ECS St. Barnabas Mission
ECS St. Barnabas Mission provides safe, decent shelter, healthy meals and supportive services to homeless families headed by a single mother. Located at 6006 W. Girard Avenue, the program’s immediate goal is to give families a safe place to stay. The long-term goal is to help mothers and children become self-sufficient. St. Barnabas is critical to ECS’ mission of empowering vulnerable individuals and families and directly addresses the agency’s long-term outcomes of safety, well-being and self-sufficiency for all clients.
The average length of stay at St. Barnabas is six months, but many larger families remain there much longer due to the difficulty of finding suitable housing. Since 2000, the facility has remained open and safe 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, housing more than 1,300 families in that time. By providing comprehensive supportive services, St. Barnabas families leave shelter prepared to live independently in their community.
- Meet Kamilah One rainy morning at 5 a.m., Kamilah woke up, called her best friend, and said, “I’m going to a shelter and I’m not going to turn back. I have to go because I need the support.” Her friend drove her to the city’s Office of Supportive Housing and watched her three young boys while Kamilah stood ... Read more.
- Meet Cynthia (With Video) Jump to video. Women come into the homeless shelter system in Philadelphia for a variety of reasons. For Cynthia, it was the need for safety from a former partner. Like many residents of ECS St. Barnabas Mission, however, she has gotten more out of the shelter experience than she expected. “I think being here has worked on ... Read more.
- Meet Kelly Kelly never expected to be homeless. She grew up in Northeast Philadelphia in a middle class household and did well in school. Her first marriage ended, but she remarried and had her only child, Andrew. The family lived in the Lancaster area for eight years before moving to Alabama. It was there that her husband ... Read more.
- Photos: Christ Church Valentine’s Day Party at ECS St. Barnabas Mission Kids and adults from Christ Church, Philadelphia brought crafts, face painting and ice cream sundaes to ECS St. Barnabas Mission for homeless women and children. It was a nice bit of cheer and fun, especially for all the children who have been stuck inside with all the snow and cold this winter. Photographs by DeBalko ... Read more.
- Shelter’s New Salad Bar Has a Larger Impact For most of us, a self-serve salad bar is just a convenience, but for the residents of ECS St. Barnabas Mission for homeless women and their children, it means much more. The new salad bar, provided and stocked with fresh produce through a grant from the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust, is a crucial part ... Read more.
- VIDEO: K. Michelle Visits ECS St. Barnabas Mission The women of ECS St. Barnabas Mission received a special surprise when singer K. Michelle of the VHI reality TV show Love and Hip Hop dropped by for a visit to the shelter. The appearance was part of her own Rebel Against campaign in cooperation with Saving Our Daughters, an Atlanta-based nonprofit. “It’s a national campaign ... Read more.
- The Butterfly Room at ECS St. Barnabas Mission Introduces Parent/Child Model Promoting healthy development and academic success are priorities at ECS St. Barnabas Mission for homeless women and their children. To that end, ECS recently launched a new parent-child education initiative called the Butterfly. This new program is able to serve more children and have a greater impact on families than the preschool model it replaced. “It ... Read more.