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Shelter Services

When people are facing immediate crisis and in need of help, they will find open arms at LifePath Christian Ministries. Those experiencing hunger and homelessness will find that hope lives here.  

By meeting their most basic needs, not tied to any expectation, those experiencing their worst day can find radical hospitality that welcomes them right where they are — in an atmosphere that reflects God’s love and grace. 

Those who want to embark on their journey of hope and seek true life transformation will be guided by one of our case managers, who will connect them to healthcare resources, addiction and recovery services, and help create a plan for employment, housing, and more. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or poverty, you are welcome at LifePath.  

LifePath Christian Ministries has two locations to offer shelter services — a Men’s Shelter at 367 W. Market St. and a Women and Children’s Shelter at 17 Jefferson Ave.  

LifePath Christian Ministries opened the doors to a Flex Space Shelter at 363 West Market Street in downtown York, PA. Located immediately adjacent to LifePath’s main campus and the Men’s Shelter at 367 West Market Street, this Family Shelter fills a gap in services for families in need of temporary shelter in the York area. The shelter provides space for men with children, couples or any family unit to remain together. Individuals needing shelter can call 717-845-7662.

 “Our priority is providing people with dignity during a time of transition. To be able to stay together as a family unit and remove the stress of being separated,” says Patrick Ball, Interim CEO at LifePath.

Thank you to The Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation, the Powder Mill Foundation, the J. William Warehime Foundation, WellSpan Health Foundation and members of the local community for your generous donations that made this possible for families in need.

If you are a man seeking emergency services, please call 717-845-7662 ext. 1214.

If you are a woman seeking emergency services, please call 717-845-5947.

Food Services

A hot meal can be the first step in transforming the life of someone experiencing homelessness and hunger. At LifePath Christian Ministries, community meals are served twice a day Monday through Friday. 

Any member of the community is welcome to join us during these meals at our Men’s Shelter dining room, located at 367 W. Market Street in York.  

Lunch is served 11:30am to 12:30pm and dinner is served 4:00pm to 5:00pm.  

Long-term or emergency shelter guests at LifePath are provided three meals a day and alternative meals are offered for those who might work and need a flexible meal schedule.  

For more information on our meal service, please call 717-845-7662.

Showers & Hygiene

Showers are available for anyone in the community who may need them. LifePath provides a hygiene kit, towel, and washcloth. Showers are available 1 to 3 p.m., every day of the week. 

Men can visit the Men’s Shelter at 367 W. Market St., during the above time. 

Women can visit the Women’s Shelter at 17 Jefferson Ave., during the above time.

Extreme Weather

Throughout the year, weather makes living on the streets extremely difficult for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. LifePath Christian Ministries works with the York County Coalition on Homelessness to provide shelter during extreme weather conditions. 

In the summer, a CODE RED is issued for extreme heat, and LifePath will open its doors to provide a cool place to escape the heat during the day and a comfortable place to sleep at night. 

In the winter, a CODE BLUE is issued for severe cold temperatures, providing extra space for those to find shelter from the frigid nights.

Anyone who is seeking shelter during this time may call 717-472-8911 to be screened and register for services. Guests must register for a bed between 9am-5pm (7 days a week) and come in between 5:30pm-6:30pm to retain the bed once registered.

pARTNERSHIPs

LifePath Christian Ministries works with several community organizations and churches to provide a full range of services to those experiencing homelessness and poverty.

If you’d like to learn more about what we do and becoming a partner, please contact us at 717-845-7662 or hello@lifepathyork.org. 

FAQ ON SERVICES

Food

What are the ways in which people can access food through LifePath?

    • Community Meals are provided Monday thru Friday – lunch and dinner

Can anyone come in for a meal? Where do they go? Do they need to do anything in advance before arriving? What happens when they get there? 

    • Individuals requesting services need to be in our system. They would come to 367 W Market St and bring their id with them. Let the staff know that they would like to register for services. The staff will collect general information from them and ask them to sign documents. 
    • The staff will take their picture and issue a LP ID card.  
    • The LP ID card can be used for services, the card is scanned each time. 
    • The LP ID card that is provided is free, if an individual loses their card, there is a $3 replacement fee. 
    • Lunch is served from 11:30am to 12:30pm.  
    • Dinner is served from 4:00pm to 5pm. 
    • Guests will go through a security screening 
    • All food must be consumed in the dining room 
    • Individuals must be present for meals 
    • Community meals are provided at the Men’s Shelter, 367 W Market St. 
      Shelter

      If I am experiencing homelessness, how do I find out if I can be a guest at LifePath?

        • All individuals who meet basic requirements are welcome to stay at the LifePath Women or Men’s Shelter. Both shelters require a valid photo id to stay, prior to arriving please contact the shelter to determine if there is availability.

      If I am a man, what do I do to see if I can find shelter at LifePath?

        • Men, over the age of 18, can and have a valid photo id are able to enter the shelter. We ask that all guests be able to manage their own personal care needs and are able to navigate the multiple stairs within the building. For questions or to see availability please call 717-845-7662 ext. 1214.

      If I am a woman, what do I do to see if I can find shelter at LifePath?

