Shelters

We understand that homelessness is a traumatic experience. That's why our emergency shelters offer a safe environment for individuals, from Lancaster County, who are in need of safe and stable environment. Below is an overview of services to help them move out of homelessness.

Women's Shelter*

For individual women and mothers with their children (boys up to age 12).

This is a shelter for women and women with children who need a safe place to stay for up to 30 days. They will be provided shelter, food, showers, toiletries, laundry facilities and an allotment of clothing. In addition to primary needs being a means of transitional support, Water Street provides the following faith-based programs:

  • Counseling and case management
  • Referrals to community services for financial, job, and housing needs.
  • Recovery groups and parenting classes
  • Devotions, chapel services and group prayer sessions
  • Free dental care at Water Street Health Services
  • Free medical and behavioral health support

Men's Shelter

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

This is a shelter for men who need a safe and stable place to stay for up to 30 days. They will be provided shelter, food, showers, toiletries, laundry facilities and an allotment of clothing. In addition to primary needs being a means of transitional support, Water Street provides the following faith-based programs:

  • Counseling and case management
  • Referrals to community services for financial, job, and housing needs.
  • Recovery groups and parenting classes
  • Devotions, chapel services and group prayer sessions
  • Free dental care at Water Street Health Services
  • Free medical and behavioral health support

Community Emergency Shelter

The Community Emergency Shelter is a harm-reduction facility that provides an option for adult men and women seeking short-term shelter during all four seasons of the year. For those individuals needing emergency shelter Water Street provides nightly shelter, breakfast and dinner and direct access to trained Staff available to make referrals to other community services. Weekly chapel services are open to the homeless community in Lancaster County where men and women are invited into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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.

*Because of the presence of children and teens, the Women's shelter requires those clients with a drug or alcohol history to have completed a treatment program prior to admission.

The Mission
To advance the kingdom by providing rescue and renewal for homeless men, women and children in Lancaster County.

Main Office

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