Volume 2 | March 2019
School Lane Charter School Student Ambassadors Visit Outley House
Student Ambassadors from School Lane Charter and their School Officials Celebrate the Completion of their Service Project with SELF Chairman and CEO Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., President and COO Mike Hinson, OHS Director of Emergency and Temporary Housing Fred Gigliotti, Outley House Program Manager Frank Richardson, Director of Programs Quibila Divine, Operations Director Yvette Hawthorne, Director of Policy and Communications Rhashidah Perry-Jones, and Housing Specialist Ayanna Smith.
More than 30 Student Ambassadors from School Lane Charter School in Bucks County visited Outley House with their teacher and principal as a culmination to their Martin Luther King Day of Service Project and Black History Month. The students collected personal care items, assembled them, and distributed personal care bags to participants during their visit to Outley House last month. "We know from this project that anyone can become homeless," said a student ambassador during a short program preceding lunch.

In January, at the invitation of students, and coordinated by SELF Assistant Finance Coordinator Donna Moore, President and COO Mike Hinson, SELF Community Advisory Board (S-CAB) Co-Chair Marcey Canalichio, and SELF Operations Director Yvette Hawthorne visited School Lane Charter to speak with students about homelessness and its causes. While there, students assembled personal care bags which SELF team members distributed to SELF participants. Students were so moved by the discussion, they wanted to do more. They assembled an additional 200 bags and contacted SELF to say they wanted to deliver the items to the participants themselves. Our Director of Food Services Rickey Hill prepared an extra special lunch for all to enjoy.
Students arrive at Outley House.
President and COO Mike Hinson welcomes School Lane House guests to Outley House.
Student Ambassadors Distribute Personal Care Bags to Outley House Participants.
Pictured (l to r) Sixth Grade History Teacher/Ambassador Coordinator Victoria Fairburn, Office of Homeless Services (OHS) Director of Emergency and Temporary Housing Fred Gigliotti, School Lane Charter Ambassador Spokespersons, SELF Chairman & CEO Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., President & COO Mike Hinson, and Principal David Robinson.
Students enjoy a special lunch in the Outley House cafeteria
with team members and participants.
SELF Team Members pictured with OHS Director of Temporary Housing Fred Gigliotti (rear) who encouraged School Lane students to choose a career in social work during his remarks.
We Have New Art Work for Sale!
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Stop by and pick up a beautiful piece to adorn your home or office! Priced to Go!

Thank you to Mabsoute Hamid for generously donating 20 percent of all art sales at Galerie Hamid@SELF to SELF, Inc. as part of CounterACTANTS, a new initiative that allows businesses to show their support for our work by donating funding, expertise, or other valuable
in-kind services to benefit SELF's mission.

Join us at Church of the Advocate at 1 801 Diamond St, Philadelphia, PA 19121 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, for our City Council Candidates Night. Hear stories from SELF participants and other individuals experiencing homelessness as they ask City Council candidates important questions about services for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness and issues related to homelessness tend to gain little attention in Philadelphia elections. As Philadelphia embarks upon its 2019 election season, SELF, Incorporated will hold a candidates forum to ensure that homelessness and issues related to homelessness are addressed by political candidates. As the amount of affordable housing decreases, wage stagnation continues, youth age out of the foster care system, individuals remain structurally unemployed, and the number of individuals with disabilities and substance use disorder increases, so too will the need for emergency housing. How do City Council candidates propose to end homelessness, address social determinants of health (SDOH) that lead to homelessness, and ensure there is a safety net that not only includes emergency housing, but supports that make homelessness rare and brief and helps individuals reach self-sufficiency.


Jaymes Savage, a senior from Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, completed a six-week internship at SELF, Inc. on March 22. He decided to intern with SELF because of his interest in advocacy and study the impacts associated with the criminalization of the homeless. During his six weeks, Jaymes joined the Outreach Team as it engaged with homeless individuals while in Suburban Station, met with Program Managers, the Director of Case Management, and administrative staff, provided key research for the upcoming candidate's forum and other projects, and provided input on how to serve young adults experiencing homelessness. Each week, he assisted One Step Away (a monthly magazine that gives a voice to those on the streets), by interviewing vendors for an upcoming edition of the paper. 
Jaymes plans to study business in college. He is a member of The Sankofa Freedom Academy Boy's Basketball Team who recently outplayed Vincentian to win the PIAA Class 1A boys basketball championship for the first time ever making program history! We appreciate his work ethic and wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.

During a goodbye pizza party and wing fest, SELF team members thank Jaymes for his commitment to service and wish him tons of success as he begins his new journey in college!
William Saunders
William Saunders joined SELF in June 2018 as a Resident Aide at Richard Jones Recovery House (RJRH). Prior to joining SELF, he was a Residential Aide at Sobriety through outpatient. "The best part of my job is being able to watch someone walk in our doors hopeless and leave with hope."
Kelli Morris
Kelli Morris returned to SELF, Inc. in June 2018 as a Residential Aide at Richard Jones Recovery House. She was first served as a Residential Aide at SELF from March 2009 until September 2014. "What brought me back to SELF is our mission. I love to encourage people.... Letting them know that someone believes in them, even when they don't believe in themselves." Ms. Morris is currently pursuing a bachelor's at Temple University.
Denise McNeil
Denise McNeil, joined SELF in August 2019 as a part-time Residential Aide and was recently promoted to full time. She has worked for the homeless population for 15 years and began her career with Project Homes as a Residential Aide. She worked for Gaudenzia with the FIR Women Program and worked eight years with a program for homeless men. "I encourage all participants to believe in themselves, regardless of how hard life barriers and obstacle come in their way...it does get better."       
CPR Training at Safe Haven
On Wednesday February 13, 2019 The Mobile CPR Project provided CPR training to 9 participants and 2 team members at Safe Haven. The goal was to train individuals on how to recognize a cardiac arrest and to learn CPR. During the training, team members and participants were taught a new form of CPR called Hands-Only that teaches people to do compressions without rescue breathing. They provided each person with a mannequin to practice CPR and each person was shown how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. During the on hour training, each person earned the importance of CPR, how to conduct CPR, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator.
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