Friends Association is one of the longest-running child welfare non-profit organizations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has its roots in Quaker tradition. Beginning in 1822, a group of abolitionist women in Philadelphia came together to dedicate resources toward providing a home for children who had lost their parents, many as a result of being held captive and enslaved. Throughout the years, the organization has changed and evolved but has always focused on the protection of children and on recognizing the inherent value of each member of society.
In 2010, Friends began to focus its mission entirely on ending family homelessness in Chester County. Friends provides programs and services that prevent homelessness and promote the independence of families with children. We are unique in that we focus on keeping families together during times of crisis while connecting them with strengths-based case management and community resources. We support all families experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness in Chester County structured as they are when we meet them, including single moms and dads, two-parent, multi-generational, grandparent-led, and LGBTQ+ families. We empower them as they build on existing strengths and skills and work together to build resiliency, stable housing, educational opportunities, and economic self-sufficiency.
The overarching goal of Friends’ programming is to make homelessness for families in our community rare, brief, and non-recurring by providing emergency housing for families who have lost their homes, and through prevention programs that keep families stably housed while providing essential wrap-around services.
Friends Association addresses the needs of a wide range of families, from those who are experiencing homelessness to those who are currently housed but in jeopardy of losing their housing, through four pillars of service: Preventing homelessness, Providing emergency shelter, Partnering with families to support their stability, and Promoting systemic change.
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Friends Association is one of the longest-running child welfare non-profit organizations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has its roots in Quaker tradition. Beginning in 1822, a group of abolitionist women in Philadelphia came…