Volunteers and Non-Cash Donations

Not everyone has the wherewithal to make financial donations to our shelter despite their strong desire to do it.  If cash is short but the heart is willing, there are other ways to help our homeless brothers and sisters…

The winter shelter season approaches faster than we would like to think.  We can never prepare too soon.  Recently, we have received several inquiries asking about volunteer opportunities at the St. Francis Shelter.  The answer is “Yes!  Yes!  Yes!”  We never have too many hands to help the homeless population we serve.  Please use the contact form to reach out to Carl, or you can call him directly to discuss volunteer opportunities at

Call CARL:  570-406-5300

Non-Cash Donations

We expect to serve approximately 80 homeless guests each night during the winter season.  The shelter will operate five nights each week from mid-October through mid-March.  We estimate the cost at approximately $20,000.  In addition to providing our guests with a warm bed and hot meals, we offer them clothing and an opportunity to take care of their personal hygiene.  In that regard, we gratefully accept donations of slightly used clothing – coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, and sweatpants are particularly helpful – and toiletries like soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.  Again, you can contact Carl to donate these critical items to support the winter shelter.

Thrift Store Donations

Earlier this year, we created a thrift store where we sell used furniture, clothes, books, dishware, etc.  ALL proceeds from the thrift store directly support the shelter.  If you have furniture, appliances, etc. that you no longer use but are in good working order, please contact Carl.  We can arrange to pick it up.

While financial support is very important, you can see that there are many ways to support the shelter and help the homeless men and women who we care for.  If you can volunteer your time, or if you can make a non-cash donation or a thrift store donation, please contact Carl by telephone


Or by using the contact form.  Your generosity will go a long way and is greatly appreciated by those of us who operate the shelter and by the hundreds of homeless people we serve.

With all of that said, THE most important thing you can do for the St. Francis Shelter and the homeless community we serve is to


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