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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 homeless
men, women, and women with children 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

Board

David A. Cagliola, Chairman
John Torres, Vice-Chair
Sam Lufi, Secretary
Shawn Cahill, Treasurer
Jon Agnew
John Brennan
Vicky Cagliola
Sarah Coveney
Sarah Hackman
Mary March
Keith Misner
Phil Peterson
Stephen Porter
Michael Powers
Craig Preschutti
Jose Rivera
Erica Sheldon

Emeritus Board Directors

Rev. Frank L. Lamson

Jim McKeighan

Good Samaritan Shelter Staff

Nate Hoffer, Executive Director
nate@goodsamshelter.org

Ashley Ressler, Case Manager, Ephrata
ashley@goodsamshelter.org

Kathryn Maleney, Grant Writer
kathryn@goodsamshelter.org

Timothy O. Barr, Director of Resident Services, Phoenixville
tim@goodsamshelter.org

Matt McNeil, Resident Advocate, Phoenixville
matt@goodsamshelter.org

Robyn McNeil, Development Assistant
robyn@goodsamshelter.org

Lori Ortenzi, Ephrata Resident Advocate, Ephrata
lori@goodsamshelter.org


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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GOOD SAMARITAN SHELTER
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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