Volume 2 | August 2018
News & Updates
Over the past several months, SELF has updated our "brand." We modernized our logo and website and now have a presence on social media. We developed this internal and external communications structure to enhance message delivery and strengthen our ability to advocate for our participants and affect policy.

We’re excited to announce that our new and totally redesigned website is now live. Our new website provides a clear message of who we are, what we do, who we serve and our values. It boasts an impactful and responsive design, intuitive navigation, and substantive content. We invite you to connect with us on social media (see icons below), take a look at our website, and let us know what you think!
Erie House is Now Permanent Housing!
We are proud to announce that Erie House is now permanent supportive housing! SELF has provided emergency and transitional housing for our city’s most vulnerable communities for more than 30 years. "We are pleased that our partners at the Office of Homeless Services have joined to support our vision to provide needed permanent supportive housing to those experiencing homelessness in our city,” said Mike Hinson, President and Chief Operating Officer, at a recent meeting.
Home Again: 10 Participants To Permanent Homes in July
Last month, our case management team was able to help 10 SELF participants secure permanent housing making a real difference in their lives and paving the way for personal transformation!
SELF in the News: Philadelphia Sunday Sun
The Philadelphia Sunday Sun recently describing our work and impact on the community. Please Read by cutting and pasting the address into your browser or click the link below to access the article:

SELF in the News: Philadelphia Inquirer
Mike Hinson is pictured here speaking with a SELF participant. This Inquirer special report provided highlighted the issue of "patient dumping" and advanced medical needs of many in homeless shelters

Cut and paste the address into your browser or click the link below to access the article: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/homeless-shelters-philadelphia-hospitals-medical-care-temple-jefferson-20180628.html/

Congratulations to our July Employee of the Month:
Devlin Kennedy-Colclough
Self, Inc. Team Members chose Devin Kennedy-Colclough as Employee of the Month for July 2018. Devin works as a Maintenance Worker for Self, Inc.

His commitment to excellence helps keep our facilities safe, clean, and well maintained. We thank Devin for his compassion, and dedication to community.

We Took the Pride Challenge! Did You?
The True Colors Fund, founded by Cyndi Lauper, awarded SELF with a Certificate of Appreciation for our team’s completion of the 2018 Pride Challenge. In total, 90 SELF team members completed the two-hour online training to help the City of Philadelphia win the national challenge. Big thanks to Jessica Sones of the Office of Homeless Services for organizing our winning strategy. OHS set out to train staff across the Philadelphia homeless services system to provide inclusive and affirming services for Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

SELF Alum Yvette Clark Loves Her New Home
Yvette Clark is a wonderful example of why we do the work we do. So often, people have difficult times. Their goal isn't to be homeless. Read Yvette Clark's story to learn more.

"I’ve always been able to take care of myself. I am not and have never been afraid of hard work. But after working for a company for several years, I was laid off and could not find another job. That is how me and my mom ended up at Erie House. 

I tell you, the women there were so kind to us. I was intent on finding me a job so I could get a place. Every week I walked from Erie House, all the way to the Philadelphia Unemployment Project to look for work. Thank God, that when I got there someone gave me a ride back or I was able to get a token. If I needed to walk back, I would have done it but God had it so I didn’t have to.

Now, I have so much to be grateful for. I have to thank the Erie House, Connections, and Rapid Rehousing for my beautiful apartment. It’s all mine and I am so, so proud. Now I am looking for my mom so she can move in with me. I am so happy to have a place to call my own.  The ladies at Erie House saved my life. I will always be grateful!," Yvette Clark, former SELF participant.
SELF Team Takes CPR Training to Save Lives
SELF Program Managers attended a CPR training recently to learn how to save lives. Team Members were inspired by the selfless quick thinking of Quinton Kennedy, Assistant Program Manager, who recently performed CPR on a SELF team member helping to extend his life.
 At the half-day training, team members not only learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but learned how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and First Aide as well.

Our New Administrative Office is Now Open in Center City
SELF’s administrative team moved into new digs at 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 205. Thank you to our program partner Urban Affairs Coalition who helped us identify and secure the space. Over the past year the administrative worked from several SELF facilities to save money. The new lease also boosts a sizeable budgetary savings that has been placed back into participant programming. Stay tuned for an announcement about our Open House in the fall!
Looking for a Wonderfully Rewarding Experience?
Join Our Team!
We are Looking to Hire a Director of Programs!
The Director of Programs is a newly created and dynamic administrative position that works across multiple program sites to implement the transformation goals of SELF, Inc. through high level performing educational, skills building, career focused, informational and supportive programs. Using research and best practices the Director of Programs will develop, coordinate, administer, implement and evaluate organizational programming. The Director of Programs will ensure that proper procedures, protocols, benchmarks and reporting metrics are established, implemented and evaluated according to SELF, Inc. programmatic goals and program funder requirements. To apply, send a cover letter and resume along with salary requirements to: jobs@selfincorp.org.
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