Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Interfaith Shelter For Homeless Families

Homeless families face limited options. Shelters often separate people by age or gender, splitting fathers and mothers and teens. We believe it’s important to keep families together during a crisis. That’s why a group of volunteers, government officials and religious leaders from all faiths started the Interfaith Shelter in 1992.

The Interfaith Shelter is offering help and hope to homeless families in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties. In 2013, we helped nearly 372 families.

Families come feeling scared and alone, each with their own story, but they find the support and strength they need. Our goal is to encourage families and empower them to achieve self-sufficiency.

While at the shelter, case managers help families locate support services, through referrals to more than 50 community organizations and partners. The Interfaith Shelter provides:

  • 30-day emergency shelter
  • Assistance in finding and securing permanent housing
  • Basic needs, such as clothing, food and baby supplies
  • Referrals to other agencies to address the issues such as employment, life skills, mental and physical health, housing and child care
  • Intensive case management services to help clients confront the challenges that lead to homelessness and poverty

What is the cost? 

Services at the Interfaith Shelter are offered at no charge to the client.


A single father and his two pre-teen daughters resided at the Interfaith Shelter after separating from his wife and gaining custody of his daughters. Unfortunately, he lost his job and could not afford his housing expenses.
The family relocated to the Steelton-Highspire to be closer to extended relatives, in the hopes of obtaining employment. Due to a lease violation, they were only allowed to stay for a limited time frame.
With no other options they sought shelter at Interfaith. This father worked diligently to seek employment and accepted a position at a local gas station making minimum wage so that they could save for housing. The family was accepted in the Brethren Housing Association’s Fast Track Program, which provides temporary rental assistance and housing to homeless families who demonstrate self-sufficiency and stable income.
After leaving the shelter, he found permanent employment at a casino in the Pocono’s.

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