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 PIHNÔÇÖs community of families, volunteers and supporters.. One attendee described the experience as ÔÇ£like being in a roomful of love.ÔÇØ 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.┬á┬á 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 AssociationÔÇÖs 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 PIHNÔÇÖs work to prevent and alleviate family homelessness.
and we so look forward to seeing you next year!
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,┬áAuf 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!┬áOur 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!┬áWe are making tremendous progress┬áwith our house renovations and expect to move the Thomas Family into their new home within the next 3 weeks.┬áLike 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!
To Donate Online, Visit:
Thank you for participating in creating an affordable home for
a wonderful, hard-working family!
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!┬áÔÖÑ
An┬áHonor of Recognition
Receiving FUMCOG’s┬áSocial Justice Award
Last week, Executive Director Rachel Falkove┬áreceived the annual Social and Racial Justice award given by The First United Methodist Church in Germantown (FUMCOG) this past MLK day weekend.┬áAlso recognized for maintaining one of the most respected agencies in the city, this award is granted as an honor to those┬áwho cross racial or ethnic lines making significant contributions toward the resolution of issues┬áregarding┬ásocial and racial injustice.┬á
Holiday Shopping with a Purpose
Wrapping up PIHN On the Hill Day
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality NetworkÔÇÖs community and supporters kept Chestnut HillÔÇÖs charming village shops filled with shoppers in support of PIHN On the Hill Day held December 10th this year! Proceeds went to the PIHN ChildrenÔÇÖs Fund, supplying school supplies, uniforms, winter wear, scholarships, learning programs, extracurricular activities and camperships for the children we support. Special thanks to our participating Chestnut Hill businesses – Artisans on the Avenue, Bohemian Pink, Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop, Chill on the Hill, Evergreen Cheese Shop, J. Mclaughlin, Iron Hill Brewery, Mango, Quelque Chose, Tavern on the Hill, Ten Thousand Villages, Threadwell, and Windfall Gallery for playing a huge role in spreading the spirit of holiday generosity in support of PIHN children!┬á
To a SOUPer Evening..
Our Empty Bowl Dinner’s Success!
- Thank You -
The 2017 Empty Bowl Dinner was the BEST! We say that about each Empty Bowl Dinner, but this time we are not exaggerating!┬á It was well attended; our bowls were beautiful; the soups were delicious┬á and the desserts were fabulous!┬á Mike McGrath wasÔÇª.Milke McGrath, and the Philly Phanatic made us all smile! Congrats to Katie Pearson who won the 2015 Recycled Rides Hyundai Sonata!┬á
Many thanks to our host, United Lutheran Seminary, to our dinner host, Mike McGrath, to our corporate sponsors, advertisers, bowl makers, restaurant donors,┬á bread and cake makers, home bakers, soup shleppers and more than 100 volunteers. Special thanks to our hard working Empty Bowl Dinner Committee ( Cheryl Barber, Cynthia LaLone, Emmanuel Philor, Helene Broitman, Jamilla Mitchell, Lauren Casper, LaVerne Jones, Mel Strieb, & Shirlyn Swann). And an additional thanks to Arcadia University for hosting it’s own Empty Bowl Dinner on our behalf two days earlier! We raised community awareness of family homelessness and over $35,000 in support for PIHNÔÇÖs programs!┬á A very FUN and SUCCESSFUL┬á night!
Volunteer for Our Empty Bowl Dinner!
Click the links provided below to sign-up for a role to play during the dinner.┬áYour willingness to volunteer will ensure the success of this remarkable community event┬áto combat┬áhomelessness!┬á
Greeters and Servers:
Can You Be a Souper Schlepper?
We are also in need of volunteers to run around and gather soups from local food donators prepared for the big night! If you are interested, please contact Rachel Falkove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-247-4663 ext. 136