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 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 need in our community – transitional housing for 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. By offering supportive housing, case management, mentoring and advocacy, Erie DAWN helps women transition back into independence.