Welcome to St. Francis Inn Ministries


We are a Franciscan, Eucharistic community called to minister with the poor and homeless of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi, we try to meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing and hospitality. Furthermore, we empower persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and address structural injustices. We seek to build relationships with those that we serve by respecting their human dignity and by helping them to restore hope in their lives, and by living simply among them.

The Latest News from Our Ministries

Block Party 2015

On Sunday we had our annual Block Party for the guests. We served the meal outdoors on a beautiful June day. We served 452 chicken meals to our guests. After the meal was over many people stayed for a couple of hours of music and dancing. We provided entertainment and... read more

Supportive Housing Program

In May of 2010 the St. Francis Urban Center opened St. Margaret House as a permanent supportive housing program for families. This was a small housing program in our neighborhood for single mothers and their children. Due to personnel reasons we had to phase-out the... read more

Our Food Donations

The Inn has been serving meals to the neediest individuals and families in Philadelphia since 1979. We opened our doors in December of 1979 and have served a meal every day since then. A breakfast of hot or cold cereal or pastries is served three days a week, while we... read more

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Our Most Urgently Needed Items

  • Tavel-sized Toiletries (especially deodorants)
  • Diapers (especially sized 5 and 6)
  • Men’s Underwear (especially Small and Medium)
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If you live near Philadelphia and can help us with any of these items, please bring them to the Inn Monday to Thursday between 9 AM and 4 PM. We thank you!

Our Ministries

St. Francis Inn

The Inn has been serving meals to the neediest individuals and families in Philadelphia since 1979. We now serve between 350 and 500 meals a day with dignity and respect. In addition to the dine-in meals, we also provide food baskets for families and homebound seniors monthly. A mixture of fresh and non-perishable foods supply regular sustenance to those unable to come to our meals. Mail services, phone usage, and many intangible resources also support our guests. More information…

Thea Bowman Women’s Center

Thea’s is a day center providing a safe and secure place for women. It seeks to be a supportive caring presence among the poor, offering a place where the marginalized can experience a sense of acceptance and belonging. The women participate in support groups, activities that rebuild their spirits, and the general upkeep of the center. We offer showers, laundry, and meals during our hours of operation. More information…

Marie’s Closet Thrift Shop

Marie’s Closet is run by the staff of St. Francis Inn in addition to a small cohort of dedicated, loyal and tireless volunteers. Each month, 300 to 400 changes of clothing are given to the guests of St. Francis Inn.  Through our voucher program, guests are allowed a shirt, pants, underwear and socks. More information…

St. Francis Urban Center

The Urban Center is our latest outreach ministry and was started in September 2006. The Center represents an expansion of St. Francis Inn Ministries’ work to include efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and address structural injustices. The Urban Center provides social services to families and individuals who are dealing with issues related to poverty and/or homelessness. More information…

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Our Addresses & Phone Numbers

St. Francis Inn 2441 Kensington Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125-1235 (215) 423-5845
St Francis Inn 2441 Kensington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125
Marie’s Closet 2439 Kensington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125 (215) 634-1510
St. Francis Urban Center 404 East Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125-3306 (215) 925-4584
404 East Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125
Thea Bowman Women’s Center (215) 739-1137

Our Mailing Address

St. Francis Inn Ministries PO Box 3746 Philadelphia, PA 19125-0746
You can also contact us using this web form.
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