Student Life

Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP)

Service Sites

The following are organizations we have partnered with during PSIP in the past: 

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Saint John’s Hospice

Saint John's Hospice seeks to be a community grounded in faith and service where homeless persons find dignity, respect, nourishment and opportunity for new beginnings.  The day services program engages men living on the street through weekday lunch and holiday meals, clothing and showers, P O Box service, and brief case management services

PSIP Students will help the staff prepare, serve, and clean up from the meal served to those who are living on the street.  In addition, other cleaning or repair tasks might be requested.


The ARC of Philadelphia and PDDC

 

The Arc of Philadelphia is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1948 by concerned parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) promoting independence, choice, self-determination and community connections.  We provide advocacy and multi-lingual special education support for people with IDD in the city of Philadelphia.  We started the city’s first adult training program for people with intellectual disabilities in the early 1950s, Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corporation (PDDC), which, formed in 1990, continues to operate as the service arm of The Arc.  Annually, The Arc and PDDC provide services to over 400 people with IDD in the areas of special education advocacy, information and referral, vocational training, job training and readiness, employment services, cultural arts and recreation, personal enrichment,  and community supports.

SJU PSIP students will be matched with a program participant from the training center or cultural arts center and work on projects as assigned.


Inglis House

Placement Description: Inglis House is a specialty nursing care facility for 297 adults with physical disabilities. All Inglis House programs are designed to maximize the independence of people with physical disabilities.

Service Description: Student volunteers may work under the direction of the Therapeutic Recreation Department to assist in facilitating activities for Inglis Residents or will work with Peggy to do room visits of the residents. Normally, at least two students will visit one resident.


Saint Columba’s, Project H.O.M.E.

Placement Description: St. Columba's is a Safe Haven in West Philadelphia for men who have experienced chronic homelessness and who have a mental illness. St. Columba's targets "hard-to-reach" homeless men, many of whom are older, physically frail and have been unwilling or unable to access other types of programs and services.

Service Description: Students will help prepare and serve the lunch meal, as well as spend time with the residents. Students may spend their time and talents one on one with a resident, benefiting from each other's knowledge and life stories.


Women of Change, Project H.O.M.E.
(NOTE: female students only)

Placement Description: Women of Change provides 25 Safe Haven beds in Center City for women who have experienced chronic homelessness and who have a serious mental illness. Services are provided on a 24-hour basis, including case management, supportive services and on-site medical care.

Service Description: Students will help prepare and serve the lunch meal, as well as spend time with the residents. Students may spend their time and talents one on one with a resident, benefiting from each other's knowledge and life stories.


Abigale House

Abigale House provides short-term and long-term nursing and rehabilitation care to the Camden community.  Their staff of dedicated and experienced professionals recognize each resident as an individual, sometimes delicate, sometimes strong, but always with needs that are uniquely theirs. They fulfill those needs and embrace our role as caregivers by providing a loving, caring, and respectful environment.  Volunteers will be assisting with activities for the residents or visiting residents in their rooms.  


Heart of Camden

The Heart of Camden's mission is to restore the dignity and quality of life of the community through programs for housing restoration, economic expansion and human development.  Volunteers most likely will be gutting houses.    

Bethesda Project


Placement Description: Bethesda Project is a faith based, ecumenical community of prayer, reflection and action that responds to the call to serve the abandoned poor - those among the poor whose condition would otherwise go unrecognized and whose needs would remain unmet. They focus energies on those who are chronically homeless by providing quality housing and supportive services.

Service Description: Students may help prepare and serve the lunch meal, as well as spend time with the residents. Students may spend their time and talents one on one with a resident, benefiting from each other's knowledge and life stories. Students many also be asked to help with kitchen and housekeeping chores.


Saint Francis Inn

Saint Francis Inn serves over 300 meals a day and is open 365 days a year. Their guests are children, families and elderly, drug addicts and prostitutes. They serve all people who come to their doors everyday. Their first priority is to serve everyone with dignity and respect.

On Wednesday and Thursday, students will help serve breakfast from 10AM-11AM, and then they will help clean up and prepare the evening meal. On Wednesday, some students may serve at the Catholic Worker medical clinic which is just next door. On Friday, students will help prepare for and serve the main meal of the day, served from 11:30AM-1PM.