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Back to Blog October 5, 2016

Community Based Organization class tour with APM

Author: Tracy Purdy
Students listen to Bradley Vassallo discuss the programming at APM

In September, Dr. Jeff Doshna took his Community Based Organizations class to visit Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a Latino-based health, human services, community and economic development non-profit, located just east of Temple Main campus. The tour was led by APM employee Bradley Vassallo (CDEV ’16). The students were quite impressed with APM's broad scope of work .

Abbie Lowe (CDEV/CTRP 4+1 ’18) said of the visit, “What struck me most was the extent of their services, all in the name of community and economic development. A few stats that stuck with me: since 1989, APM has completed seven low-income housing tax credit rental developments (263 units); preserved over 100 units of existing home ownership; and, of course, built Paseo Verde, the first Triple LEED Platinum development in the nation. APM's community-based approach to all their work is extremely inspiring. One clear example of this is the Food Buying Club, which has distributed over 32,000 lbs. of affordable, quality produce to Eastern North Philadelphia residents.”

Community Development student Rhiannon Wright (’17) said, “I recently moved into the neighborhood that APM serves, so it was really engaging to hear about their efforts and successes over the past 40 years. I got a flier in my mailbox inviting me to join their food buying club - it was great to learn more about the program from the people that have designed it and are carrying it out. 

They seem to be one of the rare and invaluable organizations who are truly working with the residents in their community - creating spaces for listening, and then acting to address needs in refined, efficient, and equitable ways.”