From the Director’s pen: Nine years ago this Summer, we were polishing the final wording of the 2010 Plan to End Homelessness in Philadelphia by that year. Two years of extensive, nationwide research shaped by an excellent editor brought our work, our mission ready for presentation. Our route to achieving that high goal has been [...]
We have many exiting new artistic creations to choose from, and some classic cards from years past. Another new offering this year is the 10-card “grab bag”–a random mix of cards in convenient and affordable 10-packs. Get your cards customized or blank, buy in bulk or small orders, all through a simple online process. Order [...]
An outreach shelter in Kensington, the Hope Outreach United Church of Christ, has been ordered to shut its doors by the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspection. Many consider this to be the evil hand of city bureaucracy, but there may be another side to the story. If the shelter was not able to pass [...]
Thee important services provided in our Day Center here at 802 N. Broad St.
PCEH continues to expand in the world of social media. Follow us now on Facebook, Twitter and Causes.com. You already know about Facebook and Twitter. Causes.com is an online advocacy and fundraising network for thousands of various causes and non-profit organizations. The Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness now has its own causes.com profile. Feel free [...]
I officially feel old. My students from St. Joseph University’s Service-Learning program graduated last May, which makes me very proud. Stanley, Michael, Tim, and Kristin all taught me the most important lesson about street outreach: how to relax and to listen.
Last week, The Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness (PCEH) sent out a direct mailing to its long list of supporters. Over 2500 people received the mailing which comprised of a two-page handwritten letter penned by Deanna Marshall, the recent recipient of a home thanks to PCEH’s SafeHome initiative. Deanna eloquently shared her family’s story in the letter while also voicing her opinion on homelessness. When discussing what motivated her to write the letter, Marshall said simply that she wanted to write it, “because of what I see in my community and what I see every day when I walk outside my door.”
Friends, family, and co-workers gathered at The Plastic Club on the evening of May 19th to celebrate the extraordinary life of Dr. Jose Castillo, or as he was known to many, “Dr. Pepe”. Castillo, who passed away last year, was known well for his selfless efforts to treat poorer citizens of Philadelphia without access to health care.
Sheila Crowley, President of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, called PCEH’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness “a conscience rattling examination of our obligations, our opportunities and our options. Take a look Mr. President and Mr. Secretary,” she wrote, “what we have to do together is all here. Housing is the linchpin of the plan.”