Formerly known as Travelers Aid

Families Forward Philadelphia assists homeless families and travelers in Philadelphia.

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This statement is to announce the departure of Gloria Guard as Executive Director of Families Forward Philadelphia (FFP).

Gloria served for two and a half years and is leaving to pursue other interests. FFP’s Board of Directors, staff, clients, and constituents would like to acknowledge the organization’s great strides forward under Gloria’s leadership. Gloria joined FFP in 2011 amidst a period of organizational transition, under a short-term engagement to get the agency onto sound footing. Gloria seized the opportunity, immediately taking steps to stabilize operations and to enhance FFP’s profile outside our doors.

Most notably, she spearheaded our rebranding from Traveler’s Aid to Families Forward Philadelphia, a move that more clearly reflects the work we do and the people we serve. Under Gloria’s leadership the agency significantly increased private and individual giving and helped drive continued growth of our annual fundraiser.

Finally, Gloria expanded our existing programs and services to families in need, while also charting a path forward for organizational growth in the coming years. With a strong foundation in place, FFP looks forward to continuing along a positive trajectory, and identifying a new leader to build on Gloria's legacy.

We would like to thank Gloria for her leadership and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.


We operate the city’s largest privately run shelter for homeless families as well as 75 transitional and permanent family residential units in West Philadelphia.
Our mission is to help homeless families become healthy, productive, and self-reliant. We do this by working closely with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, intensive case management, and academic enrichment services for the children and young people that we serve. Our aim is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by enriching the lives of children and supporting their parents’ efforts at self sufficiency.

We also operate a passenger assistance booth at the central concourse of
30th Street Station which provides travel and visitor information to over 1,700
Amtrak, SEPTA, and regional bus passengers annually.



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