Check out some of these awesome shots taken at the 4th Annual EPD.
We had a WONDERFUL time with our neighbors this year!
Photo Creds to our German Volunteer: “Felizitas Bitzenhofer”
Consistent supporters of PIHN, The Greentree Community Health Foundation created an article spotlighting organizations who are helping fight Homelessness. Below is an article from them featuring our very own Alumni, Nancy!
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) families, staff and volunteers as well as many representatives from the Family Service ProviderÔÇÖs Network (FSPN) testified on March 13th about the need for a Homelessness Prevention Plan this past┬áMonday┬áat a City Council public hearing.┬áThe hearing, sponsored by the CouncilÔÇÖs Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and Homelessness advocated for funding for a robust homelessness prevention program to relieve PhillyÔÇÖs log-jammed shelter system with long waiting lists.
Andrea Jourden┬áand┬áNancy House, PIHN alumni, ┬áspoke about their struggles to find housing they could afford and how they are doing so much better since PIHNÔÇÖs shallow rent subsidy and master lease program.┬á As working, low income families, their stay in shelter could have been shortened or avoided all-together had resources been available earlier.┬áAubrey, NancyÔÇÖs 11 year old daughter spoke eloquently about the impact of housing insecurity on her family and her difficulty concentrating in school when the family was struggling prior to entering┬áPIHNÔÇÖs Master Lease Housing program that offers shallow rent subsidies.┬áPIHNÔÇÖs Director┬áRachel Falkove, and other FSPN providers, suggested that City Council:
1)┬áDirect $3,000,000 from the Housing Trust Fund for Homelessness Prevention efforts.
2)┬áAllocate $3,000,000 from the General Fund to strengthen the contract agencies that have been flat-funded for the past 8 years.
3)┬áAllocate $25,000 for trauma informed care training programs.
We are hopeful that these requested changes combined with strengthening the role of public/private/faith-based partnerships will result in helping 750 families avoid the experience of homelessness.
PIHN families of┬áAndrea Jourden┬á,┬áNancy┬áand┬áAubrey House┬á(shown in photo above) &┬áRachel Falkove (below) at Press Conference before the Hearing.
HereÔÇÖs a shout out to PIHNÔÇÖs project partners, Sisters of Salaam Shalom for an article this past Thursday in the Philadelphia Inquirer and to Tom Costello of The Joy of Sox in last weekÔÇÖs People Magazine human interest feature!┬á┬á Both articles mention PIHN and the ways PIHN families are strengthened by their work.┬á┬á It totally takes a village, and our project partners really do go the extra mile.┬á WeÔÇÖre honored to be working with them!
Many thanks to Unitarian Society of Germantown for hosting the annual neighborhood Martin Luther King Day of Service, bringing together hundreds of local volunteers!┬á The day reaped many benefits for PIHN- a cleaner and more organized family center, a start on bowls for next year’s Empty Bowl Dinner, lots of Houses for Change and some much needed shelving in our office!
Seen here- Debby Stern, PIHN Coordinator at Germantown Jewish Centre and granddaughters, Hanna and Gabriella, making their Houses for Change to collect spare coins to help bring about positive change for PIHN families
In the past month, PIHN has come together with Raymour & Flanigan to raise funds for┬á SEPTA passes to distribute to our neighbors who need transportation to get to job interviews, new jobs or take care of other responsinilities. Thanks to all of you, our “Wheels to Work” fundraiser was a wonderful success! Thanks to the generosity Raymour & Flanigan with an extra check from SEPTA, PIHN will be able to 571 bus tokens for PIHN and community families in need of transportation assistance.
Together, we can fill an empty bowl.
Many of us have spare change lying around the house.
So, I, Christopher Rathbun, pledge to complete the Empty Bowl Challenge by taking and posting a picture with an empty bowl, filling that bowl with spare change, and contributing that amount or more to help a family experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia and around the world.
I nominate all of my neighbors and family to complete the Empty Bowl Challenge! You have 48 hours to pass this along to 3 of your friends! (You don’t have to be nominated, take the challenge yourself!) Every year, the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) hosts an event called the Empty Bowl Dinner that raises awareness about family hunger and homelessness. Every guest leaves with an empty hand-made bowl as a reminder that every night hundreds of families go hungry in the City of Philadelphia.
Learn more and donate at┬áhttp://philashelter.org/index.php/how-to help/donate/. Every donation helps a family experiencing homelessness.#emptybowlchallenge┬á#PIHN
Also, if you have any stories about attending an Empty Bowl Dinner, volunteering with families experiencing homelessness, and want to share something about your experience or want to share something about how you use your Empty Bowl, feel free to write something additional!
We are excited to announce that PIHN has moved its Northeast Daycenter and office to the second floor of 6730 Torresdale Avenue, 19135. While we are sad to say goodbye to our former neighbors at the OCCCDA, this new location provides easy accessibility, and its location above Councilman Bobby HenonÔÇÖs office makes PIHN a convenient resource for community members. The new day center includes new amenities, such as a full kitchen and washer/dryer for our current and alumni guest families to utilize.
