The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House provides a multitude of recreational programs each week for different age groups; families also provide suggestions for what types of activities they would like to participate in. We have movie nights, arts and crafts, game night, Karaoke, superman and princess parties, carnival night, etc. During the spring and summer months, we provide activities that take the residents outdoors such as field trips to museums, water ice outing, sight-seeing tours of the city, outings to the park. A team of volunteers also provide educational, recreational, and spiritual programming for our families.
Elisa Shirley House provides our families with weekly church services, including Sunday school for children, Bible studies, devotionals, and one-on-one counseling, as requested. In addition, area churches provide donations to the women and children at the shelter throughout the year.
Thomas Jefferson University: Doctor with interns and nurses assess the medical needs of residents.
Drexel University: Doctor with interns and nurses assess the medical needs of residents.
HIV Presentations: HIV testing and counseling.
Empowering Women's Group: Group discussion addressing stress, anger, shame, low self-esteem, guilt, and other presenting issues.
Legal Services: Refer residents to legal services at another facility.
Drug and Alcohol Counseling
Drug and Alcohol Meetings: Information is distributed listing all drug and alcohol meetings held in the Center City area.
Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition: Refer residents for G.E.D., job placement, and housing.
Women of Transition: Empowerment counseling for women who have suffered domestic abuse.
Women Organized Against Rape (W.O.A.R): Assist women through counseling to begin to deal with their rape issues.
Mary Howard Clinic / The Health Center: Referrals for women without medical coverage.
Philadelphia Department of Human Services: Parenting classes.
Philadelphia Department of Public Assistance: Those with no income are referred for assistance.
Philadelphia Access Center: Social service counseling, parenting classes.
Philadelphia School Board: Transportation, uniforms, etc. for students.
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