Shelters

We understand that homelessness is a traumatic experience. That's why our Emergency Shelters offer a safe environment with all the essentials of life for individuals in crisis. We have several options to meet people where they are and help them move out of homelessness.

Women's Shelter*

For women or women with children (boys up to age 12)

  • A 30-day shelter for Lancaster County residents
  • The essentials needed to live (shelter, food, showers, toilet­ries, laundry facilities, clothing)
  • One-on-one, on-site counseling and case management
  • Referrals to community services for financial, employment, housing, education, mental health counseling, recovery and health needs
  • Counselor-led recovery groups
  • Christian parenting classes
  • Ongoing invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through devotions, chapel services, group prayer sessions and Biblical counseling

Family Shelter*

For married couples with two or more children, single fathers with children of any age or single moms with boys over age 12

  • A 30-day shelter for Lancaster County families
  • The essentials needed to live (shelter, food, showers, toilet­ries, laundry facilities, clothing)
  • One-on-one, on-site counseling and case management
  • Referrals to community services for financial, employment, housing, education, mental health counseling, recovery and health needs
  • Counselor-led recovery groups
  • Christian parenting classes
  • Ongoing invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through devotions, chapel services, group prayer sessions and Biblical counseling

Men's Shelter

For men who are fully ambulatory and medically able to care for themselves

  • A 10-day shelter for Lancaster County residents
  • The essentials needed to live (shelter, food, showers, toilet­ries, laundry facilities, clothing)
  • Staff who are available to make referrals to other community services
  • Ongoing invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through chapel services

Community Emergency Shelter (CES)

CES is a harm-reduction facility that provides an option for adult men and women seeking temporary shelter only. For CES individuals, we offer:

  • Nightly shelter
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Staff who are available to make referrals to other community services
  • An invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through chapel services

To best accommodate the increase of individuals seeking shelter during winter months, the Water Street Mission partners with the Winter Shelter, a program of the Lancaster County Council of Churches. For referral details, please call the numbers listed below.

NUMBERS TO CALL

We strongly recommend that individuals and families experiencing homelessness call ahead to determine if they are eligible for emergency shelter. If an individual or family is not yet homeless, please call (717) 291-5462 to determine eligibility for financial aid. When checking in, individuals should report to the main entrance of Kuhns Hall (the building pictured above) at the Water Street Mission: 210 South Prince Street, Lancaster.

For women, please call ahead between 8:00am and 5:00pm
(717) 358-2074

For men, please call ahead between 8:00am and 5:00pm
(717) 358-2030

For men or women any other time
(717) 358-2085

For families (assessment and interview is required first), please call ahead between 8:00am and 5:00pm
(717) 358-2074

*Because of the presence of children and teens, the Women's and Family shelters require those clients with a drug or alcohol history to have completed a treatment program before admis­sion.

Water Street Mission
Advancing the kingdom of God by providing rescue and renewal services for homeless individuals in Lancaster County.

Main Office

210 South Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717.393.7709
mission@wsm.org