PIHN realizes, along with other agencies providing social services in Northeast Philadelphia, ┬áthat we could more effectively serve the community through collaboration and coordination. Therefore, Councilman Henon has entrusted Emma Wagner, who previously served as a PIHN intern, with formally organizing the Northeast Service Team (NEST). NEST is┬áa collaboration of organizations that work together in order to ensure that vulnerable residents of Northeast Philadelphia will have access to all of the services and resources they need to thrive.
NESTÔÇÖs vision is that every individual and family in Northeast Philadelphia will live abundant lives, free of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. NEST is comprised of many great agencies, including Catholic Community Services, CityReach, Feast of Justice, Friends Hospital, The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, Holy Family University Family Center, Kingdom Life Christian Center, The Philadelphia Furniture Bank, PIHN, Star of Hope Baptist Church, and Turning Points For Children.
We are thrilled to introduce our new faith community partner- Masjidullah, a Muslim community at Washington Lane and Limekiln Pike.┬á Inspired by the Imam Roberto RashidÔÇÖs commitment to interfaith partnerships, members of Masjidullah responded generously to PIHNÔÇÖs recent request for food contributions to cover a month of hospitality for our families.┬á The community raised over $1,000 to cover hosting expenses.┬á While Masjidullah cannot physically host PIHN families, many of the members have also stepped up to volunteer when our families are staying in other congregations. The community warmly welcomed PIHNÔÇÖs Executive Director , Rachel Falkove, at a recent Friday worship service.┬á
We thank all of our supporters for making Empty Plate Dinner 2015 such a success!
We thank the businesses who donated items for our raffles and┬áprize┬ábaskets:
Fat JackÔÇÖs BBQ
Giant Food Stores
GinoÔÇÖs Pizza & Spaghetti House
La Petite Puppy Salon
Saul Funeral Homes, Inc.
Sweet LucyÔÇÖs Smokehouse
Three Monkeys Cafe
For a list of Empty Plate Dinner food contributors, please visit our Empty Plate Dinner page.
Visit our Empty Plate Dinner page to learn more about this fun and delicious springtime event, including advertisement and sponsorship opportunities.
Please take a moment to read our 2013-2014 annual report. It’s been a successful year, thanks in no small part to your continued support. We extend heartfelt appreciation to our PIHN network of staff, families, congregations, coordinators, volunteers, donors, and sponsors.┬áYou helped fill the pages of our annual report with great news. Read on to find out about our name change, our wonderful children and youth programs, and more!
Empty Plate Dinner 2014 has come and gone, but we still remember it as a great event celebrating the strength of community. Save the date for next year’s Empty Plate Dinner, scheduled for Saturday April 18, 2015. In the mean time, click here to watch┬áthis video of the event created by student volunteer Taylor Ruso. And below are some pictures form the event as well. We thank you for your support of our inaugural Empty Plate Dinner and look forward to seeing you next year!
We thank our community of supporters and sponsors who helped make Jazz it Up ’14 such a success. We also thank the musicians who donated their time and talent to present a spectacular jazz festival. We congratulate Jazz it Up! Producer Justin Fink on a second spectacular day of live jazz music. As you look back at these pictures from the event, we hope you remember what a good time you had┬áwhile furthering┬áNPIHN’s mission to find lasting solutions to┬áfamily homelessness. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
Friends of NPIHN are pleased to report the following sponsors for this yearÔÇÖs Jazz it Up! on Sunday May 18th:
We thank our community of supporters for all they do to keep us going and growing!
If you attended Jazz it Up! last year, then you will remember all the fun that was had watching the live jazz performances on the 7165 Lounge stage. This year, we have added new acts and brought back a few of your faves from last year! We’ve also added an Old School dance party to end of the night with a special guest DJ. Read on to find the musicians scheduled to perform on Sunday May 18th at Jazz it Up! For more information, please call 215-247-4663 ext. 102.
Savor a tasty mix of old school jazz and blues, classic klezmer, New Orleans-style brass, and Latin jazz!
12 NOON to 3 PM ÔÇô JAZZ BRUNCH
Old-School Jazz & Blues – un poco picante
JAZZ DOCTORS WITH JEANNIE BROOKS & SPECIAL GUEST TONY WILLIAMS
Classic Klezmer, Jewish Jazz ÔÇô a family affair
THE FABULOUS SPIELKEHS, FEATURING ELAINE HOFFMAN WATTS & SUSAN WATTS
3 to 7 PM – AFTERNOON JAZZ PARTY & BUFFET
New Orleans-Style Brass ÔÇô everything they do gonna be funky. . .
NEW SOUND BRASS BAND
Jazz & Soul – Philly songstress, passion from the heart. . .
MICHAL BECKHAM QUARTET
Latin Jazz ÔÇô hot tropical rhythms for the mind, body and soul!
PABLO BATISTAÔÇÖS MAMBO JAZZ EXPRESS
7 to 9:30 PM – OLD SCHOOL DANCE PARTY
Playing the jams that stand the test of time!
DJ MIKE HURT OF MIKE HURT ENTERTAINMENT