“At Friends we are committed to exercising social responsibility while understanding that we are the safety-net for so many families. Your donations and words of support over the past few weeks have energized us as we continue to provide critical services for families facing homelessness. Beginning March 16, we will be partially closed as we strive to keep employees and families safe and healthy.”

Jennifer Lopez, Executive Director

It Starts With A Home

Friends Association provides emergency shelter and prevention services using a two-generation approach for families facing homelessness or housing instability in Chester County. We know that the journey home starts with housing, but that’s just the beginning.  Friends builds family well-being by providing opportunities for and meeting the needs of children and their parents together.

We believe in…

Housing First       2-Generation Approach   

Trauma-Informed Care      Resiliency Focus 

 Every Family Housed 

Fathers, mothers, grandparents, caretakers and children 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

A Story of Resilience

Jessica grew up in what she describes as a dysfunctional family.  Her father was absent and her mother was addicted to drugs.  Most of her childhood was unstable, unsafe, and abusive.  She was determined to have a different life, a healthy relationship, and a home in which to anchor her family.  She met her partner and began building a life with him, having two little boys in quick succession.  Her dream for a better life dissolved when her partner became addicted to drugs.  She tried to support him and soon realized she was repeating the patterns of her childhood.  She broke that cycle when she found Friends Association.