        • Women can call the shelter at 717-845-5947 to see availability. Guests must provide a valid photo id and birth certificates for children. A background check will be conducted prior to entry, individuals with a violent criminal history will not be permitted within the shelter.

      What if I am a parent? Father or mother? How is it different?

        • Mothers are welcome at the Women’s and Children’s Shelter with their children, boys and girls of any age. We are able to accommodate fathers with children during Code Blue in the Family Flex Shelter.
        • The Men’s shelter is not able to accommodate children of any age. Males must be 18 years old or older.

      How long can I stay at LifePath?

        • Emergency Shelter is available for 45 days, additional track opportunities are available, discuss with your case manager.  
        • Individuals who choose to work with a LifePath Case Manager to help conquer their barriers to finding a home are able to remain at the shelter while actively pursuing individual goals.
        • Guests with mental or physical challenges can stay in the shelter.

      What are the rules about staying at LifePath?

        • Guests are asked to be active participants of the community through completing chores and contributing to the organization and cleanliness of the shelter. 
        • Guests will adhere to shelter curfew and time schedules. 
        • Substance use is strictly prohibited. 
        • We expect guests to treat one another and staff with dignity and respect. Threats or acts of violence are prohibited. 
        • A full list of Shelter Guidelines will be provided at intake. Any guest that does not follow shelter guidelines will not be able to remain in the shelter. 

      Can I come here during the day? What if I work second or third shift?

        • The shelters ask guests to exit the building during the day, however they are welcome to remain in the building to participate in programs, studies, and meals. Except during cold weather months (November – March) guests can remain in the building. Exceptions can be made for guests with documented physical or mental conditions. 
        • In an effort to fully support guests who work, 2nd and 3rd shift employees are given alternate building schedules, based on their work hours, that will allow these guests to sleep during the day. 
          Clothing

          I am in need of clothing. Can LifePath provide anything for me?

            • Individuals requesting services need to be in our system. They would come to 367 W Market St and bring their id with them. Let the staff know that they would like to register for services. The staff will collect general information from them and ask them to sign documents. 
            • The staff will take their picture and issue a LP ID card.  
            • The LP ID card can be used for services, the card is scanned each time. 
            • The LP ID card that is provided is free, if an individual loses their card, there is a $3 replacement fee.
            • On third Friday of every month from 1pm to 2pm, individuals in the community may meet with staff to request assistance with clothing, shoes, kitchen items, linens, and household items.
            • Anyone receiving assistance must be registered. This includes all children. Adults must be present to receive assistance.
            • Gift cards to the thrift stores will be provided, cards are good at any LP Thrift Store. Gift cards have an expiration date and are not reissued if they expire. 
            • Assistance is provided once every 90 days. 
            • Assistance is not provided for furniture or large appliances
            Shower Program

            Who can participate in the shower program? When? What might I need to do before I come to LifePath for a shower?

              • Individuals requesting services need to be in our system. They would come to 367 W Market St and bring their id with them. Let the staff know that they would like to register for services. The staff will collect general information from them and ask them to sign documents. 
              • The staff will take their picture and issue a LP ID card.  
              • The LP ID card can be used for services, the card is scanned each time. 
              • The LP ID card that is provided is free, if an individual loses their card, there is a $3 replacement fee.
              • Men may come to the Men’s Shelter, daily between 1-3pm for a shower.
              • Women may come to the Women’s Shelter, daily between 1-3pm for a shower. 
              • Towel, wash cloth and hygiene kit will be provided.
              Extreme Weather

              Code Red:

                • When real feel temperatures are high and rise above a designated temperature, a Code Red will be called. 
                • The community may come into the cooling station at the Men’s Shelter from 11:30-1:30pm. 
                • The announcement for Code Red is found on the York County Coalition on Homelessness’ Facebook page.
                • Individuals requesting services need to be in our system. They would come to 367 W Market St and bring their id with them. Let the staff know that they would like to register for services. The staff will collect general information from them and ask them to sign documents.
                • The staff will take their picture and issue a LP ID card.  
                • The LP ID card can be used for services, the card is scanned each time. 
                • The LP ID card that is provided is free, if an individual loses their card, there is a $3 replacement fee.

              Code Blue:

                • When real feel temperatures are cold and fall below a designated temperature, a Code Blue will be called. 
                • The community may come into the warming station at the Men’s Shelter from 11:30-1:30pm. (This is announced on the FB page. There may be warming station hours, or it may be overnight shelter, depending on the weather & temperatures) 
                • Men may come into the Men’s Shelter for overnight shelter. 
                • Women may come into the Women’s Shelter for overnight shelter. 
                • The announcement for Code Blue is found on the York County Coalition on Homelessness’ Facebook page. 
                • See information for shelters
                • Individuals requesting services need to be in our system. They would come to 367 W Market St and bring their id with them. Let the staff know that they would like to register for services. The staff will collect general information from them and ask them to sign documents.
                • The staff will take their picture and issue an LP ID card.  
                • The LP ID card can be used for services, the card is scanned each time. 
                • The LP ID card that is provided is free, if an individual loses their card, there is a $3 replacement fee.