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Individual and Family Supports

At the Dornsife Center we provide services that help residents meet pressing needs around employment, education, health, and food access, working with partners from local and regional non-profit agencies as well as with Drexel schools and colleges who have built service and engagement into their curricula.

COMMUNITY LAWYERING CLINIC

Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law operates the Dornsife Center's Community Lawyering Clinic. Law students address community-wide needs in two settings. First, pro bono clinics provide local residents with legal assistance free of charge, focusing mainly on estate planning (wills, medical directives, and powers of attorney) and criminal record expungement in cooperation with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Next, the community lawyering clinic course takes on legal cases of community interest to address during the law school's regular semesters. Cases and projects have focused on issues like employment discrimination, homeownership "tangled title," and equity in home utility billing.

FREE CLOTHING POP-UP SHOP

Our local partner Our Closet brings a monthly pop-up shop for residents, featuring high quality clothing and accessories for adults and children. Each adult can choose five free items each month.

UCONNECT

UConnect is an information, referral, and follow-up program that helps connect residents to a range of public benefits and resources, including supports around education, employment, health, veterans needs, and more. UConnect navigators offer free of charge and confidential meetings to help participants identify the kinds of benefit programs they are eligible for, and help make those connections.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS HUB

Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions offers the Community Wellness Hub. A set of health promotion programs guided by direct community input, CNHP students work directly with residents to support needs around nutrition, chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and behavioral health.