Helping the Homeless
Homelessness in Philadelphia
On a single night in January 2014, there were 564,708 people experiencing homelessness in the United States. Sixty-nine percent of those who were homeless were in sheltered locations and 31 percent were found in unsheltered locations (streets, abandoned buildings, cars, etc.).
Nearly one-quarter (23 percent or 127,787) of all homeless people were children, under the age of 18. Ten percent (or 52,973) were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 66 percent (or 383,948) were 25 years or older.
Each year homeless outreach organizations engage over 5,500 individuals living on the street, in cars, abandoned buildings, train/bus stations, abandoned buildings, and other places not meant for human habitation.
About 12,000 people (includes families) access shelter each year. In addition, numerous individuals are turned away from shelter for various reasons.
(Facts from Project Home)
Volunteering at People's Emergency Center
I went to there after school program and we did a snack and an arts and crafts project. We made door handle decorations to put on the door handles for there rooms. We also made hand Turkeys because it was around thanksgiving time.
Learning from the Organizations
We went and interviewed staff members at three different organizations in Philadelphia. I volunteered in the Northern Children Services and Peoples Emergency Centers. We had a tour, interviewed a staff member and learned about the history of Project Home.
Donating Christmas Stuffed Animals in Honor of the Shipley Teahers
Around christmas time we went to Northern Children's Services and donated a stuffed animal in honor of the Shipley teachers. Each kid got a stuffed animal and there were 19 kids in the shelter.