Located in the heart of Chester, Pennsylvania, Cityteam Chester serves those in desperate need throughout the Greater Delaware Valley. Dedicated, caring staff and volunteers reach out to those who are in need of a hot meal, safe shelter, and decent clothing. Cityteam Chester also offers recovery programs for individuals seeking to transform their lives from the destruction of drugs and alcohol.
We also connect with low-income families whom are in need of emergency food boxes to help stretch their income at the end of the month. Mothers with infants and young at-risk children, stop by every Wednesday afternoon to receive diapers, formula, and other baby items. You can make a difference by volunteering, donating or financially supporting this special ministry to the poor and homeless.
Kwinn Tucker, City Director
I’m fairly certain that the reason I work here today is because of a 5 year old boy I met at Cityteam back in 1998–this Cityteam branch was a small shelter with rooms for families, and my friends and I had started volunteering there. This little 5 year old boy’s family was staying at the Cityteam shelter. We became friends when a few volunteers and I decided to bring a Christmas tree to liven up the shelter for the holidays. Here, was this little boy, who had been living in a shelter and yet he was completely thrilled by this Christmas tree and having someone to play with him.
It didn’t take much from me to make that little guy happy. To be honest, what I loved most about him was that he picked me. Every time I came back, he would come running, wanting to sit in my lap to read books and show me his toys. He picked me, and I adored him. I always left a little bit happy, slightly sad, and yet anxious to come back again to help in any way that I could.
I continued to volunteer, and throughout my time there, God began to change me. Being down there, volunteering at the shelter, became a part of my life rather than a departure from the norm. Four years later, I transitioned from volunteering into working at Cityteam Chester.
I love what we do here. People’s lives are made better because of this place. People find food, clothes, shelter, recovery from addiction or even a friend–right here at Cityteam. You can plainly see the hope and love found in knowing Jesus through the work we do.
It’s inspiring. What started out for me as an attempt to bring life into my faith, has become so much more. I’ve been a part of wonderful things that have helped people and Jesus has change my own life in ways I never imagined. Just like that 5 year old boy, my time at Cityteam Chester has been more of a gift to me than anything else. Come check us out or maybe even volunteer, I know it will be the same for you, too.
Welcome to the Cityteam Chester Blog! For our first post, we are sharing a few facts that you may not know about us.
1. In 1989, before we even had a kitchen, our first ministry was serving one meal each week to hungry people in Chester. Volunteers at Cityteam Chester prepared and served food to people sitting on milk crates at make-shift tables. Our cafeteria looks a little nicer these days and we now serve over 200 meals prepared in our kitchen every day.
2. Cityteam Chester is supported by over 500 volunteers and serves over 18,000 people each year. Everyone involved in Cityteam Chester has a unique story of how God is using them and changing their lives. Read my story here.
3. Each year, several families get to leave the urban environment of the busy city for a fun-filled week of family camp with Cityteam. What most people don’t know is that our youngest camper was a little boy who was only 1 month old! He will turn 11 years old this summer.
4. Our on-site Nursing Clinic, sponsored by Widener University, provides free primary health care to uninsured or underinsured men, women, and children. Our clinic was featured in Widener’s most recent magazine (page 14).
5. In the early 1900’s long before it became a place for homeless and addicted men to find shelter and recovery, our building was first a Buick dealership. Some time after the dealership had gone, the first floor was a local dance hall. Behind the layers of paint there are hearts surrounding the names of former Chester residents who had pledged their love to each other.
Check back for upcoming posts featuring stories, updates and photos of what’s happening at Cityteam Chester!
Kwinn Tucker, City Director