Posted by Jolene Nieves on August 15, 2016 at 4:58 PM
After a productive meeting with the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, Councilman Bobby Henon realized that, while there are many service providers, like food pantries to health care centers, in Northeast Philadelphia, those could be working more cooperatively to better serve Northeast Philadelphians.
In response, Councilman Henon hired a Community Services Coordinator to devise a plan to coordinate existing service providers and their work, to build a database that serves as an on-going referral tool and to encourage providers to work together with the community to identify gaps in the services available.
The coordinator has spent the last few months hard at work and is already seeing some progress. She is cultivating a network of service providers, called NEST (the Northeast Services Team) with the goal of identifying a centralized home base to co-locate service providers and offer referrals.
But first, NEST needs input from the community to help determine what services are being utilized currently by residents and what services are missing from the 6th District. To help gather this information, NEST is conducting a survey. The survey is short and available both in paper format at Councilman Bobby Henon’s District Office (6730 Torresdale Ave.) and online.
Please, take a few minutes to fill one out today. And, keep an eye out for upcoming community services fairs and events sponsored by NEST.