The St. Mary Family Resource Center (FRC) was established in 1998 to address the needs of a diverse, low-income population in the St. Mary Medical Center community. Located in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the FRC helps with emergency housing, parenting skills, nutrition counseling, ESL, GED, exercise and fitness instruction, transportation, technology services, employment readiness and financial counseling—all free, and under one roof.
St. Mary’s particularly supports uninsured people by re-orienting its services from a strictly curative model to a preventative model and collaborating with numerous partnering agencies. The goals of this unique ministry are to eliminate the roadblocks that keep people in crisis from accessing the services they need, and to strengthen vulnerable families through empowerment, education, and self-direction so that they may achieve and maintain not just good health, but permanent self-sufficiency.
St. Mary is one many members of the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association continuing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, begun over 2,000 years ago in Galilee. This ministry is carried out by hundreds of highly qualified health care professionals and caregivers in award winning hospitals, nursing facilities, hospices, related health care organizations and residences across the Commonwealth.
Catholic health care in Pennsylvania plays a vital role in caring for our citizens, ministering especially to the poor, uninsured and vulnerable. The PCHA and its members give witness to gospel values in public affairs in Pennsylvania.
Over 3 million Pennsylvanians are assisted at Catholic hospitals each year, and hundreds of thousands more are helped at homes for the aged, health care centers, social service centers and other facilities.
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