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New Philly work program offers alternative to panhandling

Early morning lines are not uncommon in Kensington. Some are for hot breakfast. Others snake around the corner of a treatment center.

This line is for work.

It was just after 7 a.m. and almost 40 people were lined up outside Rock Ministries on Kensington Avenue. Some chatted quietly, while others pulled the drawstrings on their hoodies tight around their face. Just 10 of them would be picked in that day’s lottery. The prize? Fifty dollars cash for half a day’s work cleaning up the streets around Kensington.

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