Students at Bala Cynwyd Middle School recently got creative in support of The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network's (PIHN) Empty Bowl Project – an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger and homelessness.
Students used the "slab and drape" method as they handcrafted ceramic bowls which were then stylized with leaf motifs before being bisque-fired and glazed. The beautiful bowls were then donated to the PIHN's recent Empty Bowl Dinner – an annual signature event raising funds and awareness for family hunger and homelessness. With the help of the Knights and many others throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, this year's dinner raised nearly $40,000 to help support PIHN's array of services for those-in-need.
PHIN is a shelter, supportive services and housing program for Philadelphia working families experiencing homelessness. Their organization is a growing cooperative effort of 56 churches and synagogues, 10 universities, two seminaries and more than 2,000 volunteers of diverse faith groups working together to provide a safe, family-centered atmosphere for homeless families. In addition to providing temporary shelter, PHIN offers long-term transitional and post-shelter supportive services, affordable housing opportunities in mixed-income neighborhoods and educational opportunities for children and teens.