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Joseph House Crisis Center

The Crisis Center provides emergency and on-going assistance for individuals and families in need. It opened in 1984 to serve the poor from the Lower Shore counties of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.

The Crisis Center is located on Boundary Street in Salisbury, Maryland. The phone number is 410-749-4239. It exists to maintain a presence of peace and hope to people who want to help themselves. The overriding goal is to affirm the self-worth and dignity of those who come here and to help them achieve a level of independent living.

The Crisis Center has four departments: Cash Assistance for Emergency Needs, a Dining Room serving a hot lunch, a Hospitality Room for the Homeless, and a Food Pantry

Cash Assistance

The Crisis Center offers cash assistance for evictions, utility cut-offs, health care bills, and other vital needs.

It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:00 am to noon.

The Crisis Center is usually the last resort for men, women, and their children who have nowhere else to go for help.

Services are available for all people provided they can demonstrate their need; this is the only qualification required.

With the aid of our volunteer staff, we evaluate each request for help and determine the best way that we can respond. Over 1,700 requests for assistance are answered each year.

The Center depends on Divine Providence to help those in need. All funding comes from private donations. The Center does not receive funds from the United Way or the state or federal government.

People seeking assistance need to arrive by 8:00 am to draw a number for a lottery that determines the order in which they are seen.

They need to bring a photo I.D. and proof of their income and expenses.

Families with dependent children need to bring a denial slip from the Department of Social Services.

Dining Room

The Dining Room at the Crisis Center serves a hot meal between 10:30 am and 12 noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The meals are available for anyone. On average, about 100 meals are served each day. This results in well over 20,000 meals per year.

A dozen churches in the Salisbury area, representing different religious traditions, take turns preparing and serving the meals. They have been doing this for over 25 years.

Hospitality Room

The Hospitality Room at the Crisis Center is a day shelter for homeless men and women. It provides a temporary refuge for those who have no place to call their own.

Visitors to the Hospitality Room can receive food, clothing, and personal items. A bathroom and shower are available if they need to bathe. We also have a washer and dryer to launder clothes.

Those who come to our Hospitality Room are homeless for a variety of reasons. Some are struggling with addictions or mental illness. Physical ailments are also common. Others are having difficulty in finding work.

At the Hospitality Room, the homeless receive acceptance, encouragement, and support for seeking the help they need.

Sometimes our visitors need a place to rest and sleep because they must be awake all night if they are living on the streets. Others enjoy watching inspirational videotapes or talking with our volunteers and Sisters.

The Hospitality Room is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry at the Crisis Center distributes supplemental bags of groceries to families and individuals in need.

Many struggling people receive food on an on-going basis. Around 40% of the people who receive items from our Pantry are children. In a year's time, over 23,000 bags of food are given out.

Most of the food is donated from local churches, businesses, and other people of good will.

We also purchase food from the Maryland Food Bank with funds donated for this purpose.

The Food Pantry is open from 9:00 am to 11:30 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

People seeking help from the Pantry must bring a photo I.D., proof of their income, and a Social Security card for every member of the household.

The Joseph House Crisis Center


Volunteers speak privately with those seeking cash assistance.


The Dining Room serves over 20,000 hot meals per year.


Men and women who are homeless are always welcome at the Hospitality Room.

Our friendly volunteer crew prepares the bags of food to be given away.

Our facilities include a warehouse, forklift, walk-in freezer, and three trucks to pick up food.



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