In partnership with Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Pittsburgh Mercy operates a Winter Shelter for men and women who are experiencing homelessness.
Winter Shelter Location
Smithfield United Church of Christ
620 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2506 (Downtown)
The location is the same for men and women.
Hours of Operation
Nov. 15, 2019 through March 15, 2020*
7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
NOTE: Between March 16 and March 31, 2020, the Winter Shelter will open if the average night temperature is 25 degrees Fahrenheit or less or if dangerous/inclement weather, such as heavy snowfall, ice, or freezing rain, is predicted. After March 31, 2020, the Winter Shelter will officially close for the 2019-2020 season.
Winter Shelter Services
- A warm, dry place to sleep
- A hot meal served nightly
- Basic health care
- Benefits and service coordination
- Care management services
- Housing assistance
- Shower and laundry facilities
- Winter clothing
- Information and referrals to essential human services.
Thank You to Our Funders
Funding for the Winter Shelter is made possible by:
- Allegheny County Department of Human Services
- Allegheny County Economic Development Emergency Solutions Grant
- Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net.
How You Can Help
We can’t do what we do without wonderful volunteers and donors like you!
Meals, Meal Preparers & Servers
- Shelter meals are coordinated by Pittsburgh Mercy.
- Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve hearty, nutritious meals for 150-180 people. We welcome and encourage participation by faith communities, civic and social organizations, restaurants, and other groups, as well as individuals. Volunteers can prepare a one-time meal or become a recurring meal provider.
- Meals must consist of a protein, a starch, and a vegetable. Cold cuts and thin soups are not nutritiously sufficient. Chili and stews with accompanying sides (e.g., salad, bread or cornbread, fixings, etc.) are accepted and appreciated.
- Meals should arrive hot and ready to serve. We do not have the equipment to reheat food.
- Meals should be delivered to Smithfield United Church of Christ between 6:45 and 7 p.m. Enter the church through the small door to the left of the main entrance. Note: There are two flights of stairs between the entrance and the basement.
- If your group or organization would like to prepare and deliver a meal, please contact Brian Matous at BMatous@pittsburghmercy.org or 412-689-6565 to schedule.
- If you are able to prepare a meal but cannot deliver it, please call Brian Matous at 412-689-6565.
- If you prefer to help underwrite the cost of a meal, please make a donation or contact Pittsburgh Mercy’s Development Office at 724-934-3537. The cost to underwrite a meal is approximately $500; however, donations in any amount are always appreciated. Please indicate that you would like your donation to benefit the Winter Shelter.
The Winter Shelter gratefully accepts in-kind donations by appointment. The items we most need include new:
- Boots (men’s and women’s, all sizes)
- Winter coats (men’s and women’s, especially sizes 1X-3X)
- Personal hygiene items.
Please do not bring items directly to the shelter. Please contact us at 412-232-5739, ext. 2 to make arrangements.
Clinical and non-clinical volunteers are needed. If you’d like to volunteer your time or offer services at the Winter Shelter, please contact Brian Matous at BMatous@pittsburghmercy.org or 412-689-6565.
Learn more about how you can help.
For more information about the Winter Shelter, contact us or call 1-877-637-2924.