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Face to Face breaks the cycle of poverty in Germantown

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For more than three decades, Face to Face has served the Germantown section of Philadelphia, which according to the organization, currently has 26 percent of its residents living in poverty.

Face to Face looks to lower that percentage by offering a one-stop shop of services that include food, legal, health, and social services, which are crucial now more than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Face to Face has been able to continue providing these services thanks in part to a $15,000 grant it received from the Eagles' Social Justice Fund.

During the previous fiscal year, Face to Face distributed 40,000 meals along with fresh produce for guests to cook at home. Its legal center assisted more than 400 guests with tenants' rights and criminal record expungements. The organization's health center treated more than 200 guests for conditions that are common among those experiencing poverty and/or homelessness.

Face to Face's social worker helped more than 300 guests with housing, benefits, and government-issued documents. And the organization provided space in its building to host a preschool with 43 students last school year.

"We are currently seeing the surface ravages of COVID-19," said Mary Kay Meeks-Hank, Face to Face's executive director. "We are gearing up for all that is to come: evictions, utility shut-offs, increased food insecurity, and the challenges of a very different school year. We believe our one-stop-shop holistic approach is the best way to meet people exactly where they are and address their needs in an empowering and respectful way."

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