Hand2Paw supports young adults in developing tools to deal productively with life’s challenges and take an active role in building a compassionate community in their neighborhood. Hand2Paw provides a safe and supportive work environment for youth, ages 16-24, who are experiencing housing insecurity or foster care involvement, as a means of enhancing resilience, compassion, and connection with people, animals and the community of Philadelphia. Hand2Paw accomplishes these goals by providing paid internships working with homeless animals as well as a curriculum of programming that enhances coping skills, emotional regulation, and healing using animal assisted interventions. Our program focuses on social and work skills, such as: conflict resolution, financial literacy, self-esteem and self-efficacy, and job preparedness. Hand2Paw is the only nonprofit in Philadelphia whose mission is to teach youth practical work skills in a trauma-informed, animal welfare setting.