A safe, welcoming place for men to call home
Everyone needs a place to call home. At Good Samaritan Services, we make sure that our Phoenixville Emergency Shelter and Residential Homes are as welcoming and comfortable as possible. Our emergency shelter can serve up to eight men with an additional 27 in our long-term transitional housing program. All five of our Phoenixville facilities provide participants with safe and welcoming homes. Case managers work closely with residents to help them regain stability in their lives and address the issues which led to their becoming homeless. We are committed to serving our guests in a safe and supportive environment.
Arthur Perry Emergency Shelter
Our Arthur Perry Emergency Shelter is a eight-bed facility that welcomes men experiencing homelessness. Participants are allowed a 60-day stay. During that time, participants are offered three meals a day, clothing, toiletries, linens, and towels. Admission to the shelter begins with a comprehensive interview.
Our transitional housing program can accommodate up to fourteen men. Participants are allowed to reside in the home for up to 12 months. This longer-term residency allows the men to continue to improve their circumstances and prepare for the move into independent living situations. Participants who have completed a successful stay in the Arthur Perry Emergency Shelter may be eligible to reside in the transitional housing. Participants must be employed and/or have another source of regular monthly income. Participants who meet these requirements, complied with the house rules, demonstrated sobriety throughout their stay, and expressed a desire to continue on to independent living are welcomed into our transitional housing.
Affordable Housing – Breitegam House
In a tremendous act of generosity, Paul and Helen Breitegam donated their 12-room home to Good Sam in January 2016. This property allows us to provide affordable housing to men who have progressed through our program. Breitegam House allows us to offer a full continuum of services to men experiencing homelessness in Chester County. With the cost of housing making it sometimes impossible for our clients to find independent housing, Breitegam House will be able to provide an affordable housing solution to many men in need.
Annual Impact – Phoenixville program for men
At our shelters, our primary objectives are to help residents find work, save money, and move into permanent housing. Some of our statistics from the 2017–18 fiscal year include:
93 Men were provided with emergency shelter, transitional housing or affordable housing
$7,870 awarded through our Microloan Program and Matched Savings Program
87% of shelter residents found employment
15 Mentors participated in our Mentorship Program
300+ Volunteers served by providing meals, mentoring, performing repairs on our homes, and much more
90% Residents said their faith increased while at GSS
A Lasting Legacy — Arthur Perry’s Story
Although it was a hard story, Arthur himself liked to share it because of the transformation that took place, thanks to the love and care of the staff of Good Samaritan Services (GSS).
At one time, Arthur had a secure job and a life with friends and family, but he lost it all because of addiction. As addiction took hold, he lost everything, until finally he hit rock bottom. That’s when he arrived at the GSS Phoenixville Men’s Shelter and got the help he needed, a chance to clean up his act, find work and start over. Arthur went on to become a GSS House Manager, sharing his experience with other men who came to the shelter, thinking they were down to their last chance. Thanks to his own experience, the grace of God and Good Samaritan Services, Arthur truly became a Good Samaritan, helping hundreds of others to accept God’s grace and healing.
Sadly, Arthur died in 2013, surrounded with love and care; he had mended his relationships with his wife and family. Because of his extraordinary efforts as a friend and mentor to so many others, the GSS Emergency Shelter is named in his honor, the Arthur A. Perry Home. His story and his impact on others still lives on.