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People’s Emergency Center

Located in West Philadelphia, the People’s Emergency Center strives to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods, and drive community change. To accomplish that goal, we offer more than 250 affordable housing units, job training, and comprehensive education, focusing on parenting, finances, technology, and much more.  The services of People’s Emergency Center can truly represent a change in life trajectory for the women and children we support.



Who did the Grant Help?

The First Nonprofit Foundation grant helped us work towards creating the West Philadelphia Promise Zone Healthy Food Catering Enterprise, a catering program with a robust workforce development component.

This initiative will provide training to young people for the purpose of jump-starting their careers in the culinary arts. In addition, our kitchen will be able to provide healthy food for the community.

What Problem did the Grant Solve?

The grant enabled us to bring in consultants to oversee the design of our kitchen facilities—the foundation of the entire project. In addition, the funds allowed us to pursue school food service contracts that would make the large scale apprenticeship part of the model viable.

What was the Impact of the Grant?

When the West Philadelphia Promise Zone Healthy Food Catering Enterprise is fully in service, it will create nine new jobs in catering and numerous paid apprenticeships.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to complete a 10-week skill-development program and be able to pursue culinary arts training at Drexel University. The culinary arts students will gain the essential knowledge and workplace skills needed to enter and compete in the food service industry, working towards self-sufficiency. Program graduates will possess crucial certifications including, ServSafe® Food Safety Manager Certification, Food Handler, Food Production Manager, and NRAEF Customer Service Certification.


“Thank you for your support.” — Linda Wasilchick, Vice President of Resource and Business Development