Our Programs


ADROP's Unity Health Clinic

ADROP sponsors a primary care clinic for the uninsured or under insured people living in the South Philadelphia area on the top floor of ADROP's new location (St. Edmond's Rectory). In collaboration with the College of Nursing of Villanova University, Faculty from the University of Pennsylvania Medical College, Volunteer Nurse Practitioners, the Methodists Hospital Foundation, community leaders and Volunteers from all walks of life, ADROP provides medical care for those who, for many reasons, drop through the cracks in services provided by other agencies.  For more information, click the learn more button below

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English As A Second Language Program (ESL)

ADROP's ESL Lab is open Monday - Thursday during office hours (10AM-4PM). We provide six laptops for learners to use the Rosetta Stone Program to learn and improve their English skills in order to obtain jobs, education, and other needs. ADROP's Program Coordinator instructs and oversees these classes which are provided free of charge. Opportunities to volunteer for facilitating growth in a secondary language are available. Proficiency in a language other than English is not necessary.


Law Clinic

The need for individuals to understand their legal rights and responsibilities has been identified. Presently a lawyer is available every first and third Tuesday at our Unity Clinic to meet clients who seek information and guidance in such matters as naturalization, taxes and other immigration issues. Attorneys and law students are needed to provide and expand this service to the participants.




After School Tutoring Program

ADROP sponsors an after-school program at the Augustinian Grammar School of St. Anthony of Padua located in the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in South Philadelphia. Tutoring is held two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with hope of expansion. Volunteers in the after-school tutoring program work with children who need help with homework, studying, and skills which need improvement. ADROP's Assistant Coordinator facilitates the after-school program.



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Art Goes To School

Art Goes To School is a volunteer organization that has operated for 40 years in the Philadelphia region. The program's goal is to help grade school children develop an appreciation of art. ADROP sponsors Art Goes to School for the St. Anthony students.



Musicians in residence come to local schools to expose students to music education once a semester. Students are introduced to music and given lessons on various instruments and well as exploring different historical periods and singing their stories. ADROP sponsors Musicopia for the St. Anthony students.


Ballroom Dancing

ADROP sponsors Ballroom Dancing lessons for the St. Anthony students. Studetns learn dances and compete with other local schools. The St. Anthony studetns placed 1st in a competition in the Fall 2012.


Distance Learning

ADROP sponsors a Distance Learning program for the St. Anthony of Padua school. The program is facilitated by ADROP's Assistant Coordinator who works with the educational organizations to set up programs for teachers. Such organizations have been the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, and NASA.


Adeodatus Prison Ministry

Adeodatus, a name which means "gift of God", was the son of St. Augustine who grew up under rather difficult circumstances before dying at a young age. To remember him, and all young people who are at risk today, Adeodatus Prison Ministry was founded at St. Augustine parish in Philadelphia to foster the awareness of Christ in the lives of those on both sides of the prison walls. The Adeodatus Support Group for Ex inmates and Friends meets every Thursday night from 7:30-9:00 p.m. The first Thursday of the month we meet at the Bevilacqua Center in Kensington, at Kensington and Lehigh Aves. All other Thursdays we meet at St. Rita's Parish rectory at Broad and Ellsworth Sts. (the Broad St. subway stops there). ALL ARE WELCOME. Adeodatus Prison Ministry also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Voices from Prison. Written in the spirit of St. Augustine's Confessions, the newsletter hopes to evoke a link between the spiritual quest of the inmates and that of the readers. To learn more about Adeodatus Prison Ministry, please visit our website.



Sanctuary is an ensemble of musicians and artists in the Catholic and Augustinian spiritual tradition. Fr. Shawn Tracy, Dan Mason and friends have turned the words of sacred scripture into songs, hymns and reflective mantras of haunting beauty and lasting impact. This group finds its home within and beyond the far-reaching influence of Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Visit Sanctuary


Handicapped Encounter Christ (HEC)

Handicapped Encounter Christ is a retreat experience founded to offer people who have physical disabilities an opportunity to come together in community to pray, reflect and celebrate their life with God. It strives to achieve an atmosphere in which all people feel loved and accepted for who they are; to join able-bodied or dys-abled people with people of other faith traditions, races, and walks of life to share life's journey within a supportive and loving community.





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