How to help make masks for Project HOME staff, clients

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Project HOME needs masks for the people it serves — the homeless and the formerly homeless — as well as staff. 

Project HOME has residential housing for about a thousand formerly homeless people. 

“These are folks who are formerly homeless and often have vulnerabilities, especially medical vulnerabilities. And so when the CDC recommends that we wear masks, we said ‘absolutely!’ And so we would like to provide masks for our residents,” said Project HOME’s Annette Jeffrey.

Project HOME also has a federally qualified health care center, and the Hub of Hope, which provides healthcare to the homeless. 

Jeffrey says all of the staff at those locations and the homeless they serve need masks too. So Project HOME is asking people to make them. 

There are three patterns for masks at the Project HOME website.

“Our model at Project Home is really about community, and it’s so hard when we are all distancing right now to have that sense of community. And so many people want to help and they have been. This idea of making masks is another one for people to get involved and do something while they are at home,” she said. 

Jeffrey says she expects we’ll be wearing masks for a while, so any donations are welcome.