Residents of Manor of Hope follow a daily regimen that includes hard work, exercise, clinical therapy, NA meetings and proper nutrition. On weekends we provide a variety of activities that interest our residents and expand their experience in the greater community.

These are just a few of the activities we’ve engaged in recently:

Phillies baseball at Citizens Bank Park:

Thanks to generous donors, Sam and Ellen Wheeler, a few of our residents enjoyed a day of Phillies baseball at Citizens Bank Park.  It was a close game that went into extra innings:  Michel Franco hit the game winner walk off hit in the tenth inning and the crowd was electric!  What a great day for Philadelphia baseball!  After the nail biting game, the guys enjoyed a classic Tony Luke’s cheesesteak.  A perfect ending to a perfect day!

Woodworking skills:

1st-avenuewoodworking-logoResidents, Parker and Triston expressed an interest in woodworking so our Building Futures Program partner, 1st AvenueWoodworking, took them under their wing and provided them hands on instruction in the fine art of furniture making.  Under the careful guidance of owner, Ed Schoen, residents learned how to handle power tools and fine hand tools.  They were introduced to joinery using mortises and tenons.  The results speak for themselves!

Kayaking & water survival skills:

This beautiful weekend set the perfect tone for a day of kayaking.  Our residents learned how to navigate the river from a volunteer who is expert in the field.  We portaged to the end of the lock then paddled downriver riding strong currents to our destination.  A great time was had by all, even Triston when he decided to “test the waters” and fell into the river.  He survived the currents and everyone had a good laugh!

A heartfelt thanks goes to our river guide and Manor of Hope supporter, Kevin McDonnell.  We also want to extend a big thank you to John Pearson and his team at the Port Providence Paddle.  They supplied all the equipment we needed to embark on this journey.  John owns Port Providence Paddle and the Fitzwater Station Restaurant next door.  We are grateful to have people in our community willing to lend a hand.
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