LOCAL: Onward and Upward: Strengthening Families at Project Row Houses

 Photography by Collin Kelly

Photography by Collin Kelly

Full article by Beth Levine


The past year has been monumental for the empowerment of women. Can you tell us a little bit about what empowerment means to Project Row Houses (PRH)? Empowerment at Project Row Houses takes many forms. In many cases we are seeking sustainability and creating new ways for people to see themselves and others differently, whether they are artists, young mothers, the residents in our community or small business owners. We support people and their ideas so that they can go on to do the same.

PRH is also responsible for the Young Mothers Residential Program (YMRP), a section of group houses dedicated to single low-income mothers and their children. What led to this much-needed program? Like many of our programs, YMRP developed in response to the needs of the community. The program was designed to foster both independence and interdependence. While we want the mothers and their children to achieve self-sufficiency, we also want them to know that they are part of a community, that they have people there to lean on and that they are there for others to lean on. We all go through hardship, but we don’t have to go through it alone.