Mercy Hospice is a recovery house for women and their children, offering a comprehensive array of residential and professional social services to its residents. The services offered to the residents include the provision of food, clothes, shelter, life skills, parenting education program, and goal-oriented case management. In addition, Mercy Hospice provides daily hospitality to woman on the street, in other shelters, or in near homeless situations. Services provided to women include daily lunch, access to showers, clothing, telephone use, and socials services assistance from a case manager.
Bethany Rommel, Clinic Director
– First Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.
– 334 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia
– (215) 790-7540
From JAH, take a right on 10th Street. Stay on 10th st until Lombard Street and take another Right. Finally, take a Right on 13th Street. Mercy Hospice will be on the left.
In the 1970's women who were without permanent housing became more visible in the streets and abandoned buildings of Philadelphia. At this time, Catholic Social Services asked the Sisters of Mercy for their assistance in opening a shelter for women and in 1976 the first shelter, Mercy Hospice, was opened. Mercy Hospice has the capacity for 37 adult women and 13 children.
The JeffHOPE clinic at Mercy Hospice provides general adult and pediatric care to the residents of this shelter. We provide health maintenance visits, sick visits, HIV care, blood sugar checks, immunizations, diabetes education, nutrition and exercise classes and smoking cessation classes. In addition, JeffHOPE is collaborating with the Office to Advance Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University to provide routine breast health education for the women at Mercy Hospice and free mammograms to women who are uninsured. Approximately 8-12 patients (women and children) are seen every Wednesday evening. In the space in which we run clinic, we have an exam room which allows for us to perform short surgical procedures, address patients’ gynecologic concerns, and give patients the privacy they desire.