People’s Emergency Center

People’s Emergency Center
325 N 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Contact:  Meredith Pollock, Volunteer Coordinator,, (215) 382-7523 or (267) 777-5829

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) nurtures families, strengthens neighborhoods, and drives change. We are committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout our entire community. We provide comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children, revitalize our West Philadelphia neighborhood, and advocate for social justice.

PEC primarily serves homeless families consisting of single mothers and their young children. Many of these families are headed by young mothers with little or no work experience and some history of personal or familial trauma. The work of PEC is to support these families through a complement of social services that are intended to chip away at their barriers to success. Families at PEC are supported through emergency and transitional housing, employment and job training, computer skills development, GED and workplace literacy, as well as case management and counseling services. Through its efforts, PEC enables the families it serves to achieve long-term economic and personal self-sufficiency.

Our community development arm helps build new homes and maintain and repair existing ones, cleans up vacant lots and maintains parks, and helps families manage their finances.

PEC forms partnerships for strengthening neighborhoods with community members and organizations, individual donors, foundations, and government agencies. Over the past 22 years, we have raised nearly $60 million to help revitalize the West Powelton, Saunders Park, and Mantua neighborhoods that we serve.

For your mitzvah project, organize a drive of in-kind donations or donate non-perishable items for our food relief program! We are especially in need of personal care products: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.  Contact us to find out about our immediate needs.