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 June Drive-Thru Community Dinner Sponsored by Marquette Savings Bank! ☀️

June 20th from 3pm – 6pm at 779 North Main Street, Meadville

Kick off your summer with our June Drive-Thru Dinner featuring a delicious sausage sandwich and sides.

St. James Haven Location

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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Thank you to, Blue Canopy Marketing, for your support of our Annual Sound Off for St. James Haven Fundraising Event as a Diamond level sponsor!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here for more information: stjameshaven.org/sponsorship/
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Thank you to, Blue Canopy Marketing, for your support of our Annual Sound Off for St. James Haven Fundraising Event as a Diamond level sponsor!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here for more information: https://stjameshaven.org/sponsorship/

‼️‼️‼️ATTENTION ‼️‼️‼️

St. James Haven will be undergoing a kitchen remodel to help make our community dinners run even smoother. This will begin within the next four weeks. With that being said, we have a lot of dishes and pans that have been left behind when delivering the delicious meals we receive. I’m posting pictures below. If anything looks familiar please contact the Haven at 814.337.6082 to arrange for pickup. Once construction begins, we will be donating what has not been claimed to our guests who are moving into their new places. Thank you for understanding and please share this post.
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‼️‼️‼️ATTENTION ‼️‼️‼️

St. James Haven will be undergoing a kitchen remodel to help make our community dinners run even smoother. This will begin within the next four weeks. With that being said, we have a lot of dishes and pans that have been left behind when delivering the delicious meals we receive. I’m posting pictures below. If anything looks familiar please contact the Haven at 814.337.6082 to arrange for pickup. Once construction begins, we will be donating what has not been claimed to our guests who are moving into their new places. Thank you for understanding and please share this post.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Could be a good art project lol!

Maybe if they are not claimed by a certain time, people could borrow them and keep filling them up for you. Rotating pans 🥰!! I would be in. Project replenish or something catchy!

I sure could use them to Cook on

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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.