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An emergency men’s shelter that provides a safe, clean place to sleep for up to 45 nights. In 2011, your support provided 17,507 bed nights. This includes the 35 bed shelter and extra cots almost nightly in the public dining room. This has been one of the busiest years on record for the Samaritan Care shelter.
New Life Program (NLP)
A long term comprehensive, residential recovery program for men committed to making true change in their lives. The program lasts from 6 months to 2 years. It includes Spiritual Life Development & Bible Study, Addictions recovery, 12-step AA/NA/GA, Cognitive Renewal Classes, as well as GED classes, Medical & Vocational Screening, Group & Individual counseling and internships. It also includes a one month probation/orientation period known as Pre-New Life. 97 men were part of the New Life Program in 2011. Between Pre-NLP and NLP 10,328 bed nights of care were provided.
Non-Residential Problem Gambling Counseling
Men’s & Women’s individual & Group Counseling
Free Meal Ministry
Provides a nutritious lunch to any man, woman or child in need. Doors open to hear the Word at 11am.
Meals are served at the Mission Dining Room at 11th & French, 7 days a week 11:45-1pm and at the San Juan United Methodist Church on Buffalo Road on Erie’s Eastside, Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30pm. An average of 200 hungry men, women & children come for a free meal each day. Between the public meals and feeding those in shelter and in our programs, more than 160,000 free meals were served in 2011.
Family Care Center, 717 French Street, open Tuesdays & Thursday’s from 9-3
Provides emergency groceries and personal care items weekly to families and individuals living in poverty. Spiritual support, counseling and agency referrals are also available. This is one of the fastest growing ministries at the Mission, now providing for an average of 2,000 family visits per month.
Kings Kloset, 1017 French St. Lower Level
Open Mondays & Wednesdays. Provides free clothing and small household items to those in need. Currently the needs of approximately 100 people are met each Monday & Wednesday.
Donation Center, 2064 W.16th Street (just east of Pittsburgh Ave)
Accepting donations of gently used clothing, furniture, and small household items. Items are sorted and either given away to the needy or sold in the Mission’s Thrifty Shopper Stores.
Thrifty Shopper Stores,
Discover hidden treasures. All sales benefit Erie City Mission programs that house the homeless, feed the hungry and rescue the lost right here at home.
Thrifty Shopper Locations:
2064 W. 16th St (just east of Pittsburgh Ave)
10081 Ridge Road, Girard
Lord, we thank you and praise you for your goodness, grace and mercy. We thank you for your blessing and protection upon the Mission. We are truly honored and humbled to serve the poor, hungry and homeless people who come to us for help. Our faith and trust is in you, and we know that all things are possible to those who believe. As you work through us, we will bring your power, glory, and love to the hurting, and their lives will be forever changed. In Jesus name, Amen.