Staff changes, tenants in the news: Tenant Newsletter, July 2017

Executive Director’s Note

We’re very pleased to announce two promotions from within, effective July 6.

Shakirah Holloway will be our new Events and Administration Coordinator. She’ll handle your tenant events and coordinate outside event rentals. To book your in-house events, please continue to email Shakirah, call her at (215) 241-7098 (Courtney’s old number), or use the online form.

Jennifer (Hatchell) Williams will be our new daytime Receptionist. She will assist with office and marketing tasks as well.

While we’ll miss Courtney Feild, I’m pleased that Shakirah and Jennifer are stepping up to increase their responsibilities.

In addition, Freeman Miller is our newest substitute desk clerk. Freeman is a retired Mennonite bishop. We’re glad to have a member of another historic peace church join us!

– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

REMINDER: Building CLOSED July 4 & Sat. July 8

Friends Center will close early at 6 pm on Monday, July 3; remain closed on Tuesday July 4; and reopen as usual on Wednesday, July 5, at 7 am.

Friends Center will also be CLOSED on SATURDAY, JULY 8, for maintenance of the geothermal heating and cooling system.


We hope you agree that one of Friends Center’s best features is that it is a green building complex. Energy-efficient buildings using clean energy sources, managing stormwater runoff, and reducing fossil fuel uses are one of the best tools for stopping climate change and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for everyone.

As part of our practice, Friends Center has five streams of waste. To help you fulfill the green mantra, “reduce, reuse and recycle,” here is a brief guide:

  1. Office paper: Just what it says. Don’t mix other recyclables in with your paper.
  2. Cardboard: break down boxes and leave them near the bins (in the 1501 Cherry Street building in the elevator lobbies). You can also call for a pickup if there is a large quantity.
  3. Mixed recycling: Similar to what you recycle at home, but with office paper separated out: Cans, bottles, most types of plastic. No aluminum foil, styrofoam, or paper products.
  4. Compost: All food waste goes here! In addition, you can compost paper cups and plates without wax coatings; compostable cold drink cups; and compostable utensils.
  5. Trash: Everything else that doesn’t fit in the above categories.

In the NEWS

Don’t Call Kensington a “Hellscape”

Inquirer op-ed co-written by Joe Pyle, Scattergood Foundation

Mike Lee Named to Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next Law”

Mike, the executive director of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, is one of 16 young minds shaping Philly’s legal landscape

Race Street Meetinghouse featured in PHL Airport Exhibition

If you fly through Terminal A at PHL in the next year, stop by the new World Heritage City exhibition. It features all 67 National Historic Landmarks in Philadelphia, including our own Race Street Quaker Meetinghouse. Read the story in the Inquirer.

Historic Arch Street Meetinghouse on CSPAN History

Our sibling site was featured on CSPAN History recently.