We would like to give a well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS to PIHN Alumni, Erica Bush, on winning the shiny, red 2015 Toyota donated by Geico and Service King through the National Auto Body Association’s Recycled Rides Program! Erica was awarded her new car at our 2018 Empty Bowl Dinner held at United Lutheran Seminary after submitting a carefully written essay describing her experiences defeating homelessness, and explaining the numerous ways a new set of wheels would benefit her with general transit and her commute to a new position as an RN. Erica had this to say:
“Dear Friends from Geico, Service King, Recycled Rides and the National Auto Body Association,
My daughter and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity. I cannot find the right words to truly tell you how grateful I am to be the recipient of this reliable, shiny, great car!
Your selfless acts of kindness have been shown in every way. This car was prepped by people with huge hearts willing to help someone. I thank you for all of your time, thoughtfulness, and expertise. You have helped me in a tremendous way.
As a person who has experienced homelessness twice (many life struggles) to becoming a recent college graduate with a living wage job offer—I want to let you know that this car will get me to that job, bring stability and make a huge difference in my life.
And of course, to my friends at Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance: You are all beautiful people. Thank you so very much for accompanying me on my 10- year journey to stability. It sometimes takes a village and this village has clearly been there for me!!!
Erica’s story is what PIHN strives to narrate with all the work we do. We could not be more proud of Erica for overcoming her fight with homelessness and would like to thank Recycled Rides, as well as Geico this year, for delivering refurbished cars to alumni from our program over the years. Best of luck to you with your new position Erica!
Celebrating Two Decades of Empty Bowl!
Thank You for ALL the Support You’ve Given
(PIHN’s 2018 Empty Bowl Dinner)
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network’s 20th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner ushered in this Season of Thanks for PIHN’s community of families, volunteers and supporters.. One attendee described the experience as “like being in a roomful of love.” The dinner was a feast for our eyes and bellies-with soups and desserts donated by 65 local restaurants and community groups, dished out in beautiful bowls donated from over 25 different pottery programs and clay artists. Even the beautiful floral center pieces were donated by two local garden clubs
Congratulations to PIHN alum, Erica Bush, on winning the shiny, red 2015 Toyota donated by Geico and Service King through the National Auto Body Association’s Recycled Rides Program!
Many thanks to our host United Lutheran Seminary, and for all the tremendous assistance we have received from our Corporate Sponsors, Advertisers, Restaurant Donors, Bread & Cake makers, Home Bakers, Soup Schleppers and our 100+ volunteers! Kudos to our Empty Bowl Committee headed by our Queen of Soups, Cynthia LaLone, and assisted by LaVerne M. Jones and Shirlyn Swann. Shout outs to PIHN staff: Bob Byrne, Christian Gordon Scott, Emmanuel Philor, Deb Kish Silver, Keyonnee Thalia, who worked hard to promote the dinner and keep all running smoothly.
Additionally, a BIG thanks to Arcadia University for hosting their own 25th annual Empty Bowl Dinner in support of PIHN 2 nights before our dinner on November 14th. It was a great week of pottery, fellowship and soup! Both events together, raised nearly $40,000 in support of PIHN’s work to prevent and alleviate family homelessness.
and we so look forward to seeing you next year!
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all who participated in our first annual “There’s No NPlace Like Home” 5k! It was so rewarding to see all of the Oz costumes in support of PIHN’s Homelessness Prevention Program. Since beginning our goal to raise $10,000, we are very pleased to announce that it has been far surpassed. This year, PIHN has raised a total $14,733 in funds to prevent homelessness in Philadelphia, and we could not have done it without you! Your steps have made milestones, and we couldn’t be more grateful for our AMAZING community!
Check out our Photo Album [HERE] and on our Facebook!
Saying Goodbye to Our Boys
Thank You David and Jakob!
Thanks guys, for moving families, cleaning, organizing, and building some genuine connections with so many of the kids in our program! We want to wish the very best to David who is headed to England to study music production, and Jakob who is headed to Germany pursuing his life in fine arts. Please take care guys, Auf Wiedersehen!
PIHN owns a house in a rapidly developing section of Germantown that was gifted to us 10 years ago. It has already been home to 5 families who are now homeowners and/or market rate tenants. The house is waiting for it’s next family but needs some structural rehab that must be done before we move in the Thomas family of 6. They have been in our shelter program for 6 months and were without a home for one year prior.
We are only $500 away! Our PIHN community has shown SO much support for our house rehab and as we are closing in on our online goal of $10,000, we owe it all to you! We are making tremendous progress with our house renovations and expect to move the Thomas Family into their new home within the next 3 weeks. Like all renovation projects, we have discovered a few new issues and would like to exceed our goal in order to minimize the loan amount. With just a little bit more to go, we can provide a comfortable living space for the Thomas family!
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Thank you for participating in creating an affordable home for
a wonderful, hard-working family!
Back to School time can be very stressful for low income, hard-working families because of the need to make many purchases outside of their budget in order to ready their children for a new school year. PIHN Alumni decided to take matters ito their own hands by organizing a series of flea markets with all proceeds going toward purchasing uniform vouchers! We welcome the help of our community by donating household items, clothes, children’s toys and also by volunteering. Please contact keyonnee at (215) 450-0171 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to drop by and shop too! Thank you so much for ALL that you do!
Future Dates To Be Announced.
College Guidance Added to Our Resources!
We are always trying to update our resources tab for members of PIHN community to use depending on any given situation. In addition to tips about Wellness, Single-Parenting, and Youth Programs we have added a new set of sources that a specifically catered to picking the right type of higher educati0n and how to pay for it! Check out these resources as well as others that we continually make updates to by clicking the link below. If you have any resources, or programs to share with us, we will be more than happy to relay that info to the families that we serve!
A Special Thanks to the Community
Our Empty Plate Dinner Wrap-Up
This past weekend PIHN celebrated it’s 5th annual Empty Plate Dinner, where we received a huge turnout from our community in the Northeast! With over 70 restaurants serving food from all over the Philadelphia area, we were able to really showcase what can be accomplished when a village comes together. Special shoutouts to the Professional Women in Aviation, Arcadia University students our large support net of volunteers, and finally our dinner sponsor Brynn Mawr Trust who helped our dinner run smoothly. THANK YOU for your continuing support and we’ll see you all next year! ♥
One of PIHN’s very own, Aubree House, recently wrote a poem that was selected for presentation at the All City Oratorical Contest in celebration of Black History Month. In addition to grabbing a star role in her school play “Hairspray!”, Aubree is really putting her best foot forward and making us very proud! Read Aubree’s poem “Take a Knee” below.
Can we Take a Knee?
Can we take a knee and stand up for our rights?
Can we take a knee and stop all the fights?
Can we take a knee and realize black lives do matter?
Can we take a knee and save lives from being shattered?
Can we take a knee and realize for a second
Every single day some lives are being threatened?
Can we take a knee and stand up against police brutality?
I can’t believe our world has come to this very harsh reality.
Can we take a knee and stop all the hate?
Can we take a knee and begin to retaliate?
Can we take a knee and stand up for what we believe?
Can we take a knee and see what we all can achieve?
Can we take a knee and speak up when something’s wrong?
Not by yourself, but together … we are strong!
Can we take a knee and treat others with respect?
If you don’t … then think of all the people you might affect.
I’m saying this to you today, to tell you something true.
All the violence in the world … isn’t something new.
Can we take a knee and make this world adjust?
Can we take a knee, not just by myself, but with all of us?
Can we take a knee?