Mission: The Good Samaritan Shelter is a Christian
ministry that provides transitional housing and supportive services to
homeless men, women and women with children in the communities we serve.
More on Our Mission:
Towards this mission the Good Samaritan
Shelter provides safe, comfortable housing
for homeless men, women and women with
children in the greater Phoenixville and
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
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
History of the Shelter: 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
Together they sought a compassionate
response to the needs of people experiencing homelessness who
frequently contacted local churches for
Our Phoenixville program is one of the few in Chester
County; others are mainly in the western,
central, and southern areas of the county.
We are, therefore, the primary men's shelter
provider in northern Chester County.
In May 2010, we expanded our Transitional
Housing Program to be able to serve 60% more
In April 2011, the Good Samaritan Shelter expanded into
Lancaster County with a program for women and children in Ephrata.
Today, the Good Samaritan Shelter is moving
forward, helping almost 40 residents a day
and over 150 residents annually.
GOOD SAMARITAN SHELTER
141 E. High StreetPO Box 551Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460T 610-933-9305F 610-917-9815
PO Box 756Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522T
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