April 10, 2005 |
Working one or even two jobs at 40 hours plus a week for the minimum wage of $5.15 an hour no longer guarantees the laborer an affordable place to sleep at day's end, says Sister Mary Scullion. This is what drives Sister Mary, a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and a nationally known advocate for the homeless, mentally ill and poor. Recently honored with the National Alliance to End Homelessness Award, Sister Mary will speak on the economic, social and political causes of homelessness at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Neumann College's Cultural Arts Forum.
May 1, 2009 |
It's not often that Sister Mary Scullion is mentioned in the same breath as economist Paul Krugman, actress Kate Winslet, and Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. But the release yesterday of the "Time 100" list of the most influential people in the world has put the 55-year-old Philadelphia nun and homeless advocate in unusual company. Scullion, who started Project HOME, a nonprofit provider of housing and homeless services, finds herself in the magazine's sixth annual list, in the portion for "Heroes & Icons.
February 21, 1999 |
In the winter of 1988-89, a Vietnam vet named Joe Payne was living on a steam vent near the venerable Union League in Center City. "He had been there for a long time," Sister Mary Scullion said, "but he was willing to come in, that winter, for the first time. " Out of the cold. Into an overnight shelter that Sister Scullion had set up in the swimming-pool locker room of a city recreation center. During the day, the usual swimmers. At night, the homeless. That was the beginning.
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.
May 17, 1997 |
Sister Mary Scullion, director of Project HOME, receives an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Linda Kraemer, dean of the College of Health Professionals at Thomas Jefferson University. Project HOME finds housing for low-income and homeless people.
November 18, 2012
Last year, it was Sister Mary Scullion, Philadelphia's tireless advocate for the homeless. Who should be The Inquirer's 2012 Citizen of the Year? Nominate someone who helped the city, state, or nation in an effective, creative way. E-mail a brief description of his or her achievements to firstname.lastname@example.org , with "Citizen" in the subject line. Or mail it to Citizen of the Year, The Inquirer, 801 Market Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia 19107. The deadline is Dec. 7.