First Shelter for Humans AND Pets

$28,279 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 435 people in 17 months


* Approximately 250 died in Philadelphia last year while experiencing homelessness.
* A portion of these people died from hypothermia.
* Of those who died from hypothermia, many were homeless with their pets.
* There are no shelters in Philadelphia that house people and their pets.
*Over the course of operating shelters in churches for 6 years, SREHUP (Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia) has had to turn away countless individuals who are seeking shelter with their pets.


*SREHUP is opening the FIRST shelter for people and their pets (ALL pets/All Breeds) in Philadelphia.
*We are partnering with local pet shelters, which are providing crates, dog supplies, dog food, veterinarian care, and dog groomers and walkers for our shelter. Morris Animal Refuge is our biggest pet care partner.
* This shelter will be innovative, revolutionary, and life saving.


*SREHUP is a shelter initiative that has successfully operated 3 homeless shelters in Philadelphia. We have over 7 years of experience doing this vital work. And we have helped move hundreds of our vulnerable neighbors from street to housing.
*We are different from most shelters because we are not a drop in shelter, and our guests aren't transient.
*The same guests stay with us all winter while we link them to social workers and services they need to get back on their feet.
*This is not a band-aid, it's real and lasting help that changes lives.

*Please donate today, be a part of this groundbreaking project, and help us save the lives of our vulnerable neighbors and their pets.

Thank you for your support!

To learn more about the SREHUP shelters, please visit our facebook page:

The excitement over our revolution of love is building!
Here's some recent stories about it in the news:




Here's the TED Talk about the SREHUP Revolution:

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We are making huge progress!
Our application for land was approved by the land bank, a resolution about our work was drafted and read to City Council, Councilan Allan Domb made a personal investment to help us secure funding for our first model home. (Thank you Councilman Domb for your generosity!) And as we work to get our first model home up in the spring, we are moving forward with our first village of tiny homes for our neighbors and their pets experiencing homelessness.
Each village will have multiple tiny homes and a community center for shared meals and holistic services designed to get people back on their feet.

After one year residence at our village and graduation from our first village, our clients will receive move in assistance and shallow rent subsidies, as well as continued access to our services, as they gain independence and success in their new homes.

Read about our recent progress in the Plan Philly article that is going viral:

Thank you all for being on our team!
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to our project this holiday season. Your support helps us care for our vulnerable neighbors and pets and get them back on their feet!
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Dear SREHUP Community Members,
Thank you so much for your generous donation to our revolutionary project! Whether you have donated $5 or $5000, each one of you is a valuable member of our team, and we could not be doing this vital work without you.
Here is an update about what we've been up to:
Last time you heard from us, SREHUP had a building under contract. It seemed like the perfect fit for us - there was enough space for over 100 people to have their own bedrooms with their pets, a perfect spot for a gym, room for a rooftop garden, and office space for our partners. There was room to grow and we were ecstatic thinking about the potential.

Unfortunately, there were a lot of unexpected obstacles in obtaining this building. While we planned to be an epicenter for community gathering and positivity, we were ultimately met with zoning issues that could not be overcome. There was considerable resistance. We eventually had no choice but to leave the dream building behind, and we were devastated.

It felt as though all the hours, the energy, the hopes and dreams we poured in to this building would be lost.

But nothing is ever truly lost. SREHUP is so much more than a building; SREHUP is a movement, and it has a momentum and an energy that cannot be destroyed.

We dusted ourselves off and got back into the race having learned so much from this setback. We recognized where we needed to grow, what we needed to learn, and how we needed to adapt. We came out of the experience stronger, smarter, and more effective as an organization.

Now, we are currently investigating several alternative options. We are exploring the city for new buildings to inhabit, and we are considering exciting alternative options as well.

One of these exciting and inspiring ideas we are investigating is purchasing a plot of land and building a village of tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness, and we have already identified a plot of land that would be perfect for this. The land we are investigating has enough space for a community center that will serve as a hub for meals, activities, and workshops. We will also have a large garden and animal run space on the land.

To investigate this new option, our founder, Stephanie Sena, ventured to Oregon, where she went on a tour of a village of tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness. On this trip she listened and learned, and now we are equipped with all their best ideas to implement in our potential Philadelphia operation.

This idea is so appealing to us because it is progressive, innovative, and forward thinking. It nurtures the environment, along with our souls. It speaks to the inter-connectivity of us to each other and to nature.

The best part? It will bring us together as a community when we all don hard hats and work together building houses. We will create a work of beauty, we will all take responsibility for this village, and for each other. And it will be an adventure.

What do you all think of this exciting initiative? We'd love to hear from you!

Thank you for being part of our community. This is the best of us. And we can't wait to work with you!

Below is a picture of part of the SREHUP build team on location at our dream space.

To keep up to date with SREHUP progress and volunteer opportunities, please subscribe to our newsletter here:

And here is our latest edition newsletter:
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Generous people and dreamers of a better world,
Thank you so much for your kind donation to our shelter!
Just a quick update to thank you so much for your support!
And to let you know we are a 501c3, so your donation is completely tax deductible.
You will be receiving a tax receipt soon, but so that you have it for your records- our tax ID is ‭(452) 525-646‬, and our name is SREHUP (Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia).
Thank you for generous donation- every dollar helps.
Your donation is going the building purchase and operation of our new pet friendly shelter- which we plan to open very soon!
We are currently running a shelter out of a church basement, and you’re welcome to come break bread with us one night!

Please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/SREHUP for updates. This weekend we will be posting updates from Brown University in Rhode Island. The SREHUP board and volunteers are traveling there today for a summit on ending homelessness. This is a movement- not confined to Philadelphia. We are spreading our ideas throughout the country!

PLEASE share this page and help raise needed funds!
Thank you for believing in this shelter, and the good we can do when we come together.
We won’t let our neighbors- on two legs and four - die on the streets. We will wrap our arms around each other and get our neighbors back on their feet and paws. With your help. Xo.
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Thank you so much for your support!
We have identified our dream building and are accumulating the funds to purchase it. We are hoping to make the purchase in February, and move in ASAP.
The need is urgent, and growing.
So please spread the word to everyone in your network!

Here are our exciting updates!
We are currently accumulating support from large partners: Pepper-Hamilton LLP provides all our pro-bono legal support, Morris Animal Refuge is providing our pet-care, Penn and PCOM are providing our medical care. Project HOME does our intake.
We have support from members of city council, Derrick Ford at Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health, and Ramon Cruz at Prevention Point.
SREHUP is strong and successful because of our partnerships throughout the city. These collaborations include (but are not limited to) a partnership with R and B Farms INC, which is building our rooftop garden, installing solar panels, creating a plan for sustainability and green practices, and leading workshops, classes, and job training for our the guests at our shelter.
We are also partnering with Charge Performance and Wellness which offers regular free fitness training workouts and wellness education classes at our shelter.
SREHUP is not a bandaid. It’s a holistic approach designed to get people back on their feet. And we are more than a shelter. We are a movement.

The SREHUP board just returned from a trip to San Francisco where we and our partners at Morris Animal Refuge visited California's pet-friendly homeless shelter so we could learn best practices and put them to use in Philly.
While we were in California we also went to Homeboy Industries, and met with founder Father Greg Boyle. This experience was inspirational and we are borrowing many of their ideas on job training!

This project is innovative and overdue. We are humbled by the outpouring of support from the city.
Thank you for joining our team, and being part of this movement. Together we are creating a stronger, more compassionate, and just city.
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