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Eliza Shirley House

The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley HouseThe Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House provides emergency housing services for homeless families 365 days of the year. We provide temporary accommodation for families for approximately 30 to 60 days at which time they are placed into long term City of Philadelphia housing programs. During their stay at the Eliza Shirley House, our goal is to help stabilize residents, as many are in need of much more than food and housing. Our educational programs help them become more financially independent. Additionally, we reach out to them emotionally and spiritually. We also believe in play and entertainment, as this allows us to gain residents trust, break down barriers and help them center themselves so they can continue on their journey into independent living.

The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House also serves as the Intake Reception Site for the City of Philadelphia on week nights from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and on weekends and holidays from The Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence at 715 North Broad Street. (The City of Philadelphia's Appletree Center located at 1430 Cherry Street assists all women and families during the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.)

Eligibility requirements:

  • Families must be homeless
  • Families must have custody of their child/ren
  • Women with children must be 18 years or older unless they have verification of emancipation

Recreational Programs

The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House provides a multitude of recreational programs each week; residents provide suggestions for what types of activities they would like to participate in such as Wii games, Zumba, puzzles, bingo, popular board games (Monopoly, Connect 4, etc.), movie time and cards just to name a few. In addition, we provide age appropriate activities to ensure all residents can participate.

During the spring and summer months, we provide activities that take the residents outdoors such as field trips to museums, plays, ball games, water ice outing, and sight-seeing tours of the city.

A team of volunteers also provide educational, recreational, and spiritual programming for residents and their children.

Spiritual Growth

As The Salvation Army we take pride in providing our residents with weekly church services, including Sunday school for children, Bible studies, devotionals, and one-on-one counseling, as requested. In addition, area churches provide services to the women and children at the shelter throughout the month.

Medical Services

  • Thomas Jefferson University: Doctor with interns and nurses assess the medical needs of residents.
  • Drexel University: Doctor with interns and nurses assess medical needs of residents.
  • HIV Presentations: HIV testing and counseling.
  • Empowering Women's Group: Group discussion addressing stress, anger, shame, low self-esteem, guilt and other presenting issues.

Referral Programs

  • Legal Services: Refer residents to legal services at another facility.
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Drug and Alcohol Meetings: Information is distributed listing all drug and alcohol meetings held in the Center City area.
  • Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition: Refer residents for G.E.D., job placement, and housing.
  • Women of Transition: Empowerment counseling for women who have suffered domestic abuse.
  • Women Organized Against Rape (W.O.A.R): Assist women through counseling to begin to deal with their rape issues.
  • Mary Howard Clinic / The Health Center: Referrals for women without medical coverage.
  • Philadelphia Department of Human Services: Parenting classes.
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Assistance: Those with no income are referred for assistance.
  • Philadelphia Access Center: Social service counseling, parenting classes.
  • Philadelphia School Board: Transportation, uniforms, transpasses, etc. for students.
  • JFK Hospital: Residents needing mental health services.

How to Reach Us!
For more information, please call 215-568-5111 or visit us at:
The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House| 1320 Arch Street, Philadelphia 19107

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