Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Family &
Community Medicine

JeffHOPE

Health Opportunities, Prevention & Education

JeffHOPE is a group of student-run free clinics that operates under the guidance of Jefferson’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. We go to four homeless shelters and one needle exchange, harm reduction program in Philadelphia every week to provide acute, basic medical care and help individuals and families experiencing homelessness access resources and healthcare providers that are better equipped to care for them long-term. 

Our secondary mission is to educate healthcare students and professionals about the social and medical issues surrounding homelessness. The students and clinicians that make our clinics run are as diverse and unique as the patients we work with, but we all share some personal convictions that drew us to JeffHOPE in the first place. The men, women, and children we see are often facing several challenges aside from their temporary or chronic homelessness, such as medical or mental illness, food insecurity, job insecurity, or domestic violence, to name a few. 

JeffHOPE teaches us about our community, about people, and plays an immeasurably valuable role in shaping us into capable and caring physicians.


Mondays — Eliza Shirley, 6 - 9 PM
Tuesdays — Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, 6 - 9:30 PM
Wednesdays — ACTS, Wednesdays, 6 - 9 PM
Thursdays — Our Brothers Place, 6 - 9 PM
Saturdays — Prevention Point, 10:15 AM - 1:30 PM