Dear Friend,
When times are tough, people rely on HopePHL™ for a safe space to raise their children, food to nourish them, and support that helps them reengage in school or work. At HopePHL they build skills so they can achieve their goals, like moving to an apartment, finding a better job, or improving their parenting skills. When they have knowledge and experience to share, they also have a chance to shine as a mentor for others. Like Terry, who discovered new connections working with other parents.

Terry (her name has been changed for privacy) lives in HopePHL’s supportive housing. She is raising her 15-year-old grandson. For Terry, creating a positive environment for him has always been her top priority. She has gone above and beyond to ensure his well-being. Terry was the first person to sign up for the Parenting Collaborative group being offered free of charge in her building. While she gained new insights on raising a teen in this fast-paced digital age, she also has taken on the role of a mentor, offering guidance to younger parents and helping them identify job readiness skills that they need to develop. Her positive attitude and willingness to help others have made her an essential member of the group, providing inspiration to those seeking guidance.

Her contributions to the Parenting Collaborative group have made a lasting impact, and we are excited to watch her build a sense of community with her neighbors for a common purpose — to ensure kids living at HopePHL are supported both in and out of school and have hope for the future. Because people with hope, thrive.

Your support enables us to provide essential programs like the Parenting Collaborative group, which extend our impact beyond housing and basic needs for the people we serve. It is through your contributions that we can create a nurturing and empowering environment, offering individuals like Terry the tools and opportunities they need to improve their lives and positively influence their communities.

On behalf of Terry and all those whose lives you touch through your generosity, thank you.

Kathy Desmond
HopePHL Awarded $250,000 in Support of Homelessness Prevention
As individuals and families across the country struggle with inflation and an exponential rise in rental costs, affordable housing providers face increased hardship given the growing demand for affordable rental units and emergency rental assistance. HopePHL™ is one of 37 non-profit organizations selected from more than 450 applicants to receive this grant.
The grant will support HopePHL’s homelessness prevention work, which assists people at risk of homelessness in Philadelphia to remain in their homes and avoid emergency shelter. Through case management and direct financial assistance grants, the agency’s program provides West Philadelphia families with support to overcome a housing crisis. Since its launch in July 2020, HopePHL's program has successfully delivered these services to 355 families and has provided over $880,000 in emergency rental assistance grants.
Spotlight on: HopePHL Board Member, Mary Hall
My Job Title, CompanyManager of Customer Experience (CX), PECO

Last read book or favorite book: Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherrill Tippins

You can find me streaming: Kaskade

Guiding principle, philosophy, or mottoDon’t compare yourself to
others and compete only with yourself.

What You Were Most Surprised to Learn about HopePHL: I was most surprised to learn of HopePHL's deep involvement in every aspect of the community. From housing, food and education, all of the things that many of us take for granted. By focusing on these needs, HopePHL helps to elevate individuals so that they can begin to develop and reach their own hopes and dreams. 

Why you joined HopePHL’s Board: I joined the HopePHL board because I was impressed with the holistic approach the organization takes to improving the lives of others.

Year joined the Board(s): 2020

Vote for HopePHL and the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
The Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival has been nominated for Metro’s Philly’s Best in the Annual Festival category! Vote using the link below. You can vote once in any category every day until August 7!           
Kids Care Therapy Group Sparks a Special Bond
by Laurie Amado, Behavioral Health Therapist
This quarter we have been doing a therapeutic group for children living in HopePHL housing, called "Kids Care." One of the most memorable moments in this group was when one little boy’s mother came to me and said, “This is the first time that my son (who is on the autism spectrum) has made a friend who is not autistic.”  
The group has allowed two boys to connect, who otherwise may not even be in the same spaces, since one goes to a school specifically for children on the autism spectrum. This has also done a lot for his self-esteem.  For the other boy, this interaction may have broken down some stigmas around others who may be “different." This is really what this group is about- building connection and care between children, who will hopefully also take that to other spaces they are in. 
HopePHL Leaders attend the Philadelphia African American Leadership Development Forum
Listed L to R: Jennifer K Smith, Communications Manager; Tomeka Lee, Co-Founder, TriZen; Omari Baye, Manager BELL Project; Sherry Wherry, PAALDF Facilitator
The Philadelphia African American Leadership Development Forum (PAALDF), powered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Impact Fund was created in 2017 in partnership with the Urban League of Philadelphia as an innovative program, sensitively designed exclusively for African American nonprofit leaders. It includes classic leadership training content and exposure to regional and national thought leaders in the nonprofit field.
This year, two HopePHL managers were selected to attend the program: Omari Baye, BELL Program Manager and Jennifer K. Smith, Communications Manager. This highly interactive program is completely facilitated by African American presenters, panelists, and subject matter experts. At the heart and soul of PAALDF is a commitment to provide a safe platform for honest and hard-hitting discourse about “Leading While Black.” Braided into each session is a strong focus on the unique needs, perspectives, issues, opportunities, and challenges of African American leaders. Throughout the program, are dedicated times for program participants to reflect, connect, goal set and network, to reinforce the development of a community of peers.
The New Freedom District Celebrates the Lex Street Garden Opening
The New Africa Center, in collaboration with HopePHL and Penn Praxis, has been diligently working to develop a neighborhood plan that revolves around the creation of a cultural district named "The New Freedom District." After a series of community engagement sessions, on Thursday, May 4, 2023, the organizations activated the vacant lots on Lex Street as the first site to reimagine due to its status as the "gateway to the business corridor."
Dante Leonard, HopePHL's Commercial Corridor Manager reflected on how special this project was for him, HopePHL and the community. "I have a passion for helping people and bringing people together to proactively solve problems and collectively build solutions. This is exactly what the community has done in bringing this once vacant and forgotten space back to life. The story of Lex Street has left a mark on Philadelphia history. It is a great feeling to be involved in this project that has the potential to positively engage young residents in this community. I have lived and worked in West Philadelphia my entire life. This neighborhood is very much a part of my fabric as a man, father, and community leader."
Mental Health Awareness Month: Thinking About Moms
mom reading to child
by Laurie Amado, Behavioral Health Therapist

