Shelter Services

Shelter Procedure: COVID Pre-Screening

In following the policies and procedures for our shelter locations, every employee must complete a pre-screening questionnaire before they are admitted into the building. To streamline this process and ensure everyone is accounted for, please click the shelter location where you work and complete and submit this questionnaire daily. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all clients and employees during these difficult times. 

Click here for a list of shelter locations

If the answer to any of these questions is "Yes," you MAY NOT attend work. 


Catholic Charities helps families and individuals work toward the goal of getting back on their feet and under their own roof. We offer a variety of temporary shelters as well as permanent supportive residences until that day comes. All of our shelters are staffed by trained men and women who help guide each resident through their path to self-sufficiency and independent living. Most residents are referred through the DHCD Emergency Shelter program.


Our shelters:

Brigid's Crossing, Lowell
Brigid’s Crossing serves young mothers and helps them to learn the value of responsibility and independence while helping them to achieve their goals.

Genesis II, Newton
Genesis II provides homeless mothers struggling to maintain sobriety with housing and inpatient treatment without them having to place their children in foster care Residents receive assistance with housing, parenting skills, job readiness skills, budgeting, household management, nutritional planning, and medical care. The clinical team works with each family to provide them with both individual and family treatment planning.

Nazareth Residence, Roxbury
Nazareth Residence provides an opportunity for homeless mothers and their children to begin rebuilding their lives. Families are able to maintain their independence while they transition to permanent housing. The community-like atmosphere, supportive services, and 24-hour staffing create a safe and secure environment.

St. Ambrose Family Shelter, Dorchester
The goal of St. Ambrose Family Shelter is to provide shelter, support and hope for homeless families in transition. The shelter offers a variety of services to prepare families for successful and independent living. 

St. Patrick's Shelter, Somerville
An emergency shelter for homeless women. Guests receive referrals for health care, mental health services, educational services and housing. They have a transitional program which helps guests move towards a better future.