SELF-Reflections

To Be Young, Gifted, and Homeless

John, age 20, was assigned to SELF’s Station House during a Code Blue. He had a tough time. As a young person, it was difficult for him to hold his own with older men, many of whom had backgrounds that triggered some of his behavioral challenges from his trauma-filled life. Unfortunately, his brief stay was not a good one. His story is emblematic of the drawbacks of low barrier.

Each New Year Brings Hope

 

Did you know that more than 15,000 people access shelters in Philadelphia each year? Unfortunately, many more need the services. There are communities of men and women like our team members at SELF, Incorporated whose daily work is to not only find emergency housing for people experiencing homelessness, but to help those in need access health care, save money, go to back to school, attend college, find permanent housing, gain employment and overcome all kinds of challenges. In short, we empower, motivate, and inspire individuals by combining science-based approaches and best practices with data analysis to identify individual housing solutions and pathways to employment and self-sustainability for the people we serve. 

SELF, Inc. Board Names President and COO

The Board of Directors of SELF, Inc. recently named Executive Director Mike Hinson as the non-profit's new president and chief operating officer. At a board of directors' meeting on March 27, Chairman of the Board and SELF, Inc. CEO Dr. W. Wilson Goode said, "Since Mike joined SELF, we've seen tremendous gains in all programs. His business acumen, policy expertise, and deep concern for the community make him an asset to not only this organization, but to the city."

Serving Participants With Medical Fragility

 

While preparing to write this piece about medically fragile homeless individuals, I came across a letter in my files from a local hospital that stated, “The above name patient is under my care for multiple co-morbidities including, but not limited to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Coronary Artery Disease and Congestive Heart Failure. Due to his medical condition, he requires plenty of bed rest. If he does not get the needed bed rest, it will aggravate his condition. If his condition is aggravated, it may lead to hospitalization or even death.”

Working to End Homelessness

Dear Supporter,

 

The other day I attended our artists' workshop at the newest emergency housing site in our network of social services, Ife Wellness Center. Nineteen, SELF participants from Outley House, Station House, Richard Jones Recovery House, Ife Wellness Center, and Susquehanna House are engaging in the six-week arts program that uses elements of Photo Voice as a means for participants to express their trauma through the creative arts. Intentionally Theatrical Conversations (ITC) and Freedom Songs allows participants to release their personal trauma by speaking their truth through art. The multi-media project seeks to rebuke depression and make pride visible to promote profound healing. 

Black History Month: Real Heroes Inspiring Real Change

 

While preparing to write this piece about medically fragile homeless individuals, I came across a letter in my files from a local hospital that stated, “The above name patient is under my care for multiple co-morbidities including, but not limited to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Coronary Artery Disease and Congestive Heart Failure. Due to his medical condition, he requires plenty of bed rest. If he does not get the needed bed rest, it will aggravate his condition. If his condition is aggravated, it may lead to hospitalization or even death.”

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