March 31, 2020

Saint John’s Hospice Launches Initiative To Raise Funds for Expanded Services Due To Increase In Clients Impacted By The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

The initiative seeks to raise $30,000 by April 3rd to help Saint John’s Hospice provide additional support, resources, and expanded services to homeless men impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Saint John’s Hospice (SJH), a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS), is seeking community support to help provide expanded services and critical support to men experiencing homelessness who are impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

SJH, part of the Housing and Homeless Services Division of CSS, provides crucial, life-sustaining services with dignity, respect and compassion to homeless men in Philadelphia. This initiative seeks to help SJH meet increased operating costs as the number of individuals turning to SJH for support and assistance rises.

SJH’s daily lunch service has increased from serving approximately 220 individuals per day to 320. In addition, SJH’s dinner service, which takes place three nights a week, has also seen a substantial increase from 30 individuals per night to nearly 80 individuals in need of food. Wednesday, March 25th marked SJH’s biggest increase with nearly 123 individuals in need turning to SJH for dinner.

Those interested in supporting SJH can make a one-time gift or recurring financial contribution through a dedicated link by visiting http://saintjohnshospice.org/donate-3/. Checks can also be mailed directly to SJH at P.O. Box 781048, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1048. SJH’s Development Council and Friends of Saint John’s Hospice have pledged to match the first $15,000 raised.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Mr. Marty Farrell, Director of Development and Community Relations at SJH at 610-609-6634.

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Editor’s Note: For over 55 years, Saint John’s Hospice (SJH) has provided provide crucial, life-sustaining services with dignity, respect and compassion to men experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. Each weekday, SJH provides more than 300 hot meals to its residential and day services guests, as well as case management, on-site nursing, daily showers, and a mail room for over 900 men. Each year, it provides residential services for over 250 men transitioning from homelessness to independent living in the community. To learn more about Saint John’s Hospice, please visit http://saintjohnshospice.org/.

To learn more about Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit https://cssphiladelphia.org/.

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