The Good Samaritan Shelter has two main
programs to help provides safe, comfortable housing people in
For homeless men in the greater Phoenixville area, we have our
Phoenixville Location. This location can hold seven residents in
our emergency shelter and an additional fourteen in our
transitional housing program. We also collaborate with local health and social service agencies to help our guests regain stability in their lives and address the issues surrounding their homelessness.
We perform regular fire safety inspections on all our homes. Home
inspections are done every three years and a group of volunteers handles
our repair and maintenance needs.
Emergency Shelter Program:
Our Emergency Shelter is a 7-bed shelter
that welcomes homeless men. Residents are
allowed a 45-day residency. During their
stay, residents are offered three meals per
day and are provided with toiletries,
linens, and towels. During extreme weather
conditions, being either very cold (Code
Blue) or very hot, (Code Red) the Shelter
offers emergency vouchers for a local hotel
if the Emergency Shelter is full.
Admission to the shelter begins with an
intake interview. During the intake process,
the staff collects all pertinent information
and identifies the special needs of the
resident. Using this information, the
shelter staff refers residents to local
agencies that can help with various issues
such as mental health services, substance
abuse counseling or job placement. All
residents are referred to Building Bridges
Human Services for homeless case management.
Residents are also given benefits
information, legal information, and a copy
of the house rules and code of conduct.
The intake process also includes a call to
the local police department to check for any
outstanding arrest warrants. Only men who
have no outstanding warrants are eligible to
reside at the Shelter.
All residents of the Good Samaritan Shelter
are expected to adhere to the house rules
and maintain their sobriety at all times.
Residents are subject to random drug
testing. Evidence of drug or alcohol use is
cause for immediate eviction. Each resident
is also required to help with household
chores and is expected to be respectful of
House managers ensure the safety and
effective operation of the shelter. The
Shelter’s Executive Director offers
counseling and additional case management to
The Transitional Housing Program:
Our transitional housing program comprises
of two sets of two adjacent homes. It can
accommodate up to fourteen men. Residents
are allowed to reside in the home for up to
12 months. This longer-term residency allows
the men to continue to improve their
circumstances and prepare for the move into
Residents who have completed a successful
stay in the Emergency Shelter may be
eligible to reside in the transitional
housing. Residents are required to be
employed and/or have another source of
regular monthly income. Residents who meet
these requirements, have complied with the
house rules, demonstrated sobriety
throughout their stay, and expressed a
desire to continue on to independent living
will be welcomed into our transitional
Transitional Housing Program residents are
expected to function more independently than
Emergency Shelter residents in order to
‘practice’ the life skills needed to live on
their own. Residents are also expected to be
responsible with their rent and upkeep of
their personal space. While in the program,
residents continue to receive case
management counseling services and referrals
to other agencies. Core programs:
Our primary objectives at the Good Samaritan Shelter are to help our residents
find work, save money and move into permanent housing. To accomplish this we
offer 3 core programs: Ready for Work, Building Wealth and Moving Towards
Ready for Work covers the following topics: resume writing, interview skills,
effective job searching, how to be a good employee and much more.
Building Wealth also includes our credit repair program and is an important step
in helping our residents live responsibly. Topics covered include: saving,
investing, insurance and much more. This includes our matched savings
program with National Penn Bank.
Moving Towards Independence covers the following topics: how to understand a
lease, how to be a good tenant, locating affordable housing and much more.
Residents of Phoenixville are connected with the following life-enriching resources:
Mental Health Counseling
Health Care Access
Free access to the YMCA
During their stay, our residents receive the basics of shelter, food, and clothing. We help them deal directly with the reasons they came to us - providing counseling for substance abuse and encouraging participation in support groups and communities of faith.
To help them integrate back into the community and enrich their lives they receive education and training in the following areas:
Good Samaritan Shelter is a proud member of both the Phoenixville Chamber
of Commerce and the Phoenixville Kiwanis Club.
The shelter is also a committee member of the Chester County
Decade to Doorways program. For more information about the program,
Good Samaritan Shelter is also part of the Chester County Initiative to prevent homelessness.
The county provides a wealth of services to its residents, through its Connect Points website.
These include links to Housing Support Specialists, Homeless Prevention Programs, and Permanent
Housing Providers. For more information about the program,
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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