The Welcome Church is the worshiping community that grew out The Welcome Center, a place of healing and hospitality founded by The Reverend Violet Cucciniello Little in January of 2007 and hosted by the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion.

In January, 2012, The Welcome Church was officially recognized by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America as a congregation under development serving people in poverty.In addition to Pastors Little (ELCA) and Steinnegal (PCUSA), our volunteer clergy team includes a number of faith leaders from the Episcopal, UCC, and other traditions. All are welcome to be part of this dynamic ministry.


The Welcome Church Blog:

The Well is Seeking Volunteers to Bring Dinners

As The Well begins their second year-round shelter for women, they are seeking volunteers to bring dinners.  The Well, the overnight shelter for women which is a part of The Welcome Church, finishing a year of being open for the whole year, is about to start a second year of year-round opening, on November 1. […]

The Welcome Church Featured in Article About “Welcome To Work” Program

The Well (The Welcome Church) Seeks Volunteers to Help Prepare and Provide Meals

Spring 2018 Needs for The Well (a year-round shelter for single women experiencing homelessness).  The Well (part of the Welcome Church) is in need of volunteers to make and bring meals, on certain evening(s), for the 12 women who are staying at the overnight shelter. Meals should be for 12 people (or if a person/family wants to stay […]

The Welcome Church, Christ’s Presbyterian and West Kensington Ministries

Hospitality and Job-Training Alongside People Experiencing Homelessness The Welcome Church, an ecumenical church without walls and shared Lutheran and Presbyterian ministry, holds Sunday worship on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and meets during the week in a variety of donated Center City spaces. The Welcome Church is also currently working on two new initiatives: The Well […]

The Welcome Church Seeks Donations & Contributions for “THE WELL”

The Welcome Church: A Beloved Community without Walls

The Welcome Church: A Beloved Community without Walls alongside People Experiencing Homelessness Rev. Greg Klimovitz In 2006, Rev. Violet Little was making one of her regular afternoon commutes into the city when she had an encounter that would forever alter the course of her ministry.  She walked into the women’s bathroom of Suburban Station and […]