The Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence is a safe and welcoming emergency housing program offering loving, respectful, compassionate, and non-judgmental services in order to empower residents to strive towards self-sufficiency. All family configurations, including families with teenaged children, and single men with children are accepted. Primarily, we serve young mothers with infants and single mothers with school aged children. Many of the women served aged out of the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services system and have found themselves unable to access safe and affordable housing for their families.
Growing up in pervasive poverty these women have had to focus on the goal of survival and, as a result, lack the necessary skills and education to compete in today's economy. Most of these young mothers have self-identified as victims of traumatic childhoods; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and neglect. In fact, seventy five percent of our residents have openly reported personal histories of trauma.