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Good Samaritan Community Outreach Ministry

Luke 10:30-37

Ministry LeaderRev. Robin E. Woods


Philadelphia Prayer, Praise & Worship Center Church, Inc.

230 ½ S. 51st Street (51st & Locust Streets)

Philadelphia, PA 19139

Counselors:  Pastor Douglas M. & Co-Pastor Felisa E. Carpenter

Counseling by appointment.

(215) 472-9551 or 1-888-GOD’S JOY (Toll Free)

E-mail Address for Church & Outreach Ministry: PhilaPrayer@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.Philaprayer.org   

 The Philadelphia Prayer, Praise & Worship Center Church, Inc. provides free Christian Counseling to any person in need.  Counseling services are by appointment in a confidential setting.  Marital, family, and individual counseling are available. 


Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Balm of Gilead

2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19150

(215) 276-7200

Website:   http://enontab.org/

Balm of Gilead provides counseling for individuals and families with trained counselors.  Counseling sessions may be made by appointment by calling the church’s telephone number as listed above.  Counseling is available for youth and adolescents. 

Grief Ministry provides coping skills to help person with pain and loss through group support sessions, which also teach persons about various stages of grief and how to move through them in a positive way.  Sessions are held weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at the Enon East (2800 West Cheltenham Avenue).



Investing in Ourselves

Contact:  Dr. Gillian Bazelon

Sayre-Morris Recreation Center

5835 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139




Investing in Ourselves in a non-profit organization that provides free healthy cooking, nutrition and dance classes to residents of West Philadelphia.  The group meets at Sayre Health Center on a weekly basis with a certified dance instructor as a means of reducing obesity.  They also offer cooking classes and demonstrations as a form of psychoeducation.  Dr. Bazelon has also partnered with several communities of faith and expanding the number of participants that are currently enrolled in the class.   


University of Pennsylvania Educational Opportunity Center

220 South 40th Street

Suite 240

Philadelphia, PA  19104

Website: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/aap/eoc/services.php

The Educational Opportunity Center provides professional guidance and assistance to participants.  The Office is designed to assist participants in pursuing and achieving academic success through a gamut of services and educational programs. They provide one-on-one counseling services to more than 1,000 participants each year age 19 or older.  They promote academic and personal development for preparation into high education institutions.


The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy

The Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103





 This office provides literacy education for adult learners.  Their mission is to help adults learners succeed.  They help participants with the following GED preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), and workforce development.





Chosen 300 Ministries (Outreach Center)
1116 Spring Garden Street
 Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 765-9806
or Email: info@chosen300.org

Website:  http://www.chosen300.org/homeless/homelessservingschedule.html                           

 Chosen 300 Ministries is a ministry that serves “guests without homes” 365-days a year.  They have an alliance of more than 85 churches with whom they partner to provide meals. They feed their “guests without homes” outdoors at 16th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturdays at 5 PM from May through October.  Their indoor meal program (1116 Spring Garden Street) runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays  at 6 PM; Tuesdays at Noon they have a learning lunch. On Sundays they have a fellowship and breakfast at 10 AM.   They now have a West Philadelphia site at 641 North Preston Street (Between 40th & 41st Wallace & Lancaster Avenues.  Feeding occurs at this site every Friday at 6 PM.  They also have a location in Pottstown.  See their website or call for further details.

St. Lukes Restoration Worship Center United Methodist Church

440 Snyder Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 240-7538

FAVOR Food Cupboard: Emergency food for low to moderate income families held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

 MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)
The Steven Korman Nutrition Center
2323 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Telephone: (215) 496-2662 or Fax: (215) 496-1349

Nutritional meal distribution is offered to those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Manna also provides counseling services to empower individuals to battle illness and prove their quality of life.



 Website for Philadelphia Government:  www.phila.gov

Telephone for City Information:  311

Website for Federal Government:  http://www.usa.gov/

Toll free for Federal Government Information:  1-800-FED INFO

Website for Telephone Directory for Federal Government:  http://www.info.gov/

The City of Philadelphia and Federal government provide a wealth of information with a wide variety of residential service information including property information, information for business owners including permits, licenses, and inspection.  These agencies also receive complaints about fraud/corruption along with emergency service information at the local and federal level.



 American Diabetes Association

150 Monument Road

 Suite 100

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

(610) 828-7969

Website:  http://www.diabetes.org/

This organization provides a myriad of services ranging from diabetes education, nutrition information, menu planning tips, fitness literature, weight loss management information, advocacy, and news and other pertinent information. 


Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Centers

2251 Garrett Rd

Drexel Hill PA 19026-1101

(610) 622-9957

Website:  http://www.amnion.org/

This agency provides counseling services and offer pregnancy testing.  They are dedicated to helping pregnant teens and women of all ages.  They also provide post abortion counseling services and provide clothing and items for infants.  They also run a relationship education program. They serve clients in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

 Community Asthma Prevention Program

Contact:  Cannae Dirl

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

(215) 590-5912


This program provides asthma education to residents of West Philadelphia about education, intervention, and resources related to asthma.  Participants receive free gifts for their participation in the program. 

