Mr. Student

Topics: Homelessness, Homelessness in the United States, New York City Pages: 9 (3016 words) Published: August 14, 2014

To: Chevy Walters
Acting Ombudsman
Project Love Philly

I am concerned with the volume of homelessness that is going on in our community. I have seen more and more people on the streets because of the loss in the economy. It has gotten worse over the past five years. I heard of the new project Love Philly and I have decided to inform you of a local soup kitchen that has been part of our community for the past 25 years. A friend of mine you may know Mr. Charley Weathers has ran and operated the local soup kitchen In Saints We Trust since it opened in 1984. I have the honor of being asked to take over running the Soup Kitchen and am asking for funding to help continue and improve what we provide at the facility. As for my background I worked as a Case Manager while I was in college in Pompano Beach Florida and learned quite a bit of information from my previous supervisors in that position. I worked as a Van Driver for this shelter and also as a Case manager for 10 years following. While working as a Case Manager I worked with local shelters and Soup Kitchens on daily basis dealing for my clients. I also learned quite a bit from working hands on at the day shelter in Pompano. Recently I have been volunteering at In Saints We Trust here in Philadelphia and it has turned into five years now. I have been working under Mr. Weathers and I have been asked to run the Kitchen alongside the current Assistant Manager Donald Keaton because Mr. Weathers will be retiring within the next year. In preparation for my takeover I would like to obtain grants and funding for the furthering of our efforts. To prepare I wanted to do research to get opinions on tried methods to improving other Soup Kitchens/Shelters throughout the U.S. and Canada. This is how I found out about your Project Love Philly as well as by word of mouth. As for In Saints We Trust our plan is to continue the kitchen and integrate an overnight shelter on the same property as the kitchen. The timing of this project will depend upon funding we receive. There is an existing building sufficient in size for the shelter on the property and I have begun working with contractors to determine if it is safe and coincides with building zone codes for Philadelphia. I also am working with local businesses to determine pricing for furnishing the inside of the potential shelter. I would like to have paid workers as well to keep the backbone of the company running with the help of unpaid volunteers. I do believe we have potential for a long and bright future ahead of us. I feel we will be able to help a lot of Philadelphians or other travelers along the way. I ask for your help in this matter and to possibly receive long-term funding from your program. Contributors will be welcome to a supervised visit of the Kitchen Mondays and Wednesdays between 1 and 3 pm. Mr. Weathers and I will be available for visits and to answer any questions contributors may have. Feel free to contact me at my office regarding this matter. I can be reached at 215-435-2135 ext. 3 or at ericsparks27@biglove.org. I look forward to hearing from you and possibly working with you in the near future.

Sincerely,
Eric Sparks
Co-Manager
In Saints We Trust

Prepared for Ombudsman of Project L ve Philly
July 11, 2014

In Execution of Improving In Saints We Trust Soup Kitchen™ 2130 Walnut St
Center City Philadelphia
19114

Contents:

Executive
Summary………………………………………………………………………………………......5 Introduction………………………………………………………………......................................6 Current Research and Words from the
Homeless…………………………………………………………………………………………..7 Previous and Current
Requirements...…………………………………………………………………….........................8 Current and Future
Situations………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..8 Emotional State After...
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