Currently, SREHUP is working tirelessly on a new initiative that will allow us to house individuals experiencing homelessness and their pets in a village of tiny homes. While we work to build this village, we will be volunteering in a different capacity than in past years by partnering with Families Forward Philadelphia.
If you are interested in volunteering with us this year, please sign up HERE for a shift that works best for you!
There is one volunteer shift from 6:00 – 8:00 every night of the week (please try to arrive a little early for set up). Dinner will be served during this time and activities will be done as a group. Although all meals will be provided, volunteers are welcome to bring STORE BOUGHT desserts if they so desire (homemade food items are, unfortunately, prohibited). There are approximately 185 people at the shelter, 113 of whom are children. Please feel free to bring games, arts and crafts, or projects to work on with the children, referencing the activities schedule as shown below:
- Monday: Arts and Crafts Night
- Tuesday: Tutoring Night
- Wednesday: Fitness Night
- Thursday: Game Night
- Friday – Sunday: Flexible days with nothing scheduled. Please feel free to come prepared to do any activities you’d like!
Volunteers are encouraged to come prepared to help with homework, play games, or do group activities. Please reference your night and bring appropriate games/craft ideas as you are able! There will always be leadership on site to guide you if you have any questions.
Prior to coming to volunteer, we ask that you please complete appropriate clearances, as we will be working with children.
Before coming to a volunteer block, there are 2 clearance forms that must be completed.
Once completed, email your clearances to [email protected] for our records.
Families Forward Philadelphia
111 N 49th Street
Coming from 76:
From 76: Take the exit for Girard Avenue and continue West on Girard Ave. Turn left onto Belmont Ave/44th Street. Continue 44th Street until you reach a dead-end at Haverford Avenue. Turn Right onto Haverford Avenue. Continue Haverford Avenue until you reach the traffic light at 48th Street. Turn Left onto 48th Street and enter the first parking lot on the right. At the entrance the Red sign will read Kirkbride/Gardenia House of Passage, continue straight on that path until you reach a sign outside our facility that reads Families Forward Philadelphia’s Family Residence and you may park in any open spot.
Coming from Haverford Ave:
Take Haverford Avenue to 48th Street; make a right or left (depending on which direction you are coming from) onto 48th Street going towards Market St. The very first parking lot on the right is the entrance to the parking lot where Families Forward is located (across from the youth study center). At the entrance the Red sign will read Kirkbride/Gaurdenzia House of Passage, continue straight on that path until you reach a sign outside our facility that reads Families Forward Philadelphia’s Family Residence and you may park in any open spot.
Coming from Market St:
Take Market Street to 48th Street; make a right onto 48th St. and continue until you reach the third parking lot (on the left). At the entrance of the parking lot you will see a Red sign that reads Kirkbride/Gaurdenzia House of Passage, continue straight on that path until you reach a sign outside our facility that says Families Forward Philadelphia’s Family Residence and you may park in any open spot.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
- Addi Hillard, Student President, [email protected], (973) 862-1639
- Stephanie Sena, Founder, [email protected], (484) 437-3042
- Ellari Hillard, Operations Vice President, [email protected], (973) 600-9606
We are not responsible for serving food, but are responsible for engaging the clients
Heavy emphasis on helping children – tutoring, arts and crafts, games, etc.