about us

Help us serve families in need.

Your generous prayers and donations strengthen St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter’s ability to continue to serve our resident families.

For example, your donation will help us complete the new transitional apartments and make them ready for waiting families to move into.

photo of a smiling young girl
photo of a mother and an infant

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations help us provide for the needs of our residents and support our shelter programs. We welcome your contributions by mail, in person, or online.

Checks can be mailed to:

St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter
209 Emmett Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Donations are also accepted online through Network for Good, Venmo or Paypal. Please click on one of the buttons below to donate to St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter online.


Donate with Venmo

donate using network for good

Our Needs

While many of our day-to-day needs are met by our partner organizations and churches in our area, the Shelter has an ongoing need for the following items:

  • Body wash
  • Laundry detergent
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Febreze air freshener
  • Juice boxes and Snack bags
  • Stamps
  • Hair Products for ethnic hair types
  • Bedroom slipper (children and women’s – all sizes)
  • Gift Cards (Staples, Lowes, Home Depot, BJ’s) to help defray our expenses

Wish List

In addition to the need for supplies to support our day-to-day operation, the shelter seeks financial support in funding a number of larger projects, including:

  • Gift Cards for Resident Needs (Target, Wawa for Gasoline, Dollar Tree, Giant, Walmart, Rite Aid and CVS)
  • Financial Support for Needed Repairs
  • Consider Corporate Matching Gifts
  • United Way Donor Option Funds #9208

New Transitional Apartment Needs

Below is a list of items St. Mary’s Shelter needs in order to complete the furnishings for our New Transitional Apartments. Your help in this endeavor is appreciated greatly!

  • Swiffers or dry dust mops
  • Swiffer Wet-Jet (4)
  • Floor lamps (3)
  • Table Lamps
  • Standard size bed pillows
  • Ice cream scoops (4)
  • Dish clothes
  • Dish towels (4 sets)
  • Eureka Airspeed Ultra-Lightweight Compact bagless upright vacuum cleaner.



As required by the Pennsylvania Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purpose Act, a copy of the official registration and financial information for St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter for Homeless Families may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania (800-732-0999). Registration does not imply endorsement.