Rob Hess

Walking through the park yesterday afternoon I was struck by the number of homeless men and women who spend all day in the park waiting for the soup kitchen to open. My immediate reaction to this visual was to think of my good friend Rob Hess who devoted his life to providing housing for so many in Philadelphia and New York. His tireless energy and brilliance created opportunities for thousands of lost souls who needed shelter and human services. Rob never merely shrugged his shoulders at the enormity of the challenge but rather he helped both mayors and the community understand that all the services ,though well intentioned, will not work unless the persons have a place to live. Rob is no linger physically here, but the lessons he taught are the monuments that will solve homelessness in the future.

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