Emergency Shelter

CAADC is the primary provider of emergency housing to homeless families and individuals in Delaware County.  Shelter is provided at the following sites:

Life Center of Eastern DelawareLife Center of Eastern Delaware County:  The Life Center is located at 63rd and Market Streets in Upper Darby.  It houses 50 individuals at any given time and serves over 160 residents per year.  Residents participate in the evening meal program and the Life Center also supplements their morning and noon meals.  The evening meal program is open to the public and anyone who is hungry can come here to eat.  Thanks to over 40 churches, synagogues, and temples, over 200 meals are served every evening, from 7-8 p.m.  (Last year the meal program served over 79,000 meals with 11,114 volunteer hours.)  The number of needy individuals participating in the meal program increases every year.  A community shower program is also available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.  Shelter residents receive multiple services, including:

  • Aids Coalition: testing and counseling every first and third Mondays from 6 - 8 pm
  • A.A Meetings:  Thursdays 4-6 pm & Saturdays 12 -  1:30 pm
  • N.A. Meetings:  Sundays 10:30 to 12:30 pm
  • Life Skills classes on Tuesdays from 2-3:30 each week.

The Life Center also hosts two health clinics, one in the spring and one in the fall, that are open to the public.  Nurses from the University of Penn conduct the clinics. 

Wesley Emergency ShelterWesley House Emergency Shelter: Wesley House is located at 701 Madison Street in Chester and contains 17 rooms for families or single women.  It is typically at full capacity of 70 people on any given day and serves an average of 240 individuals (75 households) per year.  Wesley House has a state-of-the-art computer training room for clients to improve their computer skills, search for employment, and secure permanent housing.  Financial literacy (Money Smarts) classes are offered here as well as the Catholic Social Services’ Out of Poverty Program, enrichment classes, nutrition classes, medical assessments through Horizon House, respite care for needy children, toys during the holiday season, and Planned Parenthood classes.

Family Management CenterThe Family Management Center is located at 229 Norris Street in Chester.  It contains 10 rooms for homeless families and serves an average of 45 households (100+ individuals) each year.  FMC offers numerous additional programs including the After School Program, medical assessments through ChesPenn, mental health assessments through Horizon House, toys during the holiday season, play therapy and a karate program for children.


CAADC also offers a Hotel/Motel Program.  This is a voucher program providing temporary shelter in local hotels for homeless families and vulnerable single adults, including victims of fire and domestic abuse, when all shelters are at capacity.

For more information on our emergency shelter programs,
please call or visit our Boothwyn office: 

Boothwyn Office
1414 Meetinghouse Road
Boothwyn, PA 19061. 
Phone: (610) 874-8451