What Is Saint 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
Emergency shelter for 27 homeless men
Over 3,000 meals served weekly
160 showers with clean clothing, underwear & shoes every week
Mailroom services for over 1500 men
Case management, medical assistance and counseling for all residents and day services guests
Programs We Offer
Saint John’s continues to provide crucial, life-sustaining services with dignity, respect & compassion to homeless men in Philadelphia.
Provides a safe resting and sleeping environment for 27 chronically homeless men who typically avoid shelter living.
Drug and alcohol-free, 40-bed residence for men who are in transition from homelessness to independent living in the community.
Drug and alcohol-free, 12-bed residence for medically fragile, homeless men who are focusing on transition from homelessness to independent living.
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.
Saint John’s Hospice in Action
April 25, 2022
Staff from archdiocesan Catholic Social Services joined organizers of a multifaceted humanitarian effort April 23 at “ground zero” of Philadelphia’s opioid crisis — and “encountered Jesus” in the process.
March 18, 2022
Owen Applestein of Lower Merion is aiming for scouting’s highest rank by gathering donations for St. John’s Hospice, the Catholic Social Services ministry serving hundreds of men experiencing homelessness.
December 23, 2021
The Good Shepherd Singers of St. John’s Hospice performed at Philadelphia’s Dec. 21 Homeless Memorial Day vigil, lifting their voices and others’ spirits.
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.
St John’s Hospice Stats
Men Provided With Showers & Clothes
Men Helped Through Case Services
Men Sheltered In Our Coffee House