What Is St. John’s Hospice?

Saint John’s Hospice is a Catholic Social Services shelter for men located in Center City Philadelphia. Established in 1963 by Monsignor Anthony J. O’Neill, Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Church, and The Little Brothers of The Good Shepherd, Saint Johns was created as an outreach ministry to serve and assist the poor and homeless in the community. Saint John’s continues to provide crucial, life-sustaining services with dignity, respect and compassion to homeless men in Philadelphia.

Saint John’s Hospice is an independent 501c3 agency associated with the charitable work of Catholic Social Services.

  • Residence for over 250 homeless men each year in the St. John’s Hospice & Good Shepherd programs

  • Case management, medical assistance and counseling for all residents and day services guests

  • Mailroom services for over 900 homeless men

  • 160 showers with clean clothing, underwear & shoes every week

  • Over 3,000 meals each week to homeless & needy men

  • Emergency shelter for 27 chronically homeless men where they can receive a hot meal and a safe place to sleep every night of the week

Fall Fling 2016

Save the date for Saint John’s Hospice 2016 Fall Fling taking place at Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market on September 24, 2016. 

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Programs We Offer

 Saint John’s continues to provide crucial, life-sustaining services with dignity, respect & compassion to homeless men in Philadelphia.


Drug and alcohol-free, 40-bed residence for men who are in transition from homelessness to independent living in the community.

Good Shepherd

Drug and alcohol-free, 12-bed residence for medically fragile, homeless men who are focusing on transition from homelessness to independent living.

Coffee House

Provides a safe resting and sleeping environment for 27 chronically homeless men who typically avoid shelter living.

Day Services

Day services for homeless men and men in need; Saint John’s provides a nutritious and hot noon meal for more than 350 men each weekday.

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St John’s Hospice Stats

Meals Served
Men Provided With Showers & Clothes
Men Helped Through Case Services
Men Sheltered In Our Coffee House

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Benefactors from all over the area have generously provided for the needs of our homeless men since we opened in 1963.


Saint John’s Hospice hosts over 40,000 volunteer hours each year. We could not survive without this generous outpouring of time and talent.


The Casseroles are the “Main Course” of a complete, hot meal that we serve to hundreds of God’s poor and homeless who come to us for their daily bread.

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