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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.

Latest News

Agencies keeping seniors, street dwellers cool during heat emergency

July 21, 2022

As the Philadelphia region battles a week of sky-high temperatures, archdiocesan outreaches are doubling down on providing water, air-conditioned spaces and love to vulnerable populations.

Bishop celebrates retirement with meal for homeless

June 17, 2022

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Edward Deliman headed for the kitchen June 16 to serve clients of St. John’s Hospice, as part of a monthly series that’s building community right at the dinner table.

Outreach workers ‘break stigma, bring hope’ to those in addiction

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.

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In Their Words

Hear the stories from the people who have experienced Saint John’s.

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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.

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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