Philly House

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The founders of the Sunday Breakfast Association had a simple goal: to provide a breakfast every Sunday for the poor and to bring them under Christian influence. Founded in 1878 by John Wanamaker. In the formative years, meals consisted of a roll and coffee.

Helping the Homeless, Hungry, and Hurting

Founded in 1878, we have reached out to the homeless in Philadelphia for more than 140 years. Originally named the Sunday Breakfast Association, our name was changed a few years ago to reflect our expanded services as a Rescue Mission. Rescue Missions are similar to a traditional homeless shelter, but focus on caring for the spiritual needs in addition to the practical needs of people.

In 2022, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission was renamed Philly House. It serves those experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. The Mission is the only provider of three meals a day, 365 days of the year to anyone in need. The Mission offers an array of homeless day services and clinics to men and women. Additionally, the Mission has a 30- day men’s emergency shelter and offers a 12 month transitional housing program to men. The Mission relies on the generous contributions of caring individuals, families, churches and businesses.

Note:  The above descriptive information came from the organization's About Us page.


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