Who We Are


A shelter for homeless mothers and their children, St. Paul’s Center strives to
intervene, educate, and empower families so that they will not become homeless again.

The St. Paul ‘s Center helps by providing:

  • Emergency housing for homeless mothers and their children in a 19-bed shelter.
  • Support and services to help families move on to independent living.

Residents housed at our shelter receive support and services in the areas of:

      • Counseling
      • Parenting
      • Homemaking
      • Budgeting
      • Pediatric and maternal health care
      • Mental health
      • Substance abuse
      • Domestic violence
      • Education
      • Job training and placement
      • Permanent housing

Some of these services are provided on site while others are delivered through agreements with social service providers throughout the Capital District.


Once a family has moved on to permanent housing, the St. Paul’s Center Staff continues to offer assistance and support for one year to help the family succeed in independent living through the Bridges Program and our full-time Transitional Client Advocate.

Through our Bridges Program, our Transitional Client Advocate helps mothers negotiate life after shelter by:

      • Advocacy
      • Landlord dispute intervention
      • Navigating the court system
      • Obtaining social services
      • Obtaining counseling services services

Our Angel Fund is the product of our many generous donations from the community.  The Angel Fund provides:

      • Emergency rent, utility, phone payments
      • Bus or taxi fare
      • Obtaining legal documents
      • Transportation home to other states
      • Purchase of household items to help set up new apartments (items not available through donations)
      • Application fees for school
      • School clothes and supplies for children
      • Storage for personal belongings until an apartment is secured
      • Subsidized day care


St. Paul’s Center is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. It is non-sectarian and offers services to women and their children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.



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P.O. Box 589
Rensselaer, NY 12144
P 518-434-2910
F 518-689-2083