Homeless Shelter

Old First was the first church in Philadelphia to open its doors to homeless Philadelphians back in 1984. Today, through a partnership with the Bethesda Project, Old First’s Social Hall becomes “home” to 30 residents from November through April. Bethesda staff serve as night supervisors and provide the primary social services and case management.  Old First provides the space and organizes outside groups to host dinners. Wellspring’s Outreach Coordinator serves as a liaison to the church and coordinates volunteers.

To Volunteer

Volunteers prepare, serve, and share an evening meal with the men of the shelter four to five times a week. Shelter dinners are great community-building opportunities: showing care, love and respect for our shelter guests who in turn welcome the volunteers into their home. Volunteers enjoy an opportunity for service and a meal with some really interesting dinner companions. All volunteers must be over the age of 14. Maximum group size of 12.

To schedule a date your group to prepare dinner with the shelter residents, please e-mail the Outreach  Coordinator volunteer@oldfirstucc.org .

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