Strengthening and Empowering Lives and Futures (SELF)
Nearly three decades ago, Dr. Sylvester Outley founded SELF to deliver drug and alcohol counseling services in the City of Philadelphia shelters. Our initiatives helped establish Philadelphia’s emergency housing system and programming for the homeless behaviorally challenged and substance dependent populations. Today, we continue to be at the forefront of its innovation. Our mission is to motivate, empower, and inspire individuals to live their best lives. With compassion at its core, our approach uses best practices and evidence-based programming to pave the way for personal and community transformation.
We strongly believe that every participant has the right to safe, affordable, permanent housing; earn a livable wage; be connected to family; be connected to community; and achieve successful independent living through personal development and transformation.We also believe that by addressing social determinants of health we can improve outcomes and reduce homelessness, substance abuse, and incarceration. As part of our holistic approach to social change, SELF is unswerving in its work to eradicate homelessness in Philadelphia and serve as a national model for innovative programming that prevents homelessness, supports recovery from substance addiction, and assists those experiencing or on the verge of experiencing homelessness.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's About Us page.
In The News
- COVID-19: How SELF Inc. has Continued to Serve Those Without Housing, Philadelphia Neighborhoods, August 10, 2020.