Our History

In July 2012 both St. Ann Parish and Sacred Heart Parish were suppressed and the New St. Ann Parish was established in Phoenixville.  The newly formed parish sought ways in which they could re-purpose the then virtually vacant Sacred Heart site (including a convent, rectory, church hall and elementary school). Their goal was to "do good and not lose money". 

A group of individuals from St. Ann came together with the desire to find a purpose for these buildings in a way to best support the Phoenixville community. They determined the best way to do so would be to form a non-profit that would seek to listen to the community and fill any gaps or identified needs. The group formed Ann's Heart, a public, non-profit 501c (3) tax-exempt charity organization with a mission to provide a place of welcome and human services for all Phoenixville area people. 

Last December (2015) Father John Newns (St. Ann Parish), a member of the Ann's Heart board, was approached by Deacon Dennis Coleman (St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish), Kris Keller (Orion Communities) and Nate Hoffer (Good Samaritan Shelter) to see if there was something the parish might do to provide a warm place for folks in need of overnight shelter. This was the origin of the Code Blue Overnight Emergency Warming Center that operated seven nights a week from January 18th through April 3rd. In addition to the initial collaborators, this pilot program received support from Phoenixville Hospital, the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, the Borough of Phoenixville, Grace Valley Fellowship, Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairview Village, the Express Church at the YMCA, Phoenixville Savings Bank & Trust, and Phoenixville Area Time Bank.

The Code Blue Overnight Emergency Warming Center was the first such service to be supported by Ann’s Heart in collaboration with other local congregations, organizations and individuals. Having hired an Executive Director, Ann’s Heart will begin to develop the Sacred Heart School and Sacred Heart Church Hall into a Community Center, with an initial focus of improving the operations of the  Code Blue Overnight Emergency Warming Center in the lower-level of the Sacred Heart Church.

What's in a name?

"Who is Ann?" This is the question we are often asked. The name for the organization is a nod to the two parishes that combined (St. Ann and Sacred Heart) in order to honor the community that has supplied it with a location in which it can operate and support the community.