KITHS Kitchen (Emergency Pantry Project)
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to address food insecurity among community members currently residing in the Olney-Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia. Kith’s Kitchen promotes nutrition and self-sufficiency by helping members obtain access to immediate nutritious food supplies and connecting with long term services to sustain their food needs.
Target Group: Community members whose income is under the Federal Poverty Guidelines. KITHS plan to partner with Shared Food Program and Health Partners to ensure this project reach the people most in need.
Location: KITHS main office
Desired Outcomes: We hope this project will help KITHS play an integral part in helping to eliminate hunger in Philadelphia, especially in the Olney-Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Coffee, Conversations, & Community
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to provide an opportunity for immigrant and refugee adults and older adults to gather in a safe space to share stories and have coffee (and other food items) with various community members. These social and community gatherings could help decrease social isolation, build and promote positive relationships, and improve mental health among this group. This project also allows for community members to have a voice to discuss concerns relevant to the immigrant and refugee communities and begin to put into action changes that elevate immigrants and refugees.
Target Group: Community members 18 years old and older of immigrant and refugee backgrounds.
Location: KITHS main office
Desired Outcomes: We hope these “Coffee, Conversations, & Community” events will help decrease social isolation and build positive relationships among immigrants and refugees. The ultimate goal is to provide a safe space for immigrants and refugees to discuss changes they want to see within their communities and how to make such changes.
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From Genocide to Tableside
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to provide a safe space for people to gather and converse about the history of refugees and immigrants currently residing in Philadelphia, their resettlement experiences, their triumph over trauma, and their determination to recover from the atrocities of genocide. These conversations can bring to light the strength of a community and ideas for continued growth fulfilling KITHS’ mission to provide opportunities that can lead to self-sufficiency within the immigrant and refugee communities. This project also allows for space to discuss lack of visibility when compared to more dominant communities, equal access to resources, and change the narrative about immigrants and refugees residing in Philadelphia.
Target Group: Community organizations, leaders and members that have an interest in
supporting the immigrant and refugee communities (specifically Cambodian immigrants and refugees). Organizations need not be a non-profit or representing a human service field.
Location: In the community – alternating tableside conversations at KITHS main office and other community organizations. The hope is that those who are joining these conversations will also offer to host tableside conversations.
Desired Outcomes: We hope these tableside gatherings will result in collaborative partnerships with various community organizations, build and enhance leadership skills among leaders within this vulnerable community, and encourage the questioning of current systems that do not offer equal opportunities and/or continue to not value immigrants and refugees as productive members of society. This project will also support immigrant and refugees healing process, provide space for shared resources, advocate for social justice, and support self-sufficiency, independence and growth.