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Good Samaritan Shelter History

The Good Samaritan Shelter, Inc. is a private non-profit, non-denominational organization that is based on Christian principles. It was developed in 1999 under the guidance of Bishop William H. Washington, Jr., pastor of New Beginnings Church of God. His call for leadership was answered by St. Peter’s United Church of Christ of Chester Springs, the Baptist Church in Phoenixville, and other community supporters.

Together they sought a compassionate response to the needs of people experiencing homelessness who frequently contacted local churches for emergency shelter. We are the primary men's shelter provider in northern Chester County.

In 2010, we expanded our Transitional Housing Program to be able to serve 60% more men.

The Good Samaritan Shelter expanded into Ephrata, Lancaster County with a program for women and children in 2011.

Today, the Good Samaritan Shelter helps approximately 40 residents a day and more than 150 residents annually.

Good Samaritan Shelter Mission

The Good Samaritan Shelter provides safe, comfortable housing for men, women, and women with children experiencing homelessness in the greater Phoenixville and Ephrata areas. GSS also collaborates with local health and social service agencies to help our guests regain stability in their lives and address the issues surrounding their homelessness.

Our work is based on Christian principles and though we gladly accept people of all faiths, we ascribe God’s power to help our residents through their struggles and to allow us to help them as best as we can.

The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us to love our neighbors by taking care of their physical and emotional needs. We believe that God loves the poor and those experiencing homelessness and we strive to serve them by helping them get back on their feet.

Good Samaritan Shelter Board & Staff


David A. Cagliola, Chairman
John Torres, Vice-Chair
Shawn Cahill, Treasurer
Stephen Porter, Secretary
Jon Agnew
John Brennan
Vicky Cagliola
Sarah Coveney
Sarah Hackman
Mary March
Phil Peterson
Michael Powers
Craig Preschutti
Mark Forshaw
Stephanie Vermillion

Ephrata Advisory Committee

Pastor Steve Hollinger
Heather Muncy
Jennifer Baker
Jamie Alwine
Mary Ellen Farber
Cindy Brubaker
Kathy Edwards
Mike Martin

Emeritus Board Directors

Rev. Frank L. Lamson

Jim McKeighan

Good Samaritan Shelter Staff

Nate Hoffer, Executive Director

Ashley Eager, Case Manager, Ephrata

Kathryn Maleney, Grant Writer

Timothy O. Barr, Director of Resident Services, Phoenixville

Richard Baxter, Resident Advocate, Phoenixville

Robyn McNeil, Development Assistant

Lora Brock, Development Assistant, Ephrata

Maria Buck, Resident Advocate, Ephrata

Dennis Coleman, Phoenixville Chaplain

Keith Misner, Nourish Business Manager

Claire Thompson, Administrator

Rachel Walton, Ephrata House Manager

Mandy Principato, Ephrata House Manager

Hannah Graham, Ephrata House Manager

Dale Loveland, Phoenixville House Manager

Brian Jones, Phoenixville House Manager

Moreh White, Phoenixville House Manager

Kirk Gombos, Phoenixville House Manager

Good Samaritan Shelter Finances

The Good Samaritan Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Did you know?

  • It costs approximately only $30 a day to provide housing, case
    management and supportive services, and food to our clients.
  • We work hard to maximize every financial gift we receive.
  • Our finances are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

You can feel confident about your support of the Good Samaritan Shelter.
We invite you to look over our financial information:

MOST RECENT: 990 Filing | Annual Report | Financial Audit

Questions? Contact us to request more information about the financial state of the shelter.

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141 E. High Street | PO Box 551 | Phoenixville, Pennsylvania | 19460T 610-933-9305F 610-917-9815
PO Box 756 | Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522
T 717-733-3395F 610-917-9815

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Good Samaritan Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The official registration and financial information of Good Samaritan Shelter may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State
by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.