Try to picture these two: the innocent, broken-hearted boy or We must refuse to be blinded by the false values of excessive
the despairing, non-productive, invisible man of the streets. What individualism and phony materialism. We must instead reignite the
is our response to them? quest for the common good. As Project H.O.M.E.’s co-founder
Our faith does not give us answers; it gives us courage. Our Joan McConnon often reminds us, “Strive to live a life you admire,
faith does not allow us to accept homelessness as an inevitable part rather than one you envy.”
of our urban landscape. Indifference to the plight of those who are We don’t get involved simply out of a sense of moral duty or
poor is not an option. to fulfill any obligations. We are drawn toward mercy, compassion,
and justice because we recognize that our common humanity is at
IN OUR WORK AT Project H.O.M.E., we dare to make the stake. We enter into the experience of human suffering because it
hopeful assertion that we can end homelessness. This hope is teaches us the deepest truths of who we are as humans.
grounded in reality: the reality of concrete solutions that have (Continued on page 2)
The beautiful hand-painted mural above honors the philanthropic legacy of John and Josephine Connelly and the resilience and strength
of our residents. It was designed by renowned artist Meg Saligman and adorns the lobby of our newest residence, Connelly House.
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This is what we have found in over thirty years of working with who believe – believe in the essential dignity of the human person.
those who have experienced homelessness, mental illness, and addic- If the spirit within us withers, so too will all the world we built
tion. We become most fully human when we enter the mystery of around it.
suffering and, with God’s grace, tap into the miracles of healing and We must begin to take the first steps, however small, on that
transformation. And we see those miracles occurring daily at Project long journey to where the wasteland ends and human wholeness and
H.O.M.E.: A man who has refused twenty times to come off of the fulfillment begin.
streets comes in the 21st time... a young woman who spent the first As the biblical prophet Isaiah said, “If you spend yourselves on
ten years homeless, came to Project H.O.M.E. with her recovering behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your
mother, and ten years later she is a junior at Albright College and her light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the
mother works full time and is a leader in our community... a fifty- noonday.” We need your light and the Truth to shine brightly in our
year-old mentally disabled person is completing his college degree cities, our country, our churches, and our world.
while working at the H.O.M.E. Page Café.
You can view this speech in its entirety on Project H.O.M.E.’s
WE ARE CONVINCED we must be people who see beyond what YouTube channel. Go to www.youtube.com/projecthomephilly.
we can touch and weigh and measure and count. We must be people
News from H.O.M.E.
A HEART FOR YOUTH which is a collaboration between
Former Secretary of State Colin Project H.O.M.E. and other agencies,
Powell was honored with Project including Women Against Abuse, is
H.O.M.E.’s 2011 Golden Heart Award beginning this month. This new
at a special breakfast on May 20. program is a vital part of our
Funds raised from the breakfast will go comprehensive vision of health for the
toward the newly established Alma and community, which will eventually be
Colin Powell Education Fund at the housed in the comprehensive Wellness
Honickman Learning Center and Center (see Dwelling Place, October
Comcast Technology Labs. This fund
will help provide scholarship FRESH AND HEALTHY
opportunities and college access Speaking of health, Project
support for youth in our community to H.O.M.E. has teamed up with Temple
move forward with their post- University's School of Hospitality and
General Colin Powell stands with students and alumnae
secondary education, as well as to of Project H.O.M.E.’s College Access Program.
Tourism and Fresh Grocer to foster a
make sure they are able to remain in healthier diet in our North Philadelphia
post-secondary programs. Currently, months of paid work internships where neighborhood. Six residents of our
22 students from our neighborhood are in they held down jobs, learned important Rowan Homes residence, along with their
college, with 10 recent graduates planning lessons about life and work, and acquired children, are overseeing a stand selling
to enroll this fall. To read General Powell’s marketable skills that can help secure affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to
remarks at the breakfast, go to the employment. We are starting a second neighbors every Saturday morning. Thanks
H.O.M.E. Word blog, round of the internship, which will include to Steve and Jennifer Korman for helping
www.projecthomeblog.org/?p=276. additional community partners as to make this project possible.
placement sites for the interns and will
SERVING OUR VETS allow us to increase the number of SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP
Project H.O.M.E.’s Veterans Training participants. We were saddened by the recent
and Employment Program is helping passing of Reverend Monsignor James J.
formerly homeless military veterans find AN EXPANDING VISIOIN Foley. For many years, Monsignor Foley
jobs and remake their lives using a model Project H.O.M.E.’s health clinic, served as pastor of Saints Peter and Paul
based upon the restorative power of work, located at our St. Elizabeth’s community Parish in West Chester, which has faithfully
education, and community. With support center in North Philadelphia, is expanding supported Project H.O.M.E. for two
from the Exelon Foundation and PECO, the services it provides to residents and decades. He was a great spiritual leader
eight veterans successfully completed nine neighbors. A new behavioral health project, and man of deep compassion.
