Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, birthplace of American independence and home to thousands of homeless people. Philadelphia’s homeless numbers have soared in recent years, possibly due to the recession. Currently in the grips of a bitter winter, Philadelphia offers many resources to it’s homeless, including food, warm shelter, and a helping hand. Read on for an overview of some of the resources available to the homeless people of Philadelphia.
Since 1984, Philabundance has been helping the hungry of the Philadelphia area. Philabundance collects food donations and distributes them to the needy through various agencies, the Philabundance Community Kitchen and the Philabundance Distribution Program. Philabundance is known for their dedication in serving the community. Philabundance offers many programs to help the hungry and homeless of Philadelphia. The programs that Philabundance offers include Commodity Supplemental Food Program (for Seniors), Emergency Food Box, Fresh For All, Grocers Against Hunger, Food Help Line and Baby Manna. It is estimated that Philabundance serves over 65,000 people per week.
Another wonderful resource to the homeless of Philadelphia is Project H.O.M.E. Project H.O.M.E.’s initials stand for Housing, Opportunities, Medical Care and Education. Project H.O.M.E.’s goal is help the homeless reach their fullest potential as productive members of society, including breaking the cycle of homelessness, addressing root causes of poverty and more. Project H.O.M.E. Offers an abundance of information, guidance and assistance to those in need. Some of the programs Project H.O.M.E. offer include Housing, Street Outreach, Medical Care, Community Development, Learning Center and Technology Lab, and Employment Services.
The Bethesda Project is a faith based organization dedicated to to caring for the abandoned poor. Since 1979, the Bethesda Project has been devoted to helping the poor. Their mission is “To find and care for the abandoned poor and be family with those who have none.” Bethesda adopted their name from a verse in the bible, John 5:2-7 “From the Hebrew for ‘house of mercy’ Bethesda is the name of the pool of water where Jesus of Nazareth miraculously cured a physically infirm man.” Bethesda Project helps the poor and homeless find housing and offer a community of support, guidance and prayer. Several different types of housing is available, including housing for those suffering from mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction. Housing is available throughout the city of Philadelphia and is not just limited to one neighborhood.
These agencies are just the tip of the iceberg of the resources that are available to the homeless of Philadelphia. In the deep chill of winter, no one need to shiver or starve unnecessarily when such programs exist. If you know someone who is homeless or in need, please refer them to a program like those listed above.