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File #: 180146    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/22/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/22/2018
Title: Recognizing and Honoring Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M. as the Grand Marshal of the 248th Annual Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Sponsors: Councilmember Henon, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Signature18014600.pdf
Recognizing and Honoring Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M. as the Grand Marshal of the 248th Annual Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade.

WHEREAS, Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M. is a Philadelphia-based American Roman Catholic religious sister and activist, named by "Time" as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2009, alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey; and

WHEREAS, Sister Mary Scullion's commitment to the service of others began with her education at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, a Jesuit education from St. Joseph's University, and a Masters in Social Work from Temple University; and

WHEREAS, Scullion joined the Sisters of Mercy and began working on behalf of the homeless in 1976. She has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. She was a co-founder in 1985 of Woman of Hope, which provides permanent residences and support services for homeless mentally ill women; and

WHEREAS, In 1988, Sister Mary founded the Outreach Coordination Center, the nation's first program that coordinated city, private, and public agencies to assist people living on the streets with special needs in finding housing and shelter in a more systematic way. The following year, she and her associate, Joan Dawson McConnon, co-founded Project H.O.M.E., a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty under the motto "None of us are home, until all of us are home"; and

WHEREAS, Project H.O.M.E. has grown from an emergency winter shelter to 802 units of affordable and supportive housing for persons who have experienced homelessness and low-income persons at-risk of homelessness in the City of Philadelphia; there are an additional 30 units under construction, 42 units in predevelopment and 170 units in the pipeline. Pro...

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