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July 2, 1993 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Sonny Parker, once homeless and addicted, has spent much of the last three months convincing homeless and addicted people to give up their homes in the subway and enter the world of light. "Who better to reach them than those of us who've gone through it," Parker said yesterday. But Parker may not have a job tomorrow. The city's special outreach in the 13th and Market subway concourse, where as many as 200 people were encamped last winter, has effectively ended. The city has not renewed the outreach contract, which expired Wednesday.
LIVING
November 15, 1998 | By Mary Beth McCauley, FOR THE INQUIRER
At ground zero in the long fight against urban poverty, crime and despair stand the neighborhood houses of worship. Most offer care for the needy and for children as a simple religious mandate. In recent years, though, that mandate has been coupled with cold necessity. Historic government pullbacks have left congregations to shoulder more work - to operate a patchwork of programs with not only government encouragement but direct government funding. This new paradigm of so-called "faith-based initiatives" will be discussed and debated in a conference this week at the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the natural gas industry trade group, is expanding its presence in Southeastern Pennsylvania by hiring Shari Williams, a former communications specialist at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the wife of State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Philadelphia). Williams, who worked with the PUC for 17 years, led consumer education events on energy and utility issues in Eastern Pennsylvania. She will take on a new role with the shale coalition as outreach manager in the Philadelphia area, where the industry is stepping up efforts to address public apprehension with fracking, which takes place mostly in western and northern part of the state.
NEWS
May 16, 1991 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lynne M. Abraham was sworn in yesterday as Philadelphia's 32d district attorney in the same City Hall courtroom where she had presided over criminal cases. Abraham, the city's first female district attorney, took the oath of office from Commonwealth Court Judge Alexander F. Barbieri. Abraham, a veteran judge with a reputation as a "tough cookie," immediately pledged to "aggressively and tenaciously prosecute all cases. " Abraham said Philadelphians have been coping with "enormous problems in fighting crime" and she promised that the District Attorney's Office "will do a lot of community outreach work.
NEWS
February 6, 1997 | By Raphael Lewis, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The cocaine dealers shuffled their feet like prizefighters, cautiously eyeing the blue minivan as it pulled up to the corner of Ninth and Madison Streets on Tuesday morning. A prostitute checked her face in the mirror of a parked car. Pigeons gobbled crumbs left by a family keen on fattening the urban game for a future meal. But the van's occupants had not come seeking drugs or sex in a neighborhood where dilapidated rowhouses sprout like weeds among trash-strewn lots. Rather, they came to help.
NEWS
July 30, 1998 | By Lubna Khan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Samuel Chambers goes to the doctor only when he has to. But every Tuesday, a hospital outreach site is open at King Terrace, a low-income senior housing center where Chambers works. Since it wasn't out of the way and was free, Chambers, 53, recently stopped in for a blood-pressure screening. Chambers is no different from most people, say health educators. That is why hospitals are opening more community outreach centers, said Anna Mae Greco-Galbraith, a community health educator at Phoenixville Hospital.
NEWS
May 12, 1995 | By Marjorie Valbrun, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cruising down Jefferson Avenue, Gene White notices the young woman with the swollen belly. "There's one," he says, backing up to park near the corner grocery store she had just entered. White grabs his bag filled with pamphlets and fliers and stands patiently outside. When the woman emerges, he jumps into his delivery. Soon he has her home phone number and permission to visit later in the week. The scene is repeated throughout the day as White navigates through North Philadelphia, looking for bleary-eyed women with distended bellies, looking to score drugs; young pregnant girls with misguided impressions of motherhood; working women too overwhelmed to seek regular prenatal care; and the homeless ones with no means of taking care of themselves, much less a child.
NEWS
March 10, 1994 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
About 40 years ago, a tradition began in the Grove United Methodist Church in West Whiteland. As part of a community outreach effort, members of the congregation decided to invite people who lived at Devereux's nearby Kanner Center on Boot Road to come to Sunday services and a coffee hour before the service. Devereux is an organization that runs residential treatment centers and group homes for physically and mentally handicapped people in Chester County and the Main Line area.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after becoming Drexel University's president in 2010, John A. Fry stood before the faculty and student body at convocation and declared civic engagement as one of his major goals. "My aspiration for Drexel University is for it to be the most civically engaged university in the United States, across all three dimensions of engagement: academic, student, and employee voluntarism, and institutionally supported neighborhood investment," Fry told the packed auditorium of about 900 people.
