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.
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.
David A. Cagliola, Chairman
Ephrata Advisory Committee
Pastor Steve Hollinger
Emeritus Board Directors
Rev. Frank L. Lamson
Good Samaritan Shelter Staff
Nate Hoffer, Executive Director
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.