St. Patrick’s Haven was founded in 1984 as a shelter for homeless men in the City of Erie. “The Haven” offers a ministry of presence to men who choose a place of safety, a warm bed, a shower, coffee, a snack and friendship. The Sisters and SSJ Associates manage the day-to-day operations. An on-site manager, a formerly homeless man, is employed by and lives at the Haven.
In 1995, the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Benedictine Sisters came together to address a critical need in our community – transitional housing for homeless women and children. Faced with problems like domestic abuse, catastrophic medical bills or loss of employment, these women need time to get back on their feet; yet the length of stay in most emergency shelters is limited to three or four months. By offering a program of supportive housing, case management, mentoring and advocacy, Erie DAWN helps homeless women transition back into independence by helping them to acquire the tools and resources needed for self-sufficiency.