Monday, October 31, 2011

Help Homeless Children and Families

By Greg

Ok, so the other thing that has been keeping too busy to blog is my volunteer work on the board of Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia, a 100-year-old organization that helps homeless families and children. The organization operates the city's largest family homeless shelter and provides a continuum of services including emergency housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and academic enrichment services for homeless children and youth. Each year Travelers Aid assists more than 200 homeless families in Philadelphia.

Travelers Aid is holding its Homeless Awareness Ball on Saturday November 19th, and hope you will show your support by buying a ticket here.

There are few organizations that focus on helping homeless children, and as you can imagine, there are not a lot of resources out there for these kids who grow up without a stable home and without a support structure, transferred from school-to-school. However, the work that Travelers Aid does is truly important in breaking the cycle of homelessness for the next generation and helping these kids succeed in life. Please show your support. I hope to see you at the event.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Center for Culinary Enterprises Under Construction

By Greg

I know it's been ages since I've blogged. It's because I've been hard at work on my day job trying to finance and bring to construction Philadelphia's first large-scale food business center. We just broke ground finally on this 13,000 square-foot project in West Philly. Check out the press release here.

Here's the project in a nutshell:

The Center for Culinary Enterprises will be one of the nation’s most comprehensive commercial kitchen centers, designed to be an engine for creating food-related jobs and businesses, and to provide resources to emerging food entrepreneurs in Philadelphia. The CCE is a 13,000+ square-foot project at 310 S. 48th Street, including three state-of-the-art commercial kitchens for rent to culinary entrepreneurs, a youth-run training restaurant, the eKitchen Multimedia Learning Center, and two retail spaces. More at philafood.org.