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Educating and Serving Philadelphia’s Immigrant Community

Wow! What Wonderful Volunteers!

We are so grateful to our inspiring volunteers. Over 40 volunteers donate their time and energy to keep the doors of the Welcome Center open. From teaching English, computers, and citizenship test preparation to building community with our students, these incredible people certainly live out our mission to serve and educate. Each volunteer has a personal movitation for coming to the Welcome Center each week, and plenty of stories about connecting with students and friends. But together, they create an environment of love and acceptance that makes the community at the Welcome Center truly loving and unique. Learn more about our volunteers, students, and staff at Humans of the SSJ Welcome Center


Interested in sharing your time, energy, and skills at the Welcome Center? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get more information. We are accepting applications for summer and next year.

Hard at Work

Our teachers and students are hard at work, while our staff and supporters get ready for Christmas. For the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center, it is always the Season of Giving!

Sister Pat's Class

New Naturalized Citizens

The Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center celebrates their 220th student becoming a United States Citizen with the help and guidance of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center Staff and Volunteers!

Turkey Trot!

Thank you for all your support! Our Annual Turkey Trot was a huge success!

Donated Turkeys ready to go out.

This Year's Trivia Night was our Most Successful Ever!

Thank you to everyone who supported our annual Trivia Night by attending, sponsoring, volunteering or donating. This year was our most successful night since we began hosting Trivia Night. Congratulations to our winners. We hope to see everyone again next year. If you missed it, sign up for our mailing list or add us on Facebook to keep an eye out for upcoming events.

Our Panera Night Fundraiser was a Big Success!

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the SSJ Welcome Center last night at our Panera's Fundraiser! We had a great time, and are so grateful for your love and support.

See more pictures on our Fabook page here!

It's Volunteer Appreciation Day!

The SSJ Welcome Center celebrated our wonderful volunteers on Wednesday, April 22. Our baseball themed party was a real hit! Thanks to all our volunteers who support our mission and share their time, energy, and love with our wonderful community. Our volunteers are a great catch! Check out our Appreciation Video here.


It's our 12th Birthday!

On March 23rd, Welcome Center staff and volunteers celebrated 12 years of serving our dear neighbors in Kensington. Click here to see Sr. Pat's beautiful video commemorating the wonderful work and dedication of our sisters and friends. 



The SSJ Welcome Center celebrates St. Joseph's Day by serving our hungry neighbors in need.

March 19th is St. Joseph's Day, a very special day of our Sisters and friends at the SSJ Welcome Center! We spent the afternoon making sandwiches to share with our hungry neighbors in need in the spirit of unifying love as exemplified by the dedication of St. Joseph.

Click here to check out our video!!


Listen to our SSJ Mission Corps Volunteer's opening prayer here!




“We live and work so that all people may be united with God and one another.”
-Mission Statement, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia