We have windows!
We have a roof!
More walls have gone up!
Thank you to the Erie Community Foundation for the donation to the Haven Building Project! Accepting on behalf of the Haven was Sister Mary Fromknecht.
Construction has begun! It won't be long now!
Sister Mary and Mike Peck signed the contract for the new St. Patrick's Haven this morning.
Signed, Sealed, and Ready to Go!
Work on site will begin next week - weather permitting!!!
Allegheny Health Network/St. Vincent Hospital in honor of Doctor’s Day, chose Dr. Edward Clark to receive an honorarium of $500, which will go towards the new Haven Building.
SPH was the agency selected by Dr. Edward Clark. In photo are: Jan Stork (Make A Wish Foundation), Kenneth Chinsky, MD (honoree), Sister Mary Fromknecht, Nancy Donnelly, Edward Clark, MD, and Scott Whalen (CEO of St. Vincent/Allegheny Health)
We are most grateful to Dr. Clark and Allegheny Health Network/St. Vincent Hospital.
A message from Rev. Msgr. Henry A. Kriegel, chairman of the Restoring Hope Building Campaign
"Through a contribution to the Restoring Hope Campaign, you can change a life for someone that is down on their luck, homeless, afraid and feeling lost and forgotten. A one time contribution is really an opportunity to help change the future for someone and give back hope for a better future. Please join me in supporting a the St. Patrick's Haven Campaign today and restore hope for others."
Saint Patrick’s Approach to Providing Shelter
The Haven is different from other shelters in the area. It accepts homeless men even if they have been drinking or have any other addiction. Each man signs a Hold Harmless agreement each night of their stay. House rules are displayed openly and enforced by the Manager. The Managers are and have always been men who had stayed at the Haven and who are interested and able to handle the nightly regime.
In 2012, a Board Member suggested applying to be a recipient of Roar on the Shore monies, after meeting with the Board at the site, the Haven was chosen and received $50,000 and three vacant lots located in the 200 block of East 12th Street. It was recognized that there is a need for a new building to house the shelter, mainly due to a deteriorating foundation.
You have the opportunity to be a part of this effort and contribute to the wellbeing of people of varied backgrounds and situations. Your gift to the St. Patrick’s Haven will help continue the ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph and meet the needs of our homeless population – ministry of presence to men who choose a place of safety, a warm bed, a shower, coffee, a snack and friendship nightly.
Please consider an online donation - choose "St. Patrick's Haven" from the drop own menu under "Program". Thank you for helping to continue this important mission.
Click here to see the extent of the crumbling foundation at the Haven.
Ground breaking and a Press Conference for the new Haven were held on Thursday, September 15, 2016. See photos from the event here!