There is a house of hospitality in Akron, Ohio, that is intended to be a haven for all (men) who are in need- the Matthew 25 House;* it was founded by an Orthodox Christian, Joe May. Click on: The Gospel of Necessity
Joe May has urged and challenged Orthodox Christians to create similar ministries in other cities. He also wrote, for In Communion Magazine, The View from Below (click to access)
Here is another such house in San Francisco: Raphael House This house is for homeless families.
In each case, practical considerations require some specialization- men, families. This is the nature of incarnate life in this world.
Sadly, the Eastern Orthodox Foundations, because of Pennsylvania’s stringent regulations, has had to close the doors of its shelter; read the “Dear Friends” letter at this website: EOF Home Page
* The Matthew 25 House is also a part of the Catholic Worker Movement in Akron as well. It is not the first time I have heard of Orthodox Christians taking part in this movement as a vehicle for service to others.
And I wouldn’t be too quick to criticize such a move before hearing out the reasons, which I know for a fact have to do with love, having attended the Orthodox Peace Fellowship’s 2005 North American Conference at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY, where Joe May spoke on “Downward Mobility: Voluntary Simplicity in Christian Life and Witness.”
Click on: Downward Mobility | In Communion