It Starts with a Home

Friends Association provides emergency shelter and prevention services for families facing homelessness or housing instability in Chester County.

It Starts with a Home

Friends Association provides emergency shelter and prevention services for families facing homelessness or housing instability in Chester County.

We know that the journey home starts with secure housing,  but that’s just the beginning.  At Friends, we build family well-being by providing opportunities and meeting the needs of children and their parents together.

We Believe In…

Housing First

Housing First is a research-based solution to ending homelessness that prioritizes providing housing to individuals experiencing homelessness as quickly as possible without preconditions.

2-Generation 

A two-generation approach builds family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives together. 

Trauma-Informed

Trauma-informed care is a service approach that acknowledges the widespread, long-term impacts of trauma, understands signs and symptoms of trauma, and responds by integrating knowledge about trauma into all policies and practice.

Resiliency-Focused

A Resiliency-Focused Community
identifies programs and best practices proven to build resiliency at both individual and systemic levels  & improves the health of the entire system by promoting restoration, health, and growth in ongoing ways.

Over The Last Year…

Fathers, mothers, grandparents, caretakers and children were provided shelter and/or housing stabilization

Nights of secure shelter provided

Families prevented from experiencing homelessness

%

Families move to or remain in safe & stable housing

The journey home starts with.... you.