BY Andrew M. Brasfield
Numerous times in the summer of 2014 I brought the past days of a 2014 day calendar that had patterns of airplanes to the new Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House to play with the children. I also brought scissors, tape, glue stick and a stapler to assemble the toys with the children. The boys liked it. I told them I didn’t want to hear that they were making paper airplanes in school! They liked playing kick ball outdoors the best anyway.
I bought and cooked Angel hair pasta & three sauces at home for the dietary needs of the Philadelphia homeless families for the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House, on Mermaid Lane, in Philadelphia, on Sunday, July 27, 2014. In our home, a relative made salad and I bought the salad dressing & garlic bread. I paid for the meal at Aldi. For dessert, because of dietary needs of the clients I bought plums and flavored gum. A request from one child was pizza however I was told that was a party food and was ruled out.
Classrooms for First Day School were made into rooms for the clients. The meeting house has a shower, clothes washer and clothes drier. In the kitchen it has a dish washer, a dish washing station, kitchen sinks.
As a Caucasian and Native American someone from the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House made a tepee with a brown tarp on the building’s grounds. In talking with the clients they could see I was Caucasian and I mentioned I was Native American. On the collegiate level it provides sociology I’d like to study.
I would like to earn a Certificate of Nonprofit Administration from West Chester University Of Pennsylvania. I’ve applied for a full scholarship. With that diploma I’d also like to pursue a nonprofit business TV comedy. You only live once!
I heard talk that the former Chestnut Hill Meeting House could be used as a Philadelphia homeless family shelter, however, extensive renovations are necessary. The neighbor on the adjacent property might rule against that habitation.
I have been involved with the program since the first meeting to explore the viability of the approach for Northwest Philadelphia. I have been a strong supporter since those early days and continue to volunteer weekly when our church hosts the families.
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