Philly House

Philly House


Mission Statement

We open our doors everyday with a welcoming spirit of Christian compassion, walking alongside the homeless, hungry and hurting of Philadelphia so that they may experience the love of God through acts of mercy, dignity and respect. More than just a safe space, warm bed and a hot meal, we empower everyone we serve through deep, intentional engagement with compassionate programs and trauma-informed care—activating their God-given potential for life transformation.


A living legacy of John Wanamaker (originally called Sunday Breakfast Association), we activate others’ God-given potential by serving the homeless, hungry and hurting through a wide range of loving, compassion-based programs and services.

As the city’s largest and longest-running shelter, we provide a safe, clean refuge off the streets along with deep, intentional engagement to see a long-term impact.