Our Shelter

During their time at St. Paul’s Center, residents will experience a comfortable, safe, and welcoming environment. With eight rooms, plenty of common areas, and internet access, mothers are able to spend their time searching for apartments and finding employment without feeling overcrowded. Yet, our shelter maintains a sense of community through family dinners each night.

"St.Paul's helped me see that I'M POSSIBLE. St. Paul's was the bridge to my brighter future."

Heather R.

Our shelter spans two floors, providing a peaceful, spacious atmosphere. Designated quiet hours and curfews help to ensure restful nights in a safe setting. Our location in Rensselaer allows for easy access to public transportation. Amenities including toiletries and diapers (most of which are kindly donated) are available upon request.


Case Management

Employment Support

Crisis Intervention

Nutrition Education





Discharged to a Positive Environment

Families Sheltered


Do Not Return to Homelessness

Sheltered Hearts Program


Our daily babysitting program is run by generous volunteers who facilitate fun, educational activities with the children staying at our shelter. This allows mothers to continue working during their stay, run errands, and attend appointments.



Donate to our Wish List

Support St. Paul’s Center and local families in need by donating to our wish list. Our shelter is always in need of items to help make our guests feel at home during their time with us.

Kitchen Items
  • Pots and pans
  • Serving utensils
  • Matching dishes, glasses, and cups
  • Coffee pots
  • Can openers
  • Strainers
  • Microwave ovens
  • Dish drainers
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting boards
  • Tupperware (matching lids w/ bottoms)
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
Bathroom Items*
  • Shower curtains
  • Shower liners
  • Toilet brushes
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toiletries
  • Hair brushes
  • Deodorant
  • Women’s razors
  • Feminine hygiene products


*Must be new and unused

Living Room Items
  • Lamps
  • End tables



Bedroom Items
  • Dressers
  • Sheets (twin, full, and queen sizes)*
  • Pillow cases*
  • Blankets (twin, full, and queen sizes)*

*Must be new and unused

Baby/Child Items
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Walkers
  • Pack n’ Plays
  • Rattles/infant toys
  • Infant/toddler clothing
  • Children’s books
  • Coloring books
  • Washable markers/pencils/crayons
  • Children’s school supplies
  • Arts & crafts supplies
Miscellaneous Items
  • Monetary donations
  • Gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Hannaford, Price Chopper and ShopRite)
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Sewing Kits
  • Birthday cards, candles, cake mix*
  • Bus tokens
  • Pajamas/slippers*
  • Car/booster seats (inspected by NYS Police if used)

*Must be new and unused

Feel like giving? Check out our Amazon wishlist to donate items to our Rensselaer shelter the next time you’re shopping!

Next time you shop at smile.amazon.com, choose St. Paul’s Center as your charity and we will receive 0.5% of your purchase at no cost to you!