Sister Mary

So to post a somewhat opposite post to my one previously about getting rid of the homeless around Logan Circle and the whole Mayor Street/Philadelphia initiative to build a place for the homeless, I watched NBC nightly news last night and saw a segment about Philadelphia.

It’s always fun to realize that its your city on TV and then have it be a nice and sweet story about the people that live here. The news segment was about Sister Mary. Sister Mary helped co-found Project H.O.M.E.

S._Mary__Joan.jpgSister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons In 1989, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project H.O.M.E., a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Under their leadership, Project H.O.M.E has grown from an emergency winter shelter to 273 units of housing and three businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons. Project H.O.M.E. also prevents homelessness in a low-income neighborhood in North Philadelphia in partnership with Crown Cork & Seal Co. This initiative includes three after school programs, greening vacant lots, adult learning classes, economic development and home ownership for the working poor. Project H.O.M.E. has leveraged over $20,000,000 in equity towards housing development.

It seems she’s doing amazing work for Philadelphia and the homeless. If you want to help, you can donate or volunteer, both have links on Project H.O.M.E. website.

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