People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) have merged to achieve greater impact, and are now known as HopePHL™.
HopePHL (formerly People's Emergency Center and Youth Service, Inc.) inspires Philadelphia's children, youth, families and communities to thrive by providing housing, advocacy, and trauma-responsive social services designed to promote equity, resilience, autonomy, and well-being.
Back-to-school time is easier for kids when they are supported, with new school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and mentorship. And that’s where we come in. HopePHL connects families who are engaging with our school-based and housing programs prepare for the school year. For caregivers like Deidra (name changed for privacy), we can help make navigating back-to-school and academics easier:
Deidra, a 54-year-old grandmother connected to our programs, unexpectedly became the caretaker of her five grandchildren. On a fixed income, she struggles to provide for them adequately.
Last year, before she became their caretaker, her grandchildren lacked proper supervision and missed numerous school days, causing two of them to repeat grades. Deidra sought help from her case manager at HopePHL. Our staff were able to assist her with food, books, and supplies for the summer, to help prevent summer learning losses. Determined to ensure her grandchildren receive a good education, Deidra is now personally tutoring them. She wants her grandchildren to embrace every opportunity available to them. She is making efforts to prepare them for the school year.
With help from HopePHL, Deidra is pushing them towards success. HopePHL’s case manager is helping her to connect the children with afterschool programming for the start of the academic year. Also, the case manager has signed Deidra up to participate in the next cohort of our Parenting Collaborative program. This staff led program incorporates peer mentoring aimed at guiding parents through practical activities that can be used to improve in-home learning.
Help HopePHL support participants throughout their journey, ensuring they have the help needed every step of the way to realize their dreams, by giving today.
You can make a contribution by selecting a donation amount in the box to the right, and clicking “next” for credit card payment information, (our site is secure), or mailing a check made out to People's Emergency Center to:
Attn: Tyreek Wanamaker
325 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
For stock gifts: please send an email to email@example.com.
For gifts in kind and volunteer opportunities, contact Trish Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How your gift helps
$500 will help a family of three stay in housing for one month, where they will access supports to build resilience and cope with trauma, and learn life and job skills to become independent and thrive.
$250 will provide a youth with supplies and clothes for school, college, or work.
$150 will provide personalized financial planning, job skills assistance and opportunity connections.
$75 will help enroll a resident in a GED-completion course, or vocational or degree-earning program.
$50 will provide a 5-day supply of groceries to families in need.
$25 will provide a family or youth with personal hygiene and necessities such as clothing, diapers and formula.
Photo: participants at a community event