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Stabilizing Lives

Emergency Sheltering

Emergency Sheltering

Families and individuals in immediate need of shelter can find a safe shelter and welcoming staffat St. Mary’s Community Services. We understand that everyone has unique needs, so we provide a variety of options for those needing emergency and temporary shelter services with lodges for men, women and families. These are low-barrier shelters that enable individuals to have a place to sleep while being treated with dignity and respect.

Congregate shelters do not work for everyone. The new Navigation Center (opening soon) will provide semi-private dormitory-style rooms, and our Pathways community (opening in 2024) will offer modular bedroom units with private bedrooms in which individuals and their partners can bring personal belongings and pets.

Our mission is to provide daily essential provisions–shelter, food, clothing, showers–in addition to case management and behavioral health services that will enhance their well-being and open opportunities for long-term housing stability.

Learn more about our housing services.

Emergency and Temporary Shelters

In September 2023, St. Mary’s began operating on-campus shelters that provide 300 beds for men, women and families. These low-barrier shelters are an entryway to the array of resources and services St. Mary’s provides that can lead guests to permanent housing.

A new Navigation Center, which will open in 2024, will add additional beds and expand opportunities to provide supportive wrap-around services and pathways to housing.

Pathways Modular Unit Community

An alternative to congregate shelters, this exciting new temporary housing project will provide safe, private individual and shared bedroom units that will accommodate partners and pets. 



In 2022, St. Mary’s Community Services launched an exciting new project that will provide guests with a safe and secure transitional housing option. The units will accommodate guests with special needs, including those recovering from injury or illness, as well as those who have health issues that can be prevented if their needs are addressed proactively. These individual units will also overcome the main barriers for people to access shelter: pets, property, partners and privacy. Guests will have a key to their own room, an interim stay for people to get stable while we help them transition to permanent housing that meets their needs.