July 14, 1999 |
Just inside the entrance to the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a Center City shelter that provides beds and meals to homeless men, Seth Camm and Kurt Knobelsdorf set up shop. Casually unkempt in old, comfortable clothes, Camm and Knobelsdorf were indistinguishable from the rest of the men except, perhaps, for their youth and their belongings: an easel, a box of oil paints and brushes, and more than 40 portraits lined along the floor of the shelter's far wall. The faces looking out from the paintings belong to the men who walk through the doors.
June 7, 2011
A version of this was originally published on Christine Flowers' blog, the Flowers Show ( www.philly.com/ philly/blogs/flowersshow ). I KNOW I'M going to get into trouble for this with the Big Guy. There's bound to be some karmic backlash when you criticize Sister Mary Scullion, our local Mother Teresa. She's lionized as a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised (and she is). She's been in music videos as a hero. (She's that, too.) Been tagged as one of the most influential people in the world.
October 14, 1987 |
HUDDLING UNDER BLANKETS, homeless people lie outside the State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets as employees arrive for work. About 50 people held a rally and a "sleep-out" Monday night to demand more housing for the homeless and medical care for the homeless mentally ill. According to Stephen Gold, attorney for the groups that staged the protest, the state has agreed to fund six residences for 150 mentally ill homeless people this...
January 9, 1986 |
Twenty homeless people and organizers of the Committee for Dignity and Fairness to the Homeless staged a sit-in yesterday at the city managing director's office to protest what they said was the city's failure to secure jobs for them at emergency shelters in Philadelphia. The group shouted, "We want jobs, not promises," for about 30 minutes outside the office of Assistant Managing Director Marion Reitz, who was out of town. Later, leaders of the group met with Managing Director James S. White for a half-hour to discuss what the protesters said were promises made by city officials to help homeless people get staff jobs at shelters.
July 11, 2012 |
Joseph Buscemi of Stratford lost his job as an auto mechanic and his home. He sought help in Camden but spent hours sitting in government offices only to be told to come back another day. A friend gave him $5 for bus fare to Atlantic City. "I didn't know what I was going to do," said Buscemi, 33, now living at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, where he receives drug rehabilitation, job training, and Bible study. "They took me in with open arms. It was like getting a second chance.
January 8, 2004 |
With bitter cold weather forecast through the weekend - the overnight lows are expected to be in the teens - the city has instituted emergency procedures to move homeless people off the streets and into shelters. Special outreach teams are ready around the clock to assist homeless people, said Robert Hess, the city's deputy managing director in charge of special-needs housing. One recreation center in North Philadelphia will be used to provide overflow beds, Hess said, and a center in West Philadelphia could be opened over the weekend.
February 11, 1993 |
Homeless people seized a vacant North Philadelphia building yesterday in a day of protesting that led to seven arrests and a nine-block march down Broad Street that snarled rush-hour traffic. The 75 protesters said they want to take the vacant four-story building on Broad Street just below Girard Avenue for a community life center - a place where perhaps 300 homeless people could sleep, learn, eat and share fellowship. Trouble is, somebody else owns the building. And doesn't seem willing to donate it, said Leona Smith, founder of Delaware Valley Union of the Homeless.
July 24, 1992 |
City officials are keeping homeless people with AIDS on the streets by unnecessary delays in spending more than $1 million in rental subsidies, an AIDS activist has charged. David Fair, executive director of We the People Living with AIDS/HIV, an advocacy group, said the city's foot-dragging threatened the lives of homeless people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). "The city has a new housing program for AIDS victims: sleeping in boxes in the subway, bathing in Penn's Landing, setting up house in MAC machine entranceways," Fair said.