Founded in 2005, Broad Street Ministry (BSM) seeks to create a more compassionate and just city and world, and embraces the individual needs of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable populations. Its commitment to “radical hospitality” includes feeding hundreds of guests each week and providing other life-stabilizing services that include health care, clothing, mail service, and arts programs. In 2018, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society donated to BSM 1,200 pounds of produce grown during its Center-funded Farm for the City project.
Broad Street Ministry (BSM), working with filmmaker and Pew Fellow Glenn Holsten, will develop a set of short films that amplify the stories of strength, resilience, and creativity within Philadelphia’s homeless and housing insecure communities. In workshops led by Holsten, along with other visiting artists, the homeless citizens served by BSM will creatively explore the thoughts, ideas, and experiences of the BSM community. This work will inform films that will be projected onto the exterior walls of BSM’s Avenue of the Arts building, screened inside its sanctuary—where lunch is served daily to the community members who are BSM’s guests—and shared through online platforms. The project aims to spotlight voices of those in the community who often feel voiceless and to raise awareness of the “radical hospitality” approach that BSM practices with its guests.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.