The Honickman Foundation

Women's Emergency Respite Center

Starting January through April, Project H.O.M.E. opens its doors to the Women's Emergency Respite Center. The Women's Emergency Respite Center serves a particularly vulnerable population: women with a long history of street homelessness, many of whom are incompatible or resistant to city-run shelter services. The program opens after New Year's and operates until early spring.

The Respite provides shelter, clothing, toiletries, showers, laundry facilities, and meals. In addition to working to engage guests each night about services and opportunities available, the Respite provides extended services during the week. With the help of Project H.O.M.E.'s Resource Coordinator, they are able to make dozens of referrals around the guests' housing, legal, medical, psychiatric, and financial needs. The Resource Coordinator also accompanies guests on appointments and advocates for guests with service providers. Each evening the Respite guests are picked up by Project H.O.M.E.'s Outreach teams and are welcomed by a community of volunteers and staff. Thanks largely to last year's incredible generosity of volunteers, we were able to serve healthy, delicious, often home-cooked dinners each night and a warm breakfast to start each day.

Volunteer Information

Volunteers are essential to Project H.O.M.E. and to all of the services and programs they provide. The goal this winter at the Women's Emergency Respite Center was to coordinate three to six volunteers per night to serve dinner from 6:30 until approximately 8:30. Volunteers can provide the meal in addition to serving it, or they can prepare the meal and drop it off at 1515 Fairmount Avenue.

Typical dinners consist of soup, sandwiches, tea, hot chocolate and coffee. However, culinary creativity is welcome as long as you are willing to provide the ingredients, especially if the end result is a hot meal! Individual, group, one-time and ongoing volunteers are all welcome to assist with this opportunity. In addition, if any volunteers have an evening activity that they would like to facilitate (arts and crafts, etc), creative volunteer opportunities are available.

Donation Wish List

Below is our wish list for donated items to assist with our Women's Emergency Respite Center:

Food and Toiletries

Clothing and Linens Other Needed Items
To donate an item, please contact Brian Shingledecker at 215-232-7272, ext. 3057.

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