1 | Full Service
The Hospitality Center is the only day shelter in downtown Norristown that accepts anyone with full services. Those full services include shelter, food, shower, phone, fax, mail, and access to two social workers each day.
2 | Breakfast Five Days a Week
The Center is the only place those experiencing homelessness and poverty can receive breakfast five days a week. There are twenty-one free meals provided in Norristown weekly. The Center provides breakfast beginning at 7:00 am – and is the only place guests can receive a free breakfast at that time of day. Some of our early morning clients are among the working poor. They come for breakfast before going to their day labor or minimum wage job. The free meal helps sustain these folks.
3 | Shower Five Days a Week
The Hospitality Center is the only public place in downtown Norristown a person can take a free shower five days a week. Any person can take a shower daily at the Center. We provide a towel and toiletries at the center.
4 | Case Management on Demand
This ministry that you support is the only place in the entire network of private and public agencies in the area where a client can always receive case management on demand, with no need to make an appointment. Every other place a person will need to make an appointment, often days or weeks away. Personal crisis often need immediate attention from a trained responder. The Center functions as a Crisis Management Facility for clients in crisis who cannot get to their regular case manager for weeks. If you are the one in crisis, the immediate access to a social worker or addiction counselor is invaluable.
5 | Optional Devotionals
The Center is the only day shelter where five days a week, clients are given the option to stay or leave prior to daily devotions. The Hospitality Center, founded by an interfaith ecumenical group of congregations, does not demand faith in exchange for services. Faith is a personal choice. Service to the poor is a divine command. The staff and volunteers witness with deeds at every point. Prior to daily devotions, clients are invited to stay or leave, which will not affect the services they receive.
6 | Zero Government Funding
The Norristown Ministries Inc. Hospitality Center is the only homeless shelter in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania that is funded entirely without government money. That is vital! This local ministry to our poor and homeless neighbors is the direct result of our values, our intentions, our backing. We have collaborated with one another with no need for outside intervention to fund or format what we are doing, serving 1,200 individual poor and homeless neighbors with centralized, competent and compassionate care for clients sometimes experiencing a complex set of crises – homelessness, chronic unemployment, abuse, critical health challenges including mental and emotional problems or recovery issues. Many of these challenges can come at once. Or one challenge can lead to others. We see troubled, jobless clients who were once stalwart members of the middle class.
See the complete list of the services we provide on our “Services Offered” page.