Samaritan House Women’s Shelter

“I had never been in a shelter before, and I was terrified. I had hit rock bottom but the staff made me feel as though I was home, for which I was extremely grateful. I’m clean now and back with my daughter… this experience was a stepping stone back to my life. I don’t know where I’d be without Samaritan House.”

Samaritan House was originally founded as a family shelter in 1978 in response to the “silent” and “secret” problem of homelessness in Westchester County.  As awareness of homelessness grew and more services became available to this population, the program transitioned to become a shelter for single, homeless women.

Today, Samaritan House provides comprehensive services as well as referrals to outside treatment programs for women suffering from substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS.  Some are just out of prison on parole. 

The shelter has 19 transitional beds for residents referred by the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) and 4 emergency beds for nightly drop-in clients.  Emergency guests are provided with overnight shelter, clothing, toiletries, meals, snacks and referrals.

Each resident receives ongoing case management supports while in the shelter to ensure that she can choose the best mix of treatment and service options for her individual needs.  Our primary objective is to help women transition into permanent housing and, to help ensure success, follow-up services are provided after discharge.

Samaritan House prides itself on the number of women who have successfully used their time with us to move on to more stable, productive and fulfilling lives.

Our Location: 

Samaritan House Women’s Shelter                 
Grace Church Parish House                 
33 Church Street /  3rd Floor                 
White Plains, NY 10601         

Deborah Williams, Shelter Services Manager
914.948.3075   x 9310

How You Can Help

You can help by making a financial donation or by donating:

  • — New underwear, socks, slippers, pajamas, winter scarves, gloves & hats
  • — Toiletries & personal items
  • — Prepared meals to feed 25
  • — Gift certificates from major supermarkets
  • — New linens and towels to assist residents preparing to move into their own apartments.

To Volunteer or make an In-Kind Donation—please contact:

Nancy Inzinna
914.949.3098 x 9735