St. James Haven – Temporary Shelter for Men 

Welcome to St. James Haven

Restoring Hope and Offering Dignity to Men in Need

St. James Haven — Responding to a Need

St. James Haven in Meadville, PA is an outreach ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. In keeping with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania’s mission of “unity of neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God without distinction”, St. James Haven provides a place of welcome, refuge, food and comfort for homeless men each night.

Join us for St. James Haven’s July Drive-Thru Dinner sponsored by Armstrong! 🌞
Date: July 18th
Time: 3-6 PM
Location: St. James Haven, 779 North Main Street, Meadville
This July, dive into the heart of summer with a mouth-watering meal of pulled pork, slaw, and chips. It’s the perfect combination to savor the season!

Cost: Your meal is available for a donation amount of your choice. Your generous contributions empower us to keep making a difference in our community.

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St. James Haven

  • Accommodates up to 14 men each night.
  • Provides a clean, dry shelter and comfortable bed.
  • Offers a nutritious meal each evening, provided by local donors.
  • Works closely with local police, housing and mental health agencies.
  • Is staffed by two resident managers.
  • Is open 365 days/year from 6pm—8am.
  • Is financially supported primarily by public and private donations.

Generous Community Support has been the key to continuing our Mission.

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Our Mission

In keeping with the Sisters of St Joseph mission, “Unity of neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God without distinction,” St. James Haven, established by the Associates, provides a place of welcome, nightly refuge, food, and comfort for homeless men in the Meadville, PA area.

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Another successful community dinner! There are some key businesses to thank:

Armstrong for sponsoring our dinner and all of their employees who joined us in serving our community. ❤️

Valesky's Supermarket for the amazing discount on the pork!

@DiSantis Janitorial Supplies for the generous discount on supplies.

Millers Farm and Market for the delicious buns!

And of course, those on our board who helped serve and make the day a success.

We look forward to serving our community again next month on Thursday August 15th from 3-6. We will be making homemade meatball subs, a side salad, fresh watermelon, and a sweet treat. 😋😋
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Another successful community dinner!  There are some key businesses to thank:

Armstrong for sponsoring our dinner and all of their employees who joined us in serving our community. ❤️

Valeskys Supermarket for the amazing discount on the pork!

@DiSantis Janitorial Supplies for the generous discount on supplies. 

Millers Farm and Market for the delicious buns!

And of course, those on our board who helped serve and make the day a success. 

We look forward to serving our community again next month on Thursday August 15th from 3-6. We will be making homemade meatball subs, a side salad, fresh watermelon, and a sweet treat. 😋😋

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It was great and the dinner was really good!! Thank you Armstrong Cable for your support!

The dinner was delicious! I didn't miss a bite! 😁

Always so good!

Today’s the day! Our Third Thursday Community Dinner. We are having pulled pork sandwiches, Mac n cheese, Cole slaw and a sweet treat 😊

Here’s a pic of the meat being smoked 😋

Join us today between 3-6 PM at 779 North Main Street. Simply pull in our driveway, let us know how many dinners you’d like and we will bring the right out.

Dinners are for a donation if you are able. If not, still come! We want everyone to be able to enjoy the dinner!!

Thank you to our sponsor Armstrong who are such an amazing support to our mission.
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Today’s the day!  Our Third Thursday Community Dinner. We are having pulled pork sandwiches, Mac n cheese, Cole slaw and a sweet treat 😊

Here’s a pic of the meat being smoked 😋

Join us today between 3-6 PM at 779 North Main Street.  Simply pull in our driveway, let us know how many dinners you’d like and we will bring the right out. 

Dinners are for a donation if you are able.  If not, still come!  We want everyone to be able to enjoy the dinner!!

Thank you to our sponsor Armstrong who are such an amazing support to our mission.

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Yum! Looks delish and I am sure it will be! ❤

Thank you Heather Clancy-Young for a wonderful dinner!!

Steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, Mac salad, baked beans, garlic bread and apple pie with whipped topping.

We marinated the steaks and they were delicious!!
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Thank you Heather Clancy-Young for a wonderful dinner!!

Steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, Mac salad, baked beans, garlic bread and apple pie with whipped topping. 

We marinated the steaks and they were delicious!!Image attachment

2 CommentsComment on Facebook

Perfect summer meal!

That's awesome that you only have 6 guests at the moment!

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We Believe that We can Best Serve With Your Help

Help us continue to provide our guests with love, respect, and kindness as they get back on their feet. Find out how you can help with a donation or as a volunteer.

Hear What Our Guests Have to Say…

I had it all at one time. A wonderful wife, great job, and friends - we had a lot of fun together. We camped, went for car rides, and lived life together. My life changed instantly when I lost my wife, granddaughter, and mother in a 21-day period. I spiraled into depression and began drinking. I lost everything to alcohol. Instead of paying bills, I paid for alcohol. On the verge of discontent and homelessness, I found St. James Haven. They welcomed me with warm, open arms. They've given me a roof over my head, food, and clean clothes. The staff and everyone are great. They helped me get my life back together again.
Larry
When I had lost it all - my career, money, home and found myself completely out of hope - St. James Haven was there. It isn't just a shelter; it is a springboard to a real second chance at life. They have a staff who truly cares about their guests and fosters independence, discipline, and overall individual growth. I would not be where I am today without St. James Haven, and owe my second chance at a bright future with a professional career to the people who make St. James possible. They helped me find hope, as well as myself, again.
Frank
St. James Haven saved my life. They provided delicious food every night, washed my clothes, and helped me get connected with other agencies to find housing.This taught me structure and I learned how to take care of things. They made me feel like someone does care about me. I was allowed to stay until I felt I could successfully live on my own. I have two daughters that I hope to have move back in with me so we can be a happy family again.
Todd

St. James and the Scallop Shell

Having been a fisherman and having taken the road that helped him discover his spirit, the scallop shell is the symbol of St. James and it relates to two layers of the human condition; the physical and the spiritual. St. James was an ordinary pilgrim like the rest of us. He walked a long difficult road with Jesus; he was imprisoned by his raging emotions, and he went through metaphoric fires to free himself and discover the vastness of his spirit. He learned how to live an authentic, peaceful life and he shared his personal lessons with others.

Source: http://www.theroadtosantiago.com

Financial Contribution

You can easily donate using our secure online form. If you prefer to donate by mail please make your check payable to St. James Haven and send it to

St. James Haven
P.O. Box 15
Meadville, PA 16335

If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 814-337-6082.

Meal Donation

At St. James Haven, we provide a nutritious meal for our guests each evening. This is made possible by generous donors within our community. If you would like to donate a meal, please use the easy to access calendar below to schedule a day that is convenient for you. We ask that meals are able feed up 16 men as we can accommodate 14 men and our guest count fluctuates daily.  This can be a joint effort with friends, church family, life groups, or co-workers. You may prepare a home cooked meal or purchase a meal from one of our amazing local restaurants. Drop off time is between 5pm and 6pm on your scheduled day. If you have any questions regarding meal prep or drop off, please email Samantha at Samantha.stump@ssjerie.org.

Volunteer & Inspire

We regularly need volunteers to help maintain the Haven.

  • Serving nightly meals.
  • Helping with our Third Thursday “Drive-Thru” Community Dinners.
  • Cleaning
  • Yardwork – mowing, weeding
  • Answering Phones

If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 814-337-6082.

Personal Care Items

Our guests come to us with very little. If you would like to help provide personal care and household items, please see our suggested items below. You can also download a printable shopping list.

At this time we are not accepting any clothing donations due to storage constraints.

St. James Haven does accept new unused socks and underwear.