If you are experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis, please call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to #898-211

Ways To Give


Friends Association helps homeless or near homeless families stabilize their lives, find and maintain permanent housing. Each year, we rely entirely on our generous donors and volunteers to support our mission. It may look like a high mountain to climb, but every little bit of help, both financially and with the gift of your time, makes it possible to sustain our families and give them the HOPE they need to better their lives. HOPE begins with you.

“I’m willing to do the work. I understand my choices have landed me here. I’m not looking for handouts, but sometimes when I’m juggling all of these things, I need some help.” —Aleesa, a young mother

A recurring theme among parents seeking entry into our Emergency Family Shelter and Homeless Prevention Program is how hard they worked to avoid becoming homeless. By the time they reach our doors, most of our clients have tried everything to provide stable housing for their children. They’ve borrowed money for rent, taken second jobs, and slept on couches in relative’s homes. For some it is a matter of pride and some are fearful due to the way shelters are portrayed on TV and movies.

This is where you – and Friends Association – come in. Because you have given your time, resources, or both, we are able to help families like Aleesa’s get back on their feet.

Monthly Giving

Become a Friends Association Sustainer of Hope with a monthly donation to support the families in our Shelter and Homeless Prevention Programs.

We ask you to make a dedicated pledge to our families by providing a predictable source of income we can count on to provide food, clothing, housing and emergency transportation. It is the easiest way to give and ensure that Friends Association receives your ongoing support.

Please follow the link below and select “Recurring Donation”. Your ongoing support will make all the difference to our families!

In Kind Giving

Things our children and families always need:

  • Giant or Acme gift cards for food
  • NEW bed pillows
  • Twin size bed sheets, blankets, and bedspreads
  • Kitchen and bath linens
  • Paper products: paper towels, toilet paper, and napkins
  • Personal care items: shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
  • Kitchen items: dishes, pots, pans, glassware and silverware

Items may be dropped off at our offices between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on weekdays.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts can double your donation. See if your employer will match your Friends Association donation.

By using your employer’s matching gifts program, you could double or triple your support for Friends Association, where families are stabilized in housing.

How To Get Started

  1. Donate
    Make a donation to Friends Association. Already Donated? Proceed to Step 2
  2. Find Your Employer
    Search our database to see if your employer will match your gift.
  3. Get Matching Funds
    Follow your employer’s instructions to match your donation to Friends Association

You can mail, email or fax your completed form to:

Friends Association
113 West Chestnut Street
West Chester, PA 19380

Email: r.meixner@friendsassoc.org
Fax number: 610-431-9768