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ACTS Shelter

ACTS is a recovery house for women and their children providing a variety of services and programs to their residents. Programs include supportive drug and alcohol services, continuing education for literacy or GED and college prep, job training, health service referrals, counseling and assistance in family reunification, and recreational programs. A.C.T.S. (Acts Christian Transitional Service) was established in 1976 by Reverend Dr. Marlella Elizabeth Gantt, a native of Philadelphia. ACTS began as a ministry of Acts of the Apostles Church in Jesus Christ. The program provided shelter to abused women and children who came to the Church. In 1998 ACTS joined forces with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Office of Addiction Services (DBH/OAS) in order to facilitate a Supportive (Recovery) House. The Recovery House is for adult women in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Programs, as well as women who were recently incarcerated.

ACT Shelter
   – 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
   – 1428 N. 28th Street, Philadelphia
   – (215) 769-9799

Jessica Torres
Clinic Director
(215) 287-3553


From JAH go north and turn left onto Vine Street. Take a right onto Ben Franklin Parkway. Then take a right onto 22nd Street. Take the first left onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue until 29th Street and take a right. Then take a right onto Jefferson Street. Lastly take a right onto Newkirk Street. The entrance to ACTS is on the left.

JeffHOPE clinic at ACTS reopened in 2009 after being shut down for a few years due to a fire at the shelter. The JeffHOPE clinic at ACTS provides general adult and pediatric care to the residents of this shelter. We provide health maintenance visits, sick visits, blood sugar checks, adult immunizations, birth control, diabetes education, and parenting classes.  Recently, Jefferson students interested in Psychiatry have started to come out to clinic to provide motivational interviewing for the residents. JeffHOPE for Kids provides supervision as well as educational programming for children residing at Eliza Shirley during the hours of operation for the clinic. Approximately 8-12 patients (women and children) are seen every Wednesday evening. In the space in which we run clinic, we have a private exam room, which allows for us to perform short surgical procedures, address patients’ gynecologic concerns, and give patients the privacy they desire.