Originally posted to OUTWORD.Today on 4/18/17
Do you have some spring cleaning to do? Here’s a great excuse to clear out some unneeded belongings for a critical cause!
A donation drive for Morris Home, a historic one-of-a-kind residential recovery program providing affirming and culturally competent services for the trans community, is being held throughout April in collaboration with Womanist Working Collective, a social action & support group for black womyn, transwomen, femmes, gender non-conforming & non-binary folks.
Morris Home is a pioneering force for trans care in Philadelphia and across the nation. The three-story home in Southwest Philadelphia was the first residential treatment center to offer comprehensive services specifically for trans and gender variant individuals when it opened in 2012 and is to this date providing life-saving trans-affirming care, the likes of which, unfortunately, is seldom available elsewhere.
“We [Morris Home] offer short- and long-term rehab in a residential and family-oriented setting,” said Laura Sorensen, program director, to Philadelphia Neighbors last year.
“Morris Home is a place where people can access treatment, feel safe, and have a chance to stabilize.”
Morris Home is always in great need of a variety of items for all genders. ‘Gently used men’s & women’s clothes’, ‘hygiene products/toiletries’, ‘stamps’, and ‘trans-friendly job opportunities’ are among the donations requested by residents of the shelter (see full list below).
Donations can be mailed to PO BOX 5490 Philadelphia, PA 19143-0490.
The Womanist Working Collective is offering to pick up donations within Philadelphia every weekend through the rest of April. Call or text schedule in advanced: (267) 606-0992
If you have donations after April and throughout the year, Morris Home would still love to receive them. You can continue to mail items or call (215) 729-3045 to set up a delivery time with the shelter directly. Donations are very much needed all year long as residents rotate in and out.
Needs as communicated by residents (via Womanist Working Collective’s Facebook note):
• Hygiene products/Toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, bath wash, razors, shaving cream, lotion, etc.)
More about Morris Home…
Morris Home supports trans and gender variant individuals as they develop the knowledge, skills and supports necessary to promote sobriety, manage emotional and behavioral difficulties, choose and maintain safe and healthy lifestyles, and develop healthy relationships with peers, family and the community. Morris Home provides a safe, recovery-oriented environment for individuals in transition from one gender to another, or those with other gender variants who may be coming from “the streets” and/or from shelter programs.
Morris Home is named for Nizah Morris, a transgender woman who was allegedly murdered in Philadelphia in 2002.