Our Brother's Place
The Salvation Army Gateway Service Center has been re-named Our Brother's Place (OBP) and evolved as the result of public and private ideas and goals, both altruistic and economic. In the spring of 1993, the government of the City of Philadelphia signed a contract with the Salvation Army to run Gateway.
Conceived as a humane alternative to the old city system of temporary housing, OBP was intended to serve as an entry level shelter for the hardcore homeless population of Philadelphia. The center runs two programs: a shelter capable of housing 150 residents nightly and a day program serving up to 100 people per day.
Our Brother's Place:
- Thursdays, 6-10 PM
- 907 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
- (215) 685-3892
Admission to the shelter is controlled by the city Office of Service to the Homeless and Adults (OSHA). OBP is classified as a low demand shelter, which means that the men who live at OBP do not have to be drug and alcohol free ("clean and sober") to stay. The center is geared towards healthy young and middle-aged individuals who are difficult to help in traditional shelter programs, but is meant to be a short-term stop on the way to more permanent living situations. The program works to help residents address their housing and addiction problems, and works to facilitate long-term solutions. Residents stay in the shelter for an average of 60-90 days and some stay as long as 180 days.
The JeffHOPE clinic at OBP provides general adult care to the residents of this shelter. Among the many services provided at this clinic are: vaccinations, venipuncture and lab services for various blood tests, EKGs, medications and refills, health education, smoking cessation, physician referrals, medical insurance applications, and handouts of basic personal items from toiletries to socks and slippers. We are also fortunate to be able to collaborate with the Department of Physical Therapy of the Jefferson College of Health Professions in addressing the musculoskeletal needs of this patient population.
Common health issues facing the population served at this clinic include hypertension, chronic pain, mental illness, nicotine addiction, and all manner of skin and respiratory infections. In addition to the patients who are seen for follow up care following emergency department visits, many of these patients are uninsured and therefore rely solely on JeffHOPE as their primary, if not only, source of medical care.