Community CARES Shelter & Resource Center

Community CARES (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter)

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Description of ServiceEMERGENCY SHELTER: coordinate and provide overnight emergency shelter to over 400 individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout Cumberland and surrounding counties 365 days a year. Clients will sleep on mats in churches and are provided bedding and a location to store beading daily. When appropriate transportation to and from the overnight shelters.

RESOURCE CENTER: a day center where shelter residents perform basic tasks such as; shower, laundry, cook meals, make phone calls, receive mail and messages, lockers to store personal items. The center also acts as a place of contact for other community services like weekly medical assessments by local doctors, monthly oral exams by local oral surgeon, and monthly intake completion by Merakey professional. Residents’ weekly work with a supportive services coordinator to establish goals; provide accountability with personal budget and credit report, employment search, and advocate on client’s behalf when necessary with the goal of reaching a sustainable plan to transition to a permanent housing solution.
Geographical AreaCumberland (Carlisle and surrounding area)
Intake ProcedureFor Shelter: Screening on-site from Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00pm to 5:00pmOR Call 211 for screening into shelter system, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm (evening and weekend referrals not available)
Intake RequirementsAll shelter guests are required to go through a National Criminal Investigation Check (N.C.I.C). Visit the Carlisle Police Station at:240 Lincoln Street, Carlisle
Additional RequirementsCriminal Sexual Offenders who appear on the Megan's Law are NOT admitted into the CARES program.
Helpful TipsMonthly Shelter Rotation:
Carlisle American Legion
First Evangelical Lutheran
First United Church of Christ
Carlisle United Methodist Church
Plainfield First Church of God
Carlisle Quaker Meeting
Second Presbyterian
Unitarian Universalist of the CV
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Carlisle Alliance
Mt Holly Church of God
First Church of the Brethren
Life House Church
Client Information
Target PopulationHomeless
Age GroupAdults
EligibilityFor Resource Center: In order to use the Resource Center, must be a client of the shelter.For Shelter: Single men/women over the age of 18, as well as families are eligible for services. All shelter guests were required to go through a National Criminal Investigation Check (N.C.I.C.) Visit the Carlisle Police Station at 240 Lincoln St, Carlisle to obtain NCIC clearance and bring that with you when you come to the shelter. Criminal sexual offenders who appear on the Megan's Law list are not admitted to the C.A.R.E.S program.
Hours of Operation Emergency Shelter,9:00pm to 7:00am
Resource Center, 7:00am to 9:00pm
Volunteer Opportunities, 24/7
Contact Information
Contact's Name Beth Kempf
Contact's Position Executive Director
Contact's Phone 717-249-1009
Contact's Email
Physical Site Address 1 50 West Penn Street
Physical Site City, State, Zip Carlisle, PA 17013
Main Phone 717-249-1009
Fax 717-243-5103
Service Location Email
Web Address
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Community CARES (Combined Area Resources For Emergency Shelter)
Affiliated Program: Community CARES (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter)
This Service: Community CARES Shelter & Resource Center
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Community Shelters (BH-1800.8500-150)
Top Referring Service (YA-2500)
Top Referring Service for 2019 (YA-2500.2019)
Volunteer Opportunities (PX)