Saint Samuel Center “Hope for All” Campaign

Thank you for your interest in the Saint Samuel Center and the “Hope for All” Campaign.  Learn how to make your donation by reviewing the “Ways to Give” section below.

About the Saint Samuel Center

Saint Samuel Center Sign Photo - for website

The Saint Samuel Center is the home of three residential programs offered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg – Evergreen House, Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, and Lourdeshouse Maternity Home.  Evergreen House provides a nurturing and therapeutic environment for women recovering from the disease of addiction.  Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families is the only homeless shelter in the Cumberland/Dauphin/Perry County region that keeps families together during a homeless crisis.  Lourdeshouse Maternity Home provides quality services to pregnant women who have nowhere else to turn.


Prior to 2012, each of the three “Homes for Healing” was located in separate facilities.  In May of that year, the homes were moved to the Saint Samuel Center.

 Hope For All Logo

“Hope for All” Campaign

While having each of the Homes for Healing under one roof is advantageous, there are issues with the Saint Samuel Center that need to be addressed.  In particular, there is a lack of handicapped accessible bedrooms, bathrooms, elevators, and ramps.  In addition, the building needs other energy improvements and technology upgrades.  All of these improvements are necessary in order to better serve the needs of the individuals at the Center.


To help meet this challenge, Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Harrisburg have embarked on a fundraising campaign to secure the funding needed to reach our goal of having a fully functional and handicapped accessible facility.  Through the financial generosity of those who support the “Hope for All” Campaign, Catholic Charities will be better positioned to provide help and create hope for those in need at the Saint Samuel Center.


Scope of Work

The proposed renovation and new construction at the Saint Samuel Center includes:


  • Renovating two existing private bedrooms to provide handicapped accessibility
  • Renovating two existing private bathrooms to provide handicapped accessibility
  • Renovating one existing common area powder room to provide handicapped accessibility
  • Moving and renovating the kitchen area to provide handicapped accessibility
  • Renovating the existing dining room
  • Relocating the existing pantry
  • Reconfiguring the existing laundry room
  • Relocating the existing living room, office, and conference room
  • Constructing a new interior ramp
  • Constructing a new exterior ramp
  • Constructing a new elevator
  • Replacing the HVAC system
  • Replacing the building windows
  • Renovating and constructing a new garden space
  • Replacing the building exterior drainage system


Ways to Give


Gifts can be made at any time.  Pledges can be fulfilled in monthly installments for a period of one year.


The following payment methods are accepted:

  • Cash or check (payable to Diocese of Harrisburg)
  • Visa or MasterCard Click here to make your gift via credit online via our secured server.
  • Stocks or securitiesContact Diocese of Harrisburg Development Office 717-657-4804 (ext 245) for more info.


Many companies will also match charitable donations through an employee matching gift program.  Please contact your employer to determine if a matching program is available.


Naming Opportunities

All gifts to the campaign, regardless of amount, are welcome and appreciated.  In addition, naming rights opportunities are available for various pieces of the campaign.  Gifts at this level are opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to the wonderful work being done each day at the Saint Samuel Center.  Naming opportunities also provide donors a chance to honor or memorialize significant individuals.  Please consider a naming contribution in any of the following areas:


Phase 1

Naming Opportunity                      Gift                        Status

ADA Bedroom # 1                            $13,000                Available

ADA Bathroom # 1                           $7,000                  Available

ADA Bedroom # 2                            $13,000                Available

ADA Bathroom # 2                           $7,000                  Available

ADA Powder Room                         $7,000                   CLAIMED

Kitchen                                              $25,000                CLAIMED

Dining Room                                     $10,000                CLAIMED

Pantry                                                $10,000                Available

Laundry Room                                   $5,000                 CLAIMED

Living Room / Play Room              $11,000                 Available

Office                                                  $7,000                 CLAIMED

Conference Room                           $9,000                   CLAIMED

Interior Ramp                                  $13,000                 Available

Exterior Ramp                                 $15,000                 Available


Phase 2

Naming Opportunity                      Gift                        Status

Elevator                                            $350,000              Available


Phase 3

Naming Opportunity                      Gift                        Status

HVAC Replacement                        $78,000                Available

Window Replacement                   $100,000              Available


Phase 4

Naming Opportunity                      Gift                        Status

Friendship Garden                          $75,000                 Available

Drainage Pipe Improvements       $20,000                 Available




Catholic Charities Home Page


Evergreen House


Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families


Lourdeshouse Maternity Home


Diocese of Harrisburg Home Page


For More Information Contact

Christopher Meehan

Catholic Charities Director of Development

4800 Union Deposit Road

Harrisburg, PA  17111

717-657-4804 (ext 284)


Imagine your dream student - someone who is bright, inquisitive, kind to others, and comes to class eager to learn. Well, that is Koffi. He first came to my ESL class in May of 2014. He had only been in the United States for about 6 months at that time.

