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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.

Services provided are as follows:

  • Residence for over 250 homeless men each year in the St. John’s Hospice and Good Shepherd programs
  • Over 3,000 meals each week to homeless and needy men
  • 160 showers with clean clothing, underwear and shoes every week
  • Mailroom services for over 900 homeless men
  • Case management, medical assistance and counseling offered for all residents and day services guests totaling excess of 375 men each day
  • 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

All of this is possible thanks to the on-going support of individual donors and organizations that believe in Saint John’s mission and support its good work. Because of them, Saint John’s is able to continue to serve those who are suffering and in need.

For more information on how you can join the Saint John’s Hospice family and partner in its mission to serve others, contact Barry Martin at

Saint John’s currently provides services in four distinct areas:  

  • Drug and alcohol-free, 40-bed residence for men who are in transition from homelessness to independent living in the community; all residents meet with in-house case managers to work through specific issues associated with homelessness and are referred to appropriate treatment centers and skill development programs in the community
  • Drug and alcohol-free, 12-bed residence for medically fragile, homeless men; as with the above mentioned program, the Good Shepherd Program focuses on transition from homeless to independent living, while also working with its clients to manage their specific healthcare needs
  • Day services for homeless men and men in need; Saint John’s provides a nutritious and hot noon meal for more than 325 men each weekday as well as case management services, on-site nursing services, daily showers and clothing, and a mailroom services for over 900 men
  • Emergency Drop-in Center or  “Coffee House” provides temporary shelter and food, restrooms, showers, and staff support for 27 chronically homeless men from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night of the year; Saint John’s staff works closely with these men, building trust while also encouraging them to seek the help they need to break the cycle of homelessness