When disaster strikes, what happens to those affected? Those caught in the overwhelming shock and confusion of what to do next. Where do they go? Who can they turn to? How do they begin to piece their lives back together?
For people in the greater Philadelphia region, the answer to those questions is, Red Cross House.
For the last ten years, Red Cross House has been celebrating the resilience of the human spirit—providing housing and ongoing support to help local and regional victims of home fires and other unforeseen disasters regroup, renew, and begin again. And every day we see people come back from tragedy stronger than before. Not just starting over. But better.
Because Red Cross House is funded exclusively through donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations, your help is essential to ensuring the future of Red Cross House for another 10 years—and beyond.
Red Cross House is a short-term recovery center located in University City for families displaced by disaster in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Since Red Cross House is not a shelter, our residents receive:
- Their own room, complete with bathroom and kitchenette
- Three meals a day
- A caseworker assigned to work with them on creating and implementing a unique recovery plan
- A safe, locked facility with 24 hour security, including a locked storage area for their belongings
- Convenient University City location with easy access to public transportation
- Mental health and spiritual counseling
- Indoor and outdoor play areas
- Access to computers and the internet for job and housing searches along with educational attainment
- Fire safety and prevention, financial literacy, tenant rights, tutorial searches for children and other recovery related workshops
ALL services are FREE of charge.
We work closely with the Office of Emergency Management and the Fire Departments to ensure that displaced families have a safe place to turn to when disaster strikes.
Without Red Cross House, many families left homeless by disaster would enter into a homeless shelter, with an average stay longer than six months, and no guarantee that family members will stay together.
Residents stay an average of 21 days. In these three weeks, families receive the support they need to return to normal and independent living.