 Public Health, City of Philadelphia

West-Southwest Philadelphia

Haddington Health Center
5619 Vine Street
(215) 471-2761

The Health Annex
6120 Woodland Avenue (map)
(215) 727-4721

Health Center #3
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
555 South 43rd Street (map)
(215) 685-7504

Health Center #4
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
4400 Haverford Avenue (map)
(215) 685-7601

Sayre Health Center
5800 Walnut Street (map)
(215) 474-4411

Woodland Avenue Health Center
5000 Woodland Avenue (map)
(215) 726-9807



The Homelessness Prevention Program

The following zip codes (19104, 19112, 19113, 19131,  19139, 19142, 19143, 19145, 19146, 19147, 19148, 19151, 19153) are served by the providers listed below.  Call for information about receiving rental assistance.

 1)    Intercultural Family Services

4225 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104

(215) 386-1298 ext. 255

Chinese and Vietnamese speaking staff available

 2) Catholic Social Services, SW office

6214 Grays Ave

Philadelphia, PA   19142

(215) 724-8550

3) Diversified Community Services

1920 S. 20th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19145

 (215)  336-3511  ext. 330

 The following zip codes (19102, 19103, 19106, 19107, 19111, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19118, 19119, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19123, 19124, 19125, 19126, 19127, 19128, 19129, 19130, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19135, 19136, 19137, 19138, 19140, 19141, 19144, 19149, 19150, 19152, 19154)  are served by the providers listed below.  Call for information about receiving rental assistance.

4) Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.

216 W. Somerset Street

Philadelphia, PA   19133

(215) 763-8870  ext, 1432 or 1405

Spanish speaking staff available

5) Catholic Social Services, NE office

7340 Jackson Street

Philadelphia, PA  19136

(215) 624-5920


Office of Emergency Shelter and Services

 Intake and Social Services for Men
Hours: 24-Hour Reception

Ridge Avenue Center
1360 Ridge Avenue
(215) 236-0909

 Intake and Social Services for Women, Families and Couples
Hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Office of Services to the Homeless and Adults
141 N. Juniper Street
(215) 686-7150/52

Intake and Social Services for Women, Families and Couples
Hours: Weekends and Nights
Salvation Army
Eliza Shirley House
1320 Arch Street
(215) 568-5113

These facilities are prepared to assist adults and families for self-efficacy leading to independent living.  They provide intake services, mental health services, outreach services, case management services, adult protective services, State emergency food distribution program, housing referrals eviction prevention services and many other services.


People’s Emergency Center for Women and Children

3902 Spring Garden Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 382-7522

PEC primarily serves homeless families consisting of single mothers and their young children. Many of these families are headed by young mothers with little or no work experience and some history of personal or familial trauma. The work of PEC is to support these families through a complement of social services that are intended to chip away at their barriers to success. Families at PEC are supported through emergency and transitional housing, employment and job training, computer skills development, GED and workplace literacy, as well as case management and counseling services. Through its efforts, PEC enables the families it serves to achieve long-term economic and personal self-sufficiency.




42 South 15th Street, Fifth Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 981-3800  • FAX:  (215) 981-3860

This free facility handles legal matters associated with family law, housing, public benefits, miscellaneous legal problems, and migrant farmworker legal problems.



1424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 -Center City Office

 (215) 981-3700 

1410 West Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140 – North Philadelphia Law Center

(215) 227-2400




642 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130-3424

215-765-9000 • FAX: 215-765-9066

PCA Helpline: 215-765-9040 or 215-765-9041 (TDD)

Website:  http://www.pcacares.org/

PCA provides services for the aging ranging from in-home care, transportation, emergency aid, classes, social engagement, adult day services, behavioral and mental health services and a continuum of other related services.



Philadelphia Gas Works

5230 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19139

(215) 235-1000

I Need Assistance to Pay My Bill

Learn more about assistance programs at: https://www.pgworks.com/.

Philadelphia Gas Works provides assistance for low-income residents.  You may visit their website or go to the office and a customer service representative will inform you of your options based on your situation and/or income.


 Customer Service Center
2301 Market Street
P.O. Box 8699
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Customer Service: Call 1-800-494-4000

Payment arrangements: Call 1-888-480-1533  
Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist with your customer service needs.  If you are having difficulty paying your bill, we may be able to help by setting up a payment arrangement with you.


Utility Emergency Services Fund

1617  John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 490

Philadelphia, PA  19103

(215) 972-5170

Website:  http://www.uesfacts.org/

This agency is designed to stabilize housing for vulnerable individual and families throughout the City of Philadelphia.  Assistance is provided for utility, rent, security deposit and mortgage assistance coupled with ongoing counseling services for self-sufficiency training.