welcome-to-st-marys-franciscan-sheltershelter-mission-collaborate-agancies-churchesshelter-supports-residentswe provide coaching to help residents

We provide a safe and peaceful refuge for homeless families.

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We collaborate with local agencies and churches to create supportive programming.

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We support residents as they develop self esteem and self reliance.

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We provide coaching to help residents execute their personal case management plan.

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Welcome to St. Mary’s

A Safe Place Along the Journey Home

Our mission is to create a safe, peaceful, community environment for homeless families. We foster dignity and independence through supportive programming developed with local agencies and ecumenical organizations.

“I call on everyone…to do everything they can to assure that every family has a place to live.”

– Pope Francis

Journeys of Hope and Perseverance

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Ray and his son Ray (JuJu), as he is called by his Dad, came to St. Mary’s in November. Ray’s primary concern was to take care of his son. We were delighted to welcome this single father who from our first meeting was a loving, caring parent who put his son above all else.

Read Their Story

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Ms K was, self admittedly, tired of living on the edge. So one day she went looking for help and ended up in Gaudenzia. At Gaudenzia she received 7 months treatment for her drug habit and after completing the program she came to St Mary’s Shelter to travel down the next leg of her journey, being independent and preparing to live on her own.

Read Her Story

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Sasha was struggling to keep her family together. She lived with the hope that she would regain custody of her daughter, remain able to care for her 2 sons and find a way to support her small family on the monies that she was receiving from her job cleaning houses. The future looked dim, scary and uncertain.

Read Her Story

 

The Work of St. Mary’s

Over 60% of our residents have jobs at departure. Only 18% have jobs when they arrive.

Nearly 40% of our residents find homes. The national average for home placement is 12%.

Of Chester County’s approximately 100 homeless families, we serve over 25%.

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“It is in giving that we receive.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

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