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.

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Towards this 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.

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 supporters.

Together they sought a compassionate response to the needs of people experiencing homelessness who frequently contacted local churches for emergency shelter.

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 men.

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.
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