Patrick McNeil joined HAP to work on the SOAR Project (SSI/SSDI Outreach and Recovery) in early 2018. Prior to that, Patrick was as a social worker for Resources for Human Development, working directly with those in shelters diagnosed as mentally ill, linking them with treatment, housing resources, benefits, and more. He received his Master’s in Education from Temple in 2011, and has taught in Strawberry Mansion and El Centro High schools. Community is important to him.
To that end, he organizes Philadelphia’s own Backyard Writers Workshop and founded the Writers Retreat in Tufo, Italy. Patrick’s own writing has appeared in Philadelphia Stories, The Head and the Hand’s Shockwire Chapbook Series, Italian American Magazine, and more.