St. Francis Inn Ministries http://stfrancisinn.org We serve our guests with dignity and help rebuild one life at a time... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:35:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 100452009 Block Party 2015 http://stfrancisinn.org/block-party-2015/ http://stfrancisinn.org/block-party-2015/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:16:27 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=677 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 games for the children.  The […]

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IMG_20150607_125156_689On 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 games for the children.  The DJ for this event was Patrick Tuttle, ofm who is from Greenville, South Carolina.

We are very grateful to our benefactors and volunteers for making this event possible for our guests.

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Supportive Housing Program http://stfrancisinn.org/supportive-housing-program/ http://stfrancisinn.org/supportive-housing-program/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:30:58 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=668 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 housing program and close St. Margaret House in February. However, the good news is […]

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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 IMG_0031_2we had to phase-out the housing program and close St. Margaret House in February. However, the good news is that in the last four and half years we have been able to provide help to five families. Most of the families had been homeless before coming to our program. We provided some stable housing and gave the parents a chance to work on some important goals.

We are very grateful for the opportunity to be able to offer housing and resources, for the past four years, to some of our most vulnerable families. It has been a great challenge and learning experience for all those who have been involved in this important project.

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Our Food Donations http://stfrancisinn.org/our-food-donations/ http://stfrancisinn.org/our-food-donations/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 22:02:22 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=663 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 serve a sit-down meal in […]

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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 serve a sit-down meal in our dining room ever day. We served a total of 159,477 nutritious meals to our guests in 2014.

We rely on the generosity of local grocery stores, bakeries and businesses as well as churches and individuals to donate food so we can serve our daily meals. In 2014 our community partners donated a total of 477,637.5 pounds of food to help feed our guests. We are very grateful for the generosity and support that we receive all year long from our special donors.

We look forward to continuing to serve our guests in 2015 with the help of our community partners in providing us with all types of food.

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U.S. Mayors Report on Hunger and Homelessness http://stfrancisinn.org/u-s-mayors-report-on-hunger-and-homelessness/ http://stfrancisinn.org/u-s-mayors-report-on-hunger-and-homelessness/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:24:07 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=658 The 32nd annual assessment of hunger and homelessness, conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors was released in December 2014. The survey was conducted in 25 cities including Philadelphia. The report shows that while the nation’s economic indicators are showing improvement, hunger and homelessness in the cities continue to rise. Some key highlights of the […]

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The 32nd annual assessment of hunger and homelessness, conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors was released in December 2014. The survey was conducted in 25 cities including Philadelphia. The report shows that while the nation’s economic indicators are showing improvement, hunger and homelessness in the cities continue to rise.

Some key highlights of the Report:

Findings on Hunger 

  • Seventy-one percent of the survey cities reported that requests for emergency food assistance increased over the past year. Across the survey cities, emergency food assistance requests increased by an average of 7 percent. The rate of increase was 20 percent in Philadelphia.
  • Among those requesting food assistance, 56 percent were persons in families, 38 percent were employed, 20.5 percent were elderly, and 7 percent were homeless.
  • Low wages led the list of causes of hunger cited by the survey cities, followed by poverty, unemployment, and high housing costs.
  • Across the survey cities, 27 percent of the demand for food assistance is estimated to have been unmet.

Findings on Homelessness 

  • Over the past year, the total number of homeless persons increased across the survey cities by an average of 1 percent, with 48 percent of the cities reporting an increase, 39 percent reporting a decrease, and 13 percent saying it stayed the same.
  • City officials identified lack of affordable housing as the leading cause of homelessness among families with children. This was followed by unemployment, poverty, mental illness and the lack of needed services, and substance abuse and the lack of needed services.
  • Lack of affordable housing also topped the list of causes of homelessness among unaccompanied individuals.

A copy of the report can be found on the Conference of Mayors web site at: www.usmayors.org

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Meals Served In 2014 http://stfrancisinn.org/meals-served-in-2014/ http://stfrancisinn.org/meals-served-in-2014/#respond Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:58:14 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=655 We served a total of 159,477 hot, nutritious meals to men, women and children in our dining room for the year 2014. We served 7,778 more meals in 2014. This is the biggest increase of meals served in one year. We are very grateful to our volunteers, benefactors and donors for making it possible for us to serve this […]

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We served a total of 159,477 hot, nutritious meals to men, women and children in our dining room for the year 2014. We served 7,778 more meals in 2014. This is the biggest increase of meals served in one year.

We are very grateful to our volunteers, benefactors and donors for making it possible for us to serve this many guests the past year. web4

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Homeless Memorial Day 2014 http://stfrancisinn.org/homeless-memorial-day-2014/ http://stfrancisinn.org/homeless-memorial-day-2014/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:31:15 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=647 Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Memorial Day every year on the first day of winter, the longest night of the year, to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember those who have died while living without a permanent home. This annual event is commemorated […]

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IMG_0111Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Memorial Day every year on the first day of winter, the longest night of the year, to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember those who have died while living without a permanent home. This annual event is commemorated in many cities across the country every December.

