With the ranks of homeless men, women and children unfortunately rising in difficult economic times, Catholic Social Services stands ready to continue its commitment to help thousands of people find a hot meal and a safe place to stay through our network of shelters and residences.
Mercy Hospice opened in 1976 to assist homeless women stabilize their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. Named for its original sponsors – the Sisters of Mercy – Mercy Hospice provides housing and social services to women in recovery from substance abuse, in particular mothers with young children. Women are offered life skills, parenting education, case management, recreational and enrichment programs, and child care in a safe and loving environment.
McAuley House — Associated with the work of Mercy Hospice, McAuley House opened in 1998 to provide specialized care for medically fragile homeless women.
St. John’s Hospice
Catholic Social Services has served the homeless for 45 years, beginning with St. John’s Hospice which opened in 1963 to provide food and shelter to men on Philadelphia’s once infamous “skid row.” Guided by the motto “charity unlimited,” St. John’s offers a place to stay for 40 men and provides them with assistance to break the cycle of homelessness. Day services include a place to shower and change, receive mail, obtain clothing and shoes, and meet with a case manager. The casseroles served to over 300 men for lunch each day are prepared by parish and school groups from throughout the region.
The Good Shepherd Program — Attached to St. John’s Hospice, a residential program offering housing and social services to medically fragile men.
St. Mary’s Residence
St. Mary’s Residence provides low income elderly women with private rooms, community dining, and some modest supports that enable them to remain living independently and affordably.
Women of Hope
Founded in 1985, Women of Hope responds to the growing problem of homeless women with mental illness. Today 46 women reside at two facilities, one on Vine Street that cares for older women with chronic mental illness, and another on Lombard Street that serves younger women with episodic mental health issues.
In response to the need to provide affordable housing for women transitioning from homelessness to independent living, Visitation Homes offers eighteen subsidized apartments to homeless women with children, assisting their transition to independent living and self-sufficiency.
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