Finding Balance as Mothers
Mothers, you are amazing! Not only did you birth human beings, but "mother" is a 24/7 job, requiring you at any given time to play the role of: counselor, nurse, teacher, chef, driver, coach, cheerleader, snuggler. How do you find balance in the middle of all of this? That looks different depending on each person's situation (i.e. number of kids, ages of kids, support system available, etc.). Here are a few general tips that can help lead any mom to better life balance, for self-care: 

  • Use your "no." Remind yourself: It's ok to not do it all. 
  • Use your support system. Remind yourself: It's ok to ask for help. 
  • Use your voice. Remind yourself: It's ok to voice your needs and desires. 
  • Use your resources. Remind yourself: It's ok to treat myself.
  • Use your "me time." Remind yourself: It's ok to take time for me. 
You're constantly loving on your children; implementing these tips is a way to love on YOU- and you deserve that! 
When Mother's Day is Hard
For some, Mother's Day isn't flowers, smiles, and boxes of chocolate. Instead, it's a day that is more of a painful reminder. It may bring up the loss of a mother or child; loss of dreams of becoming a mother; or a painful relationship. If that is you, treat yourself with extra care during this month.  
If you're not sure how to do that, ask yourself these questions:
  • Who are the people who make me feel loved?  Plan some time with at least one of those people, even if it's by phone or video call.  
  • What activities bring me joy? This could be eating a certain food, reading, dancing, taking a walk outside, laughing. Whatever it is for you, plan that into your schedule.
  • What environment is comforting for me? There are certain places that just make you feel good. Maybe it's a park; maybe it's a particular restaurant; maybe it's that Auntie's house; maybe it's a bookstore. Go spend some time there.  
Give yourself permission to feel whatever arises for you and to give yourself a little extra gentleness, compassion, and care.  

Men's Coffee Talk
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave., Phila, PA

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival Community Pop Up

Get your dancing shoes ready for an afternoon of jazz!

Friday, June 16
12pm to 2pm
3735 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
16 - 17
Friday and Saturday

Entrepreneurship Workshop
We will address funding for emerging businesses, business credit, best practices for small businesses at any level.

Part 1
Date: Friday, June 16 | Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM
Location: 325 N. 39th St., Phila, PA 19104
Dinner Provided*

Part 2
Date: Saturday, June 17 | Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Men's Wellness Event
8th Annual Event! In Person/Outdoors

11am - 3pm
3901 Spring Garden Street

Health Screenings & Workshops • Juneteenth Mural Activity • Live Performers • Employers Hiring On-Site • Free Food From the Grill • Criminal Record Expungement Clinic • Vendors

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival Community Pop Up
Ed Bradley Community Oasis
Don't miss this special event!

Friday, June 23
4pm - 6pm
949 Belmont Avenue


Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival Community Pop Up Imperial Caribbean and Seafood
Save your appetites for the Sunday Brunch happening at Imperial Caribbean and Seafood! Don't forget to RSVP!

Sunday, June 25
12PM - 2PM - featuring the Kenny Davis Band
725 N. 42nd Street Philadelphia

Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival Community Pop Up Community Education Center
Enjoy an evening of Jazz and preview festival vendors!

Friday, June 30
5pm - 7pm
3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia
Main Office: (267) 777-5880
325 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
​Email: [email protected]