This year’s annual Homeless Memorial Day in Philadelphia is scheduled for this Thursday, December 18, because the first day of winter falls on the weekend. The event will take place at Dilworth Park, on the west side of City Hall, at 5:00PM.

Building on the theme of “Remember, Hope, and Heal,” the event features a very powerful ceremonial reading of the names of men and women who died in the past year. Four of our guests who died this year are on that list.

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Winter Clothing Needs http://stfrancisinn.org/winter-clothing-needs/ http://stfrancisinn.org/winter-clothing-needs/#respond Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:29:32 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=643 We depend so much on the generosity of individuals and organizations providing all kinds of material goods for us to share with our guests. We are very grateful for all the support that we receive throughout the year. At this time we are preparing for the winter season. During the winter months we give warm […]

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We depend so much on the generosity of individuals and organizations providing all kinds of material goods for us to share with our guests. We are very grateful for all the support that we receive throughout the year. At this time we are preparing for the winter season. During the winter months we give warm clothing items to our guests. We would like to provide a list of our current needs.

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  • Thermal Underwear
  • Bed Blankets

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We Welcome Fred and Flo http://stfrancisinn.org/we-welcome-fred-and-flo-2/ http://stfrancisinn.org/we-welcome-fred-and-flo-2/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:33:10 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=604 We welcome back Fred and Flo MacLean who arrive today for their annual visit. They left their home in Prince Edward Island to spend four months with us. They have been a part of our community for the past 14 years.

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We welcome back Fred and Flo MacLean who arrive today for their annual visit. They left their home in Prince Edward Island to spend four months with us. They have been a part of our community for the past 14 years.DSC01284

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New Report On Child Homelessness http://stfrancisinn.org/new-report-on-child-homelessness/ http://stfrancisinn.org/new-report-on-child-homelessness/#respond Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:32:32 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=600 One out of every 30 children in the U.S. experienced homelessness last year, that makes nearly 2.5 million children who, in 2013, lived in shelters, on the streets, in cars or doubled up with other families in tight quarters, often moving from one temporary solution to another, according to “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” a report published […]

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One out of every 30 children in the U.S. experienced homelessness last year, that makes nearly 2.5 million children who, in 2013, lived in shelters, on the streets, in cars or doubled up with other families in tight quarters, often moving from one temporary solution to another, according to “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” a report published this week by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research.

The report which draws on data from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) as well as the Census Bureau, found that children are homeless in every county and state across the country. The report also notes that progress has been made in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless individuals due to concerted efforts by the federal government, but no special attention has been directed toward homeless children and their numbers have increased.

Major causes of child homelessness in the U.S. include: (1) the nation’s high poverty rate; (2) a lack of affordable housing; (3) the continuing impacts of the Great Recession; (4) racial disparities; (5) the challenges of single parenting; and (6) the ways in which traumatic experiences, especially domestic violence, precede and prolong homelessness for families.

Research shows that homeless children are hungry and sick more than children who are housed. The impact of homelessness on children, especially young children, may lead to changes in brain architecture that interfere with leading, emotional self-regulation, cognitive skills, and social relationships. Up to 25% of homeless pre-school children have mental health problems requiring clinical evaluation; this increases to 40% among homeless school age children. Many homeless children struggle in school, missing days and repeating grades until they drop out entirely.

According to the report, effective solutions must combine safe, affordable housing with essential supportive services. All family members must be comprehensively assessed prior to being re-housed to understand what services they need to remain residentially stable. Parents need income, which requires education, job training, transportation, and childcare. Parents may also need mental health and parenting supports to address untreated trauma and depression. Further research is necessary to understand what mix of housing and supports is most effective for which children and families.

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Homelessness Declines Since 2013 http://stfrancisinn.org/homelessness-declines-since-2013/ http://stfrancisinn.org/homelessness-declines-since-2013/#respond Sun, 02 Nov 2014 18:13:35 +0000 http://stfrancisinn.org/?p=593 According to numbers released last week  by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night has declined by 2 percent since 2013, and by 11 percent since 2007. During the January 2014 Point-in-Time Count, volunteers counted 578,424 people experiencing homelessness. Additional Findings     Of the in […]

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According to numbers released last week  by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night has declined by 2 percent since 2013, and by 11 percent since 2007. During the January 2014 Point-in-Time Count, volunteers counted 578,424 people experiencing homelessness.

Additional Findings 

  •    Of the in 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on a given night in January 2014, 69 percent were sheltered, 31 percent were unsheltered.
  • 23 percent of all homeless people counted were children under the age of 18; 10 percent were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 66 percent were 25 years old or older.
  • 63 percent of people counted were experiencing homelessness as individuals, while 37 percent were homeless people in families.
  • Homelessness among people in families declined by 3 percent since 2013 and by 8 percent since 2007.

HUD’s Point-in-Time Count is the only national survey that counts everyone who is staying in a shelter or other homeless programs as well as people who are living on the streets or other places not meant for human habitation. Its methodology is fairly consistent over time, allowing an assessment of whether the number of homeless people is growing or shrinking. It does not, however, count every single homeless person, nor does it assess the number of people who are at high risk of homelessness because they have unstable or unacceptable housing.

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