Update on Our Covid-19 Response

Apr 14, 2020

Thank you for your wave of generosity towards us! Your prayers, support, and gifts have cheered us in these trying times. As you know, we have been working harder than ever to love Kensington during the pandemic. We are trying to balance the sacrificial love this moment requires with self-care. We know many of you are trying to strike that balance, too.

Strangely, we’re seeing this crisis galvanize the church and create some windows of lasting opportunity. We have seen churches and organizations across the city band together. I participated in one virtual meeting where 15 faith leaders and organizational leaders from Philadelphia met in the late evening together. They were crafting plans to help each other and their communities.

As other agencies in Philadelphia have had to close their doors, we received some extra resources to distribute. We are grateful to have opened our food distribution for a second day – doubling the families we’re able to serve. Our neighbors, teammates, and friends have been working tirelessly to make this possible. Their commitment to their literal and spiritual neighbors inspires me every day.

Through it all, we’re fighting to remain present, consistent, and responsive. In truth, our neighborhood is vulnerable physically and economically. But I feel so hopeful, because in spite of these barriers, Jesus is alive and moving. I see him in our churches, our partners, our team, and our neighbors. I see him in people like you loving us and loving your neighbor.

Thank you for being on this journey with us. Every gift you give is going farther than you can imagine.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Simple Way Scholars Alumnus – Hector Davila Jr.

I’m a people-oriented person. I’ve always loved being a part of a community and building long-lasting relationships. I love hearing stories from other people and what they’ve been through. My philosophy in life is that everyone has a story to share, and each story is...

Neighbor Spotlight: Loving Your Block by Picking Up Trash

Loving your neighborhood can feel overwhelming or abstract. “Where do I start?” is a question many people ask when they come to us.  Sometimes, the easiest way to start loving your neighborhood is by looking at what’s right in front of you. It's beginning to look...

Black Lives Matter & Proximity in Protests

All is not well in Philadelphia right now. Our neighborhood has been facing huge challenges in the throes of COVID-19. The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor (among many others), have caused outrage and indignation to boil over. We are...

Update on Our Covid-19 Response

Thank you for your wave of generosity towards us! Your prayers, support, and gifts have cheered us in these trying times. As you know, we have been working harder than ever to love Kensington during the pandemic. We are trying to balance the sacrificial love this...

Covid-19: We Exist for Times like These

Hello dear friends, In this unprecedented time, I want to tell you why I feel more resolved and certain than ever. My teammate, Jen Casselberry, said it best the other day. "As I've been worrying about how we're going to make it, thinking about how we're going to...

Open House Takeaways: Dave’s Reflections

Pictured above: Simple Way Staff with the most recent Open House attendees. On the registration form there was a question – “why do want to take part in the open house”. My answer was “I don’t know, I just feel like I need to.” The truth is I had a lot of questions...

Maria’s Story

The first time I went in for my cancer treatment, everyone I saw at the clinic was so sad. I couldn’t help myself. I started to crack homeless jokes. I got a few gasps of surprise; people started asking me how I could be joking and telling homeless jokes in the middle...

Today We Remember

Ten years ago on June 20, 2007, a seven-alarm fire broke out on the 3200 block of H Street. Its source was one of Philadelphia’s 700 abandoned factories. A hundred families were affected. Dozens of homes were evacuated, and many houses burned to the ground, including...

Anniversary: Miracle on Potter Street

They all heard the thud. Moans followed. Chrissy Kind, a long-time supporter of The Simple Way, had gone upstairs after “the worst headache of her life” struck. The plaintive sound was unusual; Chrissy was known as an energetic pillar of The Simple Way’s support team....

Laying the Foundation

Pictured above: An excavator lies still at the site of Esperanza Health Center’s forthcoming parking structure. Work is well underway at the bank building nearby, the building that Esperanza Health Center will move into in the spring. They’ve now turned to digging...