POWER 99 IS SHINING A LIGHT!
Philly is full of people who care. People that work hard, that give back even when they have nothing to give, and that make our city a better place just because they care. Well Power 99 sees you, and we want to thank you for everything you do!
Roxy Romeo and the Rise N Grind Morning Show want to Shine A Light on the people that are keeping Philly lit by making it a better place -- Check out each month's honoree below.
We’ll show Philly who they are, how they’re helping the city and give them $500 to thank them!
It’s all about Shining A Light on those who care… and it’s only from Philly’s Power 99! Check out the honorees below.
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JUNE 2019 HONOREE: Joshua Santiago
My name is Joshua Santiago. I’m 28 years old and I am a barber from North Philadelphia that provides free haircuts for the homeless.
I am a father first and foremost, I drive Uber to support my family, and I chase my dreams of cutting hair of the homeless and providing resources all across the west coast as well. I grew up in a family that either sold drugs, did drugs, or both. I have turned my life around the last few years when I realized I wanted to change my trajectory. Both my parents are addicts and my mother has been homeless my whole life because of her life choices so this is something that is near and dear to me. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a reason why they are where they are. It’s not about excuses, it’s about humanizing the homeless to me. I could’ve been there. All of us could be there with just one or two bad choices. A lot of these people didn’t have strong homes that were filled with love, like myself. You can’t do better unless you know better and how can you know better if you aren’t shown better? I was basically raised by the streets so I made certain choices because I didn’t know any better. But when I did find better, I took the opportunity and ran with it, which brings me here.
When I turned my life around I decided to go to barber school. My instructor took us to different nonprofit organizations so we could cut hair for the homeless and it would help us hone our skills and the very first time I did that I figured out my purpose. My organization is called “Empowering Cuts”. I have been working at this for over 2 years now. The link in the bio of my Instagram is connected to a GoFundMe account because we are trying to raise enough money to transform a camper into a mobile barbershop so regardless of the weather we can provide these free services to the community.
MAY 2019 HONOREE: DAVID A. JONES
BISHOP DAVID A. JONES
Pastor, Chaplain, Non-Profit Founder, Real Deal Food Ministry
Watch Roxy Romeo and Mutha Knows interview David A. Jones below
David A. Jones is a native of North Philadelphia, married to Dianne P. Alston Jones for 39 wonderful years, three lovely children and four beautiful grandchildren.
David A. Jones, the Pastor of Bethlehem of Deliverance Church and The Joshua Achievement Center (JAC) for over 21 years, he resides as Chaplain of the Philadelphia 22nd Police Department and Chaplain of Philadelphia’s Sheriff’s Department as well.
Bishop David Jones is the founder and CEO of the JAC nonprofit, faith-based 501c3, one-stop rehabilitation residential facility which at present has helped more than 5,000 people whose lives were on a road to nowhere, but now rehabilitated and living as productive citizens.
Pastor David feeding ministry started over 25 years ago; however, in 2016 The Real Deal Food Ministry was conceived to assist in eliminating hunger throughout all of Philadelphia. In April 2017, we purchased our first 26-foot refrigerated reefer truck hoping to feed people from every walk of life. Since January 2019 to present, we have delivered over 600,000 lbs of food feeding over 25,000 people to include groceries from milk, eggs, juices, meats, bacon, organic fruits and vegetables, cereal, and so much more.
We consider our ministries the hands and the feet of Jesus Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 when you have done it to the least of them; you have done it unto me.
APRIL 2019 HONOREE: MONIQUE HOWARD
MONIQUE S HOWARD, EdD, MPH
Women Organized Against Rape
Watch Roxy Romeo interview Dr. Monique Howard below
Dr. Monique Howard is the Executive Director of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), the only rape crisis center in Philadelphia. WOAR’s mission is two pronged: eliminate rape and to provide services and advocate for those individuals how have experienced rape or sexual assault. Dr. Howard is an accomplished public health administrator with a 20-year history of protecting and improving the health of women, families and communities. Previously, Dr. Howard was the executive director of the Office of Women’s Health at the New Jersey Department of Health. Monique oversaw the Office of Cancer Control and Prevention, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Dr. Howard is the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network (NJWAN), the only female- specific AIDS service organization in NJ.Since its establishment in 1988, NJWAN has provided education and training, health/wellness and treatment adherence programs for women who are infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Throughout her career, Dr. Monique Howard has advocated on behalf of consumers and service providers and promoted systems change to increase access and quality of care. She is committed to providing programming and services that increase the health and well-being of women and their families. Monique’s life mission is addressing the public health needs of individuals who have experienced chronic illness (i.e., diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and HIV/AIDS) and examining the intersection of public health and sexual violence.
Dr. Howard obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner College, her Master in Public Health from East Stroudsburg University and her Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her position at WOAR, she is an advisory committee member for the Public Health Program at LaSalle University and an adjunct faculty member in the department of Public Health. Monique is the President of the Somerdale-Park Board of Education and the Wilson Harrison Education Fund. She is also very active in the community, is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family.
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