Local mission seeks donations to fix roof, keep doors open to homeless

Justin Udo
December 18, 2018 - 4:00 am
Chosen 300 Ministries' West Philadelphia location is in desperate need of repairs to its dilapidated roof.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A local mission is requesting a big Christmas wish this year, but as a means to continue to help those in need.

Chosen 300 Ministries, an interdenominational mission with locations throughout Philadelphia, provides help to the homeless and less fortunate.

"We distribute over 150,000 meals a year to those in need," said Brian Jenkins, executive director, "but we're not only providing meals, we're doing job training, computer labs. We have expungement services. We also have a barber shop twice a month where they get their hair cut for free so they can look presentable or at least just walk out with some self-esteem."

But Chosen 300's West Philadelphia location is in jeopardy of closing its doors for the winter due to a dilapidated roof.

"On the top of the roof, there are some old skylights from about the 1920s that literally have deteriorated over the years, and have to be ripped out," Jenkins explained. "The roof has to be redone all over again, and we have to tear off the terra-cotta around the sides and refurbish that as well."

Jenkins said the mission is trying to raise $52,000 to fix the roof and continue to service the Mantua community.

"It has to be done," he added. "We don't have any choice at this point. The contractors are actually coming in this week. We've gotten about $17,000 so far in pledges."

As they push forward with their Raise the Roof campaign, Jenkins said they want everyone to know all help is welcome.