James Widener Ray Homes In Tioga Is A Little Bit Cozier This Winter

(Credit: Kim Glovas)

(Credit: Kim Glovas)

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Project H.O.M.E has teamed up with a local heating contractor to make one of its properties a little more like home.

James Widener Ray Homes opened at 21st and Venango in the Tioga section of the city in November. It was demolished inside down to the studs, and then rebuilt. Project H.O.M.E’s Amy Burns says 10 percent of the workers were formerly homeless.

“One of the workers on the building was actually the son of one of our residents who was formerly homeless when he was young, and he’s now in college, becoming a masonry artist, and he worked on this building. There are a lot of really nice stories about how this building came to be,” said Burns.

Now, it’s a little warmer too. David Waldman of Dreifuss Fireplaces installed an electric fireplace in the lobby this week. Burns says residents congregate in the lobby anyway, and now it will have a little more beauty for them to enjoy.

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