More Than a Room for the Night

At Catholic Charities Boston, our shelters provide a safe place to sleep for families and individuals in need–and much more.

Catholic Charities provides temporary, supportive residences for families and women working to get back on their feet and under their own roof. Each program is staffed 24/7 with qualified and trained workers to help provide safety and consistency to families and/or individuals. Case Managers assess the needs of the guests and together they determine the best path to rebuild, strengthen their families, and move toward self-sufficiency.

About Our Shelters

Shelter locations are not publicly disclosed for the safety and privacy of the residents, many of whom have experienced significant trauma, abuse, neglect. Residents are referred directly through the Executive Office for Housing and Livable Communities. For information on how to receive a referral to an emergency shelter in Massachusetts, please visit this link.

Lamies' Story

From Seeking Shelter to Self-Sufficiency

Lamies and her family came to St. Ambrose Family Shelter after experiencing barriers to finding affordable housing. The St. Ambrose team worked with Lamies to to secure permanent housing and today Lamies and her family are thriving.

Our Shelters


Catholic Charities Inn and Safety-Net Shelters opened up in 2023 in response to the growing humanitarian crisis facing families experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts. Residents are referred directly through the state’s emergency shelter system.


Nazareth Family Shelter provides an opportunity for homeless families to begin rebuilding their lives. Families 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. This program is equipped with several items for families that may be mobility impaired.

St. Ambrose Family Shelter

The St. Ambrose Family Shelter provides shelter, support, and hope for homeless families in transition. The shelter’s team is supported by a robust volunteer program staffed with students from local colleges and high schools. The shelter offers a variety of services to prepare families for successful and independent living as well as a comprehensive stabilization program and impactful community presence.

Families are referred through the Executive Office for Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) Team members at each shelter guide each resident along their path to independent living