Discover Generosity

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Discover Generosity

Gerry Lenfest passed away a few months ago. You may be wondering, who is Mr. Lenfest? According to the words of Ed Rendell, former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor, “We’ve lost our greatest citizen, there’s no doubt about that.” Mr. Lenfest, was one of the Philadelphia’s greatest philanthropist. In October 2017, Mr and Mrs. Lenfest accepted the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Mr. Lenfest was considered one of Philadelphia’s most dynamic civic leaders of the last century. In his life time, Mr and Mrs. Lenfast gave …

New Decision, New Life

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Fernande’s Story

Fernande had been in this predicament before.  She was already the mother of a seven-year-old girl. She found herself in another unplanned pregnancy a few years after her first pregnancy and her parents told her to abort or to move out. She was scared. Without the help of her parents, she would be homeless. Due to the pressure from her parents, she aborted. When Fernande came back for this pregnancy test, she was worried and scared because she was still living with her parents. But, …

Start of My Rebirth

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Johnie's Story

Johnie was raised Catholic and was married in her teens. He was not a Christian and unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last. Johnie was told by the church she was no longer able to receive the sacraments. She left the church depressed and convinced that her life was over. She had no hope. Johnie turned to alcohol. She had a couple of failed marriages and had two abortions. Eventually, Johnie moved to Las Vegas where she became a dealer; drugs came shortly after. Johnie worked in …

Discover Your Dreams

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Discover Your Dreams

“How would you describe passion?” was a question that our president, Nancy, asked at our last staff meeting. “Nothing and no one will stop you from pursuing it” was given. I believe passion and dreams go hand in hand. So, as a friend, I want to ask a rhetorical question, “Have you stopped dreaming?” When we are children, we always have fanciful ideas of what we want to be. Yet, somewhere into adulthood, we stop dreaming and stop pursuing. Why is that? Is it because it’s …

Dynamic Service

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Dynamic Service

It was over 5 years ago when Bobbi was sitting in her church when our VP of Development, Laurie Jeselsohn, got up and shared about Hope. She mentioned the need for volunteers. At the time, Bobbi had been praying about a place to volunteer. Bobbi completed the requirements to become a volunteer and eventually ended up working side by side with our staff. Not long after volunteering at Hope, Bobbi went out to dinner with a friend. While at dinner, this friend told her that …