Former drug addict/prisoner now helping others recover

Local Life | October 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Rev. Michelle Anne Simmons, 50, the founder of Why Not Prosper, a nonprofit that provides transitional living and services for formerly incarcerated women at 717 E. Chelten Ave. in Germantown, listened intently as her client asked questions about her writing assignment to acknowledge the client’s “inner child.” When Simmons, a certified […]

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FUMCOG provides sanctuary for two immigrant families

News | October 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak When I knocked on the back door of First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG), 6001 Germantown Ave. in Germantown, Clive Thompson, 59, an immigrant from Jamaica came with a phone in his hand. He cautiously glanced outside the window of the door before letting me in. Since August 28, Clive […]

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St. Martin’s honors the life of reverend and her ‘ministry of inclusion’ with stained glass window

News | September 28th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Rev. Elinor “Nellie” Robinson Greene II’s journey to answer God’s call to serve was not an easy one. It wasn’t part of Greene’s original plan for her life. According to Laura Palmer’s book, “The Rev. Elinor Robinson Greene, II: Through the Narrow Door.” At 18 years old, Greene was a tenacious athlete, […]

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Open Hearts on Tour presents “You Make Me Feel So Young”

Featured | September 26th, 2018 | Leave a comment

  Open Hearts On Tour presents “You Make Me Feel So Young” on Sunday, September 30, from 2 – 5 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St. in Manayunk. This cabaret showcase includes 10 musical acts, improv, singalongs, and tasty treats. Co-hosted by Philadelphia-based actor/comedian Brock D. Vickers, and Open Hearts Founder […]

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