Our history

"For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble, he will conceal me in the cover of his tent; and set me high upon a rock" psalm 27: 5

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Please mail donations to:

Saint James Haven

P.O. Box 15

Meadville, PA 16335

  • St. James haven was founded in 1997 as an outreach ministry by the associates of the sisters of st. Joseph of northwestern pennsylvania.

  • Originally a residential home, it was converted and sponsored for shelter use.

  • It is the only shelter for men in the meadville area.

St. James Haven is operated entirely through the generous donations of our benefactors. Although the house was originally donated to the Erie Diocese, the upkeep, utilities, food, and household expenses are all funded through the charity of the local community.

Our Mission


An outreach ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania

Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers; That you do unto me.

When I was hungry, you gave me to eat;

When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink.

Now enter into the home of My Father.

When I was homeless, you opened your door;

When I was naked, you gave me your coat.

Now enter into the home of My Father.

When I was weary, you helped me find rest;

When I was anxious, you calmed all my fears.

Now enter into the home of My Father.

Whatsoever you do the least of my brothers,

That you do unto me.

Matthew 25: 31-46

Homelessness is open all year, which is why our year-round donation drive needs you. Please consider a financial gift of any size to help us in our mission to offer shelter to those in need.

In keeping with the Sisters of St. Joseph charism, "unity of neighbor with neighbor" and "neighbor with God without distinction", St. James Haven provides a place of welcome, a nightly refuge, food, and comfort for homeless men.

St. James Haven is a six bed, temporary, overnight shelter for homeless men located at 169 Walnut St. in Meadville, PA. The Haven provides homeless men with a comfortable bed and clean, dry shelter on a first come-first served basis. A simple evening meal is served. The facility is staffed by a resident manager and is open 365 days/year from 6pm to 8am.