For many people, those first 6 months can be overwhelming and hectic, but Koffi’s spirit is indomitable. He came to class every night ready to learn and in a short time he found a job. Even after a long day of working hard, Koffi would come into class with a smile on his face. He greeted his fellow students with a smile and was ready to learn.

After being in the country for a little over a year, Koffi decided he would like to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). He took the initiative and researched his options before deciding on the program at HACC.
Koffi continued with his English studies right up to the time his CNA class started at HACC. I was sorry to see him leave, but so happy for him.

In June of this year Koffi graduated from the CNA Program at HACC. We are all so proud of Koffi. He has been such a positive influence on all of us, staff and students alike. It is impossible to look at Koffi’s smiling face and not want to smile right back, he is that full of kindness and hope. I am so glad he was my student and I feel certain that he will do even more amazing things in the future.

- ESL Instructor

Tiffany starts her story by openly stating that the first 39 years of her life were a waste. She spent all of her time drinking, which was her way of coping with the many let downs in her life.

Fearing for her life, a friend convinced Tiffany to check herself into a 30-day detox program. Upon completion she entered the Evergreen House program. While this was not her first choice, Tiffany ended up residing at Evergreen House for seven and one-half months.

Tiffany credits Evergreen’s staff and their patience with her eventual success in the program. Evergreen’s staff understood what she was going through and eventually became like her family. The Evergreen House program provided the structure and support she needed to maintain her sobriety.

Tiffany credits Evergreen House for a second chance at life and she is determined to have a positive impact on others.

- anonymous

Catholic Charities Adoption Services and Specialized Foster Care not only provides foster care and adoption services, but it also helps adoptees and their birth families to connect with one other through Search services. Nearly 50 years ago, Tina was an accomplished athlete who found herself pregnant while pursuing an advanced degree. With housing and supportive services from Catholic Charities, Tina made the difficult decision to place her daughter for adoption. Following the adoption, Tina pursued her career as an athlete, coach, and business administrator. While she was confident that she had made the right decision, Tina constantly thought about the daughter she had placed for adoption and wondered about her well-being. She eventually made attempts to find her daughter through various sources and by updating her online information in the event that her only child might someday want to meet her. After several years, Tina had come to the conclusion that meeting her daughter was just not meant to be.
This past year, Tina’s daughter, Beth, contacted Catholic Charities with a request for information about her birth parents. After talking with Beth and encouraging her to pursue the search, Catholic Charities was able to connect Beth with her birth mother. The two later traveled to meet each other, and Tina was given the opportunity to meet Beth’s husband and daughters. Tina was thrilled to learn that she was a grandmother, but she was most happy to hear that her daughter had loving adoptive parents who had given her a good life. Tina later wrote to Catholic Charities that “I think someone did a lot of praying and the prayers were answered.”

- Anonymous

A native of Puerto Rico, Maria* moved to Harrisburg with the dream of building a bright future for herself and her baby. While working to gain her bearing, Maria was kicked out of the house in which she had been staying, rendering Maria and her son homeless. Maria had very few options, as she had not yet secured a job, childcare, or private housing. In March 2017, Maria and her two year old son were welcomed into the Interfaith Shelter.
Upon entering the Interfaith Shelter, Maria immediately began building the skills needed to obtain self-sufficiency. The first challenge to overcome was Maria’s limited English proficiency. Determined to improve her English, Maria enrolled in ESL classes at the Tri-County Adult Learning Center, and she began practicing her growing language skills with residents and staff at the shelter. Maria also enrolled in a workforce development program offered through the PA Department of Human Services, working to develop marketable skills and gain permanent employment. Although many of the area’s transitional housing programs were completely full and had long wait lists, Maria eagerly applied to the YWCA Transitional Housing program. She knew that, with determination and hard work, she could build a better life for her family.
As she was nearing the end of her stay with the Interfaith Shelter, Maria was accepted into the YWCA Transitional Housing program and was assured that a room would soon be available. In order to keep Maria on the path towards success, the Interfaith Shelter granted Maria an extension until she was able to move into the YWCA. During her stay at Interfaith, Maria successfully obtained childcare, enrolled in a cash assistance program, improved her English proficiency, and began developing employment skills leading to a new job. Maria has served as an inspiration to others at the shelter that any barrier can be overcome.

- Anonymous
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