What is Emmanuel?
Emmanuel Ministry exists to serve marginalized populations in Center City – particularly individuals experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. We gather every Saturday as a community to prepare and eat a fresh and healthy lunch together. This is followed by a movie and a time of fellowship.
We believe that because God has come to dwell with us and the world in Jesus, so too we, as a church community, are called to dwell in and serve the holistic needs of the world.
information for volunteers
9:30AM - 2:30PM
We are located at Liberti Church (1636 Sansom Street), where there are a set of red doors and someone will buzz you in.
Free parking is available at 17th St. and Ludlow, under Liberty Place. (We will give you a parking validation.)
We have four shifts; volunteers are welcome to serve for any or all of them. (Don't worry if you can only make part of the day!)
(1) Set up / food prep - starts at 9:30 am,
(2) Serving - starts at 11:30am,
(3) Kitchen clean up - starts at 12:00 noon,
(4) Room breakdown - starts at 1:00 pm.
Since September 2016, Emmanuel has partnered with Bethesda Project, a homeless services organization, to provide on-the-ground services to guests at Emmanuel. This has allowed us to broaden our engagement with chronically homeless individuals on a weekly basis while they enjoy a homemade meal and movie in a safe environment.
Emmanuel now accepts toiletry donations all year long. Our team then identifies individuals who have the most need and distributes them during our Saturday meal.
Penn Dental & Podiatry
A group of dental and podiatry students comes to Emmanuel twice each month to promote good hygiene as well as give out free supplies and reference individuals to treatment.
A pastor or deacon is always at Emmanuel to offer spiritual guidance and care. This can be for anyone - guests or volunteers.