I can’t think of a better way to break this couple weeks of MikeyPod dead air than with an update about The Simple Way community in Philly.

From their website:

6/20/07 11:25PM (UPDATED)

This morning, a 7-alarm fire consumed an abandoned warehouse in our Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia. The Simple Way Community Center at 3200 Potter Street was destroyed as well as at least eight of our neighbors’ homes. Over 100 people were evacuated from their homes, and 400 families are currently without power. Despite this tragedy, we are incredibly thankful to share that all of our community members and every one of our neighbors is safely out of harm’s way.

This fire will forever change the fabric of our community. Eight families are currently homeless, and in many cases have lost their vehicles as well as their homes. One of our neighbors, the Mahaias Family, lost their three cars as well as the equipment one family member uses for her massage therapy business. Teenager Brian Mahaias is devastated not because he has lost his belongings, but because he fears that this fire will force him to move away from this neighborhood that is his family as well as his home.

I have spoken and written about one of the community’s founders, Shane Claiborne so hopefully you have been paying attention. Assuming things are together enough at The Simple Way, Shane will be on the show in early July (no, I haven’t podfaded… maybe just a podcoma). Please take a few minutes to watch the video below, and visit the Simple Way website to see how you can help.

p.s. Look for a MikeyPod episode in the next few days with Joey Piscopo and another with Miss Heather from newyorkshitty.com next week.