AHARI–A Home is A Right, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with a 501 (C)(3) tax exempt status, EIN #27-397127. AHARI’s mission is to provide personal development, programming and transitional housing services to homeless at-risk veteran women and their children and men to become self-sufficient. AHARIis committed to establishing collaborations with other non-profit organizations with similar passion that provide housing, programming, and supportive services.
AHARI aims to eliminate homelessness in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. AHARI will provide Philadelphians and suburban area with access to safe, decent, affordable housing and the support and resources to sustain their homes and families. AHARI’s services will promote Community based educational, ECONOMIC development initiatives which serve to achieve lasting economic viability and provide educational and cultural opportunities through partnership with supportive services to COMMUNITY resources.
Stephanie Booker, CEO and Founder of AHARI Inc., has lived with a passion for serving the homeless population her entire life. By doing so, she earned the nickname “Mama” at age 10. Stephanie’s belief that a home is truly a right stems from her own personal battle against poverty and homelessness. With many influential veterans in her life, Stephanie sought out to service a community brave enough to accept one of the most daunting, yet thankless jobs in the world.
Stephanie holds a B.S. in Organizational Management and M.S. in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University. She also serves as President of the Girard College Family Association where she plans family events, raise funding for the student body, and supports the Alumni Association. The West Philadelphia native has successfully spearheaded numerous community block parties which have helped to maintain a unified University City community. She has also led donation drives that have fed and clothed over 100 low-income families of Philadelphia. In a recent collaboration with Salute2Service and The Ray of Hope Project, Stephanie is gearing up for regular visits to Graterford, Muncy, and Dallas Prisons to offer guidance and mentorship to prisoners as they rebuild their lives. Stephanie has also provided clothing donations to The Ray of Hope Project throughout her tenure as Executive Board Member.
Stephanie is the mother of two loving daughters, 13 year-old Dejona, and 23 year-old Desiree. Stephanie’s daughters are a key component of her life story, and a testament to the power of single parenting. Desiree and Dejona are total success stories due to the tough love, and never-ending guidance and support of their mother. Stephanie is a recently inducted Honorary Alumna of Girard College private school in North Philadelphia, where Dejona attends as a honors 8th grade student. Desiree is a recent Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College, currently working at NBCUniversal in New York City.
Stephanie is a living testimony that the future is not always defined by the past. She looks forward to building AHARI into an unwavering resource for veterans, and ultimately lead in the nationwide fight against homelessness.
Request for Funds
AHARI is requesting a brick and mortar grant for purchase and construction cost of two residential or one commercial building with residential units, class room settings, and community meeting space. AHARI will provide housing, housing services, resources, and implement programming at this location.