How many homeless in Philadelphia

It is very difficult to accurately determine how many people are homeless. It is estimated that there are approximately 4,000 persons who are homeless on any given day in Philadelphia. This includes only those who are in shelters or on the streets. It does not include those who are in transitional housing, low-demand residences, or in substandard/unfit living conditions.

In 2005, the City’s Office of Emergency Shelter and Services served 14,986 homeless people (including both single adults and family members) through its emergency shelter system. Of this number, 9,468 were adults without children, 2,011 were heads of households, and 3,507 were children.

Approximately 20 percent of the single individuals and 13 percent of the families were “chronically homeless” (homeless for one year or longer or four episodes of homelessness in three years).

This information was taken from the website of Project H.O.M.E.

There are great people out there

What moves people to do great things? One may never know the answer to that question, however Tommy Evans and the people at Alabama Whole Socks (AWS) sure do a lot of great things!

Recently AWS sent The Joy of Sox many pallets of socks.  We are extremely grateful!

Our volunteers will now package them up and soon deliver them to a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen and an Interfaith Hospitality site.

As Bert and John Jacobs, founders of a tee-shirt company, say, “Life is Good.”

Thank you for your donations

You know who you are.  And we thank you.  Please know that your donations will be put to good work.

With you donations The Joy of Sox is already starting a collaboration with a homeless shelter in Philadelphia.

So the flowers and smiles are for you!

The Joy of Sox mascot

Leslie Birch said we need a mascot and it should be a sock puppet! Joy The Sock Puppet
Leslie Birch said we need a mascot and it should be a sock puppet!

The Joy of Sox has a new mascot.  And the mascot needs a name.  He or she will be incorporated into the header of the website and may even get an opportunity to go on a tee shirt, hat or pin!

The mascot is really excited about this, but sadly, does not have a name yet.

What suggestions do you have?

There are thousands of places to reach out to others


The homeless are in dire need of socks. The Joy of Sox - socks for the homeless.
The homeless are in dire need of socks. The Joy of Sox - socks for the homeless.

If you are fortunate to have some discretionary income in these interesting economic times I am sure you already have a favorite charity or two that you donate to.  Perhaps when you get the unsolicited phone calls in the evening or those unsolicited requests in the mail you do the same thing – hang up or throw it away.  And that is simple enough to do here – simply close out your web browser.

But if for some reason you want to know more, or even want to help please

What is a pair of socks worth – how about a big hug!

Handing out socks to the homeless is so much better than handing out loose change.
Handing out socks to the homeless is so much better than handing out loose change.

A few years ago, Tom Costello Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person, and his wife were volunteering at a soup kitchen in Philadelphia.  Here is the story Tom tells about that day that lead to the formation of  The Joy of Sox®with the mission of simply providing socks for the homeless.

I was really homelessphobic to the point that I would cross the street to avoid facing a homeless person.  I even didn’t want to go into the City for fear that I might come across someone homeless.

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