Article: For The Kids – A Child Advocate’s Reason For Persisting In A Broken System

What makes me get up every day and show up for work?  100 kids depending on me waking up to fight for them.   With each sunrise.  Monday through Friday.  Week after week.  And it’s not just me.  I work with dozens of people who share the same convictions.  The cohesiveness of my unit sustains me day after day; that I share this feeling with so many.  We are a pack to be reckoned with as well.  Not many can compete with our reputation as warriors for juvenile justice.  Many don’t know a storm until they come up against us.  We’re simply not intimidated by anyone when it comes to knowing the law and being on the right side of things.  We all fight for the kids with the same amount of persistence and  passion day in and day out because not only does their future depend on it, their present does as well.

The stress?  It can be too much at times. Who could deny that? But, just think of the stress our clients are under and it  quickly comes into better perspective.   I’ve known all kinds of stress too in this job:  broken system stress, in the field stress, traffic stress, testifying in court stress, death of clients stress… name it.

So why keep doing it, year after year?  Simple: It is clear to me that clients depend on us to figure out how to meet the challenge of managing our own stress in ways that keeps us present to their situations.  We cannot do service to the kids if we aren’t present and grounded within ourselves.  My sister, the CEO of a longtime foster care agency in Philadelphia, always reminds me to bring back every conversation to what is in the best interest of the child.  I consider that responsibility a privilege and an honor and therefore it is my pleasure to fight the good fight for kids who desperately need a voice.  The system may be broken, but it will not break me nor stop me from continuing to fight for the kids.

Resource: Philadelphia: Older Youth; Project Home

Applications for our 2415 North Broad residence are now available and can be picked up at any of our locations or can be downloaded here. They will be accepted beginning June 1.


  • 88 units (efficiencies only) with 10 units designated for individuals with mobility impairments and 4 for sensory impairments
  • All units will be subsidized through PHA; 20 of them are for young adults (ages 18 to 23)
    • 9 units are processed through the City of Philadelphia Clearing House
    • Priority will be given to applicants that are homeless, previously homeless, at risk of becoming homeless
    • Applicants ages 18 to 23, who aged out of foster care, are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless will be given priority for the PHA units designated for Youth
  • Rents are based on 30 percent of each individual’s income with a minimum rent of $50
  • Electricity is paid by the resident
  • All applicants must be 18 or older
  • All applicants must be income eligible
  • Maximum household size is 1 person
  • A full time student may not be eligible for this community (contact us for more details)
Available Units AMI Maximum Income – One Person
9 20 percent AMI $11,360
6 30 percent AMI $16,900
38 50 percent AMI $28,400
35 60 percent AMI $34,080

NOTE: Maximum income limits are subject to change

Completed applications will be accepted in the order they are received. Applications will be accepted at JBJ Soul Homes. Please refer back to this page in the coming months for updates concerning upcoming application workshops and community updates. Please call 215-309-5222 or email with any questions.

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