NEWS
January 23, 1994 | By Vanessa Williams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man on a grate near Fifth and Ranstead Streets was glad to see Phillip Beltz. "Hey! Can I get another pass for tonight?" asked the muscular young man in dingy jeans, who rubbed his naked hands together to keep them warm. "How did you like Food for Life?" asked Beltz, a social worker for Project HOME, referring to the North Philadelphia shelter where the man had spent the previous night. "Well, I had to sleep in a chair . . . and the heat went out," the man said. "But I'll go back.
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February 24, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tanya Baker and Hyacinth King expected to strike out with Little Miss Betty Wilson, a 64-year-old homeless woman bundled up and seated alone on a subway concourse floor near City Hall on Sunday. It was sunny and above freezing for the first time in days, but the mercury was about to nosedive again in a mercilessly cold winter that has broken records for cold, if not for snow. Outreach workers, Baker and King had a job to do on another Code Blue day in Philadelphia, the 47th so far. They could have forced Miss Betty to go to a hospital for the night.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the nine years that she has been accompanying her husband to Botswana, where he directs an ambitious health care program, Cindy Friedman has been unable to do much to help his efforts to reduce the incidence of HIV, train medical personnel, or treat tuberculosis. So Friedman developed her own outreach effort. A well-established fiber artist, she cultivated friendships with government officials, museum directors, and artists working in villages far from the capital, Gaborone. Through those relationships, she has helped foster artist communities and help talented men and women who had little or no training find creative outlets.
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nancy King Keleher, 76, of Cherry Hill, community outreach director at Virtua Voorhees Hospital and then at Cooper University Health Care, died of cancer on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. "She was an incredibly kind and thoughtful person," said Perry Weinstock, chief of cardiology at Cooper University Hospital. When he moved to Cooper from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1998, he said, "one of the first people I met was Nancy. " Besides her administrative work at Cooper, Weinstock said, "she was doing a lot of volunteer work for the Heart Association.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dawn Wells is the mother of two young boys, one of whom will turn 3 in February. It is the same age Scott McMillan was when, police say, he was beaten to death nearly three weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend in their home in Chester County. At her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Wells heard about the case through social media. "It doesn't matter what part of the world you're from, everyone's affected by this," she said. "It just broke my heart. " She wanted to do something for McMillan and his 6-year-old brother, who police say also was abused.
NEWS
September 6, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a goal of expanding Jewish enrollment, Drexel University will build a Center for Jewish Life on its West Philadelphia campus. The project will be funded by a $6 million pledge from philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman. "Our goal at Drexel is to make the university a greater school of choice for Jewish students from our region and across the nation," Drexel President John A. Fry said in a statement. The center, scheduled to open in fall 2016, will be named for Perelman.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the wall next to her desk in the North Philadelphia nonprofit advocacy group Action United, Dawn Hawkins has posted the saying "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, 'Oh, crap, she's up.' " It was Hawkins, a 42-year-old single mother from Strawberry Mansion, who was among the first to bring attention to the restrictions in Comcast Corp.'s discounted Internet Essentials program for low-income families...
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Shirley Tax spends her days at Chinatown Medical Services fielding questions from patients who bought health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Most of those queries revolve around Independence Blue Cross' best-selling, silver-level Keystone HMO Proactive plan. Tax says patients signed up for the tiered plan without really understanding how it worked. So when they receive a bill they take it to Tax and ask her to explain it. "Most of them didn't have insurance before," Tax, 26, says of her clients, many of whom are immigrants.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three recent graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music will become inaugural fellows of ArtistYear, a pilot program designed to bring a year-long AmeriCorps-like community service opportunity to the world of the arts in Philadelphia. The program, launched as part of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, which aims to create one million service-year positions by 2023, will kick off in the 2014-15 academic year. Former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chair of the Franklin Project's Leadership Council, said the project aims to make community service a standard practice for all young Americans.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a recruiter for the Almighty, the Rev. Tony Campolo lets few things get in his way. Even a stroke eight years ago prompted defiance. "I know my civil rights," said the hospitalized minister, challenging a doctor's admonition to postpone a week of speeches at Harvard University. (The doctor wound up monitoring Campolo and his condition from a front-row seat.) The Bryn Mawr minister, author of more than 35 books, and onetime spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton has packed his calendar for years with more than 300 speaking engagements annually to raise charitable funds and tap young people for Christian service.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Come into city offices ranging from the Free Library to the Department of Records over the next few months and you will, in theory, be asked whether you have health insurance and offered information about Obamacare, including the option of getting a call from a specialist trained in enrollment. The outreach, described by Enroll America, a national nonprofit, as its biggest partnership with a city in support of the Affordable Care Act, will be announced Tuesday by Mayor Nutter. "It is an amazing way to extend the reach that we have in coming into contact with consumers who have no insurance and may be eligible for insurance in the marketplace," said Bill England, Pennsylvania director for Enroll America.
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