Catholic Charities has been a steadfast supplier of food and shelter to Lorain residents for more than 20 years, providing a place in central Lorain for persons who are homeless, hungry or otherwise vulnerable to receive assistance.
About St. Elizabeth Center
Catholic Charities is in the process of converting the former Polish American Citizens Club to become the new St. Elizabeth Center. The St. Elizabeth Center will house a 50-bed men’s shelter, congregate hot meal program, a choice pantry, Community Connections and case management services. The new site will combine two facilities that currently operate in Lorain, the St. Joseph Overnight Shelter and the Lorain Family Center.
Lorain Family Center (aka 8th Street) and the St. Joseph Shelter, on the grounds of the former St. Joseph Church, have been a caring and comforting haven for the homeless in Lorain. These programs have been an asset to the community and directly reflect the mission and values of Catholic Charities, which calls us to show dignity and respect to every person and provide basic needs to the most vulnerable. Together in 2015, these sites provided 38,495 meals and 8,606 nights of shelter.
About St. Elizabeth of Hungary
The renovated facility is suitably named the St. Elizabeth Center after St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a saint who lived a life full of prayer and service to the poor. She is often depicted with a basket of bread to show her devotion to the poor and hungry. St. Elizabeth administered to the sick, supported the poor, and was dedicated to works of charity.
We welcome direct referrals from community providers that assist individuals with the following special needs:
- Mentally disabled
- Physically disabled
- Developmentally disabled
- Co-occurring disabled
- Physically or emotionally abused
- Chemically dependent
To access a referral form click the links below, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or please call 440.242.0455.
Ron’s faith in God saw him through hard times and led him to Catholic Charities in Lorain County. At St. Joseph Overnight Shelter and St. Elizabeth Center, Ron found a safe place to stay and people who believed in him. “My caseworker, Stephanie, helped me so much,” he says. Today, Ron lives in permanent housing, but he hasn’t forgotten what Catholic Charities continues to do for him. Whenever he can, Ron helps out at St. Elizabeth Center. “It’s the best I can do and the least I can do to show my appreciation,” he says. Ron also appreciates those who support Catholic Charities. “It’s something challenging,” he says of making financial contributions, “but it’s a good thing.” Learn more about Ron’s story here. To help people like Ron, donate here.