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SOLUTIONS NOT CITATIONS
VICTORY FOR HOMELESS PERSONS IN CITY COUNCIL
PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS in Philadelphia, along with their advocates and con-
cerned citizens, won a significant victory. In May, Councilman Frank DiCicco proposed
a bill to amend the City's Sidewalk Behavior regulations, which could have potentially
criminalized homelessness. Project H.O.M.E. spearheaded a coalition called Solutions
Not Citations, sponsored by over sixty groups, which reached out to City Council and the
general public about keeping the focus on effective solutions. In the end, a legislative
compromise was reached, through which the City of Philadelphia maintained its commit-
Hundreds of homeless persons and advocates
ment to services and solutions as a primary approach to the needs of persons on our gathered outside City Hall on June 2 to call for
streets. We are thankful to all our partners and supporters who helped us win this impor- “Solutions Not Citations.”
tant victory. And we are grateful for the political leadership of Councilwoman Jannie
Blackwell and others who helped achieve this victory. Now we need to keep working to end chronic homelessness in Philadelphia.
MAKING HOPE REAL… OUR WISH LIST
OUR WORK WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE were it not for the amazing community of sup-
porters from all walks of life who help us bring our vision and hope to life on a daily YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT of the
basis. Here are some of our recent donors who made special gifts: Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Program is
vital to the work we do at Project
• Gary and Kathy Z. Anderson • Robert M. McAlaine H.O.M.E. As we continue to make strides
• Bank of America • Joseph J. and Susan B. Miller in advancing our programs, our needs for
• Barra Foundation • John P. Moran items and assistance are also changing. To
• Citizens Bank • Ronald J. and Suzanne Naples donate or volunteer, please schedule with
• Coles House Fund of The Philadelphia • Neubauer Family Foundation Carly Ianuzzi at 215-232-7272 x3015 or
Foundation • Oak Philanthropy (UK) Limited email@example.com.
• EFM Foundation • Pew Charitable Trusts
• David J. and Jaimie S. Field • Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
• Robert A. and Esther G. Fox • PNC Financial Services Group Residential Wish List: digital cameras
• Jim and Mignon Groch • Daniel H. and Margo B. Polett for photography class • blender for nutri-
• Halloran Philanthropies • Joseph L. Reilly tion class • washcloths and towels
• Hamilton Family Foundation • Robert M. and Barbara S. Ryan (NEW only) • twin sheet sets (NEW
• Haverford Trust Company • Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic only) • blankets and comforters (NEW
• Homeless Assistance Fund Community only) • pillows (NEW only) • men and
• Paul J. and Margaret Hondros • United Way of Southeastern women’s underwear (NEW only) • short-
• Ira M. Lubert and Pam Estadt Pennsylvania sleeve shirts • personal care items (men’s
• James J. and Frances M. Maguire • van Ameringen Foundation and women’s soap, shampoo, lotion,
• James J. and Lisa Maguire • Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation toothbrushes, deodorant, toothpaste, shav-
ing cream, razors) • move-in kits (show-
er curtains, curtain liners, silverware, dish
Crystal Lincoln, a resident of sets, pots and pans, bath rugs) • yarn for
Rowan Homes, participates in knitting • cleaning supplies • flash
the fashion show at the 2011
Women Empowering Women
benefit for Project H.O.M.E. Volunteer Wish List: computer tutors •
The event brings together GED tutors • volunteers with experi-
women from all walks of life for ence working with Special Education
an evening of fashion and adults to teach life skills, math and educa-
compassion. This year's high- tional workshops • volunteers with expe-
lights included Emme as the rience working with elementary and mid-
MC and music from Eddie
dle school campers • K-8 volunteers to
Bruce. Thank you to the
lead activities for the summer program,
Phoenix Salon and Spa for
hosting the event, and for their
including robotics, dance, zumba, arts
continued support, and thanks and crafts, exercise and sports, martial
to everyone who participated. arts, yoga, and drama.
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PROJECT H.O.M.E. PHILADELPHIA, PA
1515 Fairmount Avenue PERMIT NO. 01219
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(Housing, Opportunities for
Employment, Medical Care, Education)
empowers people to break the cycle of home-
lessness, address the structural causes of
poverty, and attain their fullest potential as
members of society. Our work is rooted in our
conviction of the dignity of each person and
our belief that all are entitled to decent, afford-
able housing and quality education, employ-
ment, and health care. We achieve this through
street outreach; supportive housing; compre-
hensive services; community development;
employment training and opportunities; adult
and youth education; health care; environmen-
tal enhancement; and political advocacy.
1515 and 1523 Fairmount Avenue
Hope Haven I/II, 2827-28 Diamond St.
Connelly House, 1212 Ludlow St.
Kairos House, 1440 N. Broad St.
Kate’s Place, 1929 Sansom St.
Rowan I, 2729-A W. Diamond St.
Rowan II, 1901 N. Judson St. Free Library of Philadelphia
St. Columba, 4133 Chestnut St. Parkway Branch – 1901 Vine Street
St. Elizabeth’s Recovery, 1850 N. Croskey St.
Women of Change, 2042 Arch St. Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
SUPPORT SERVICES & PROGRAMS Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Adult Education, Employment & Arts
Community Development Corporation
Education and Advocacy This innovative partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia and
Healthcare Services Project H.O.M.E. provides jobs in a lovely and comfortable setting.
Honickman Learning Center and Featuring freshly-brewed Starbucks coffee, baked goods from
Comcast Technology Labs Metropolitan Bakery, fine sandwiches, salads, and soups.
Outreach Coordination Center
BUSINESSES Stay Connected! Project H.O.M.E.’s Resident Advisory Council,
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Our Daily Threads, 215-232-6322
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Luther King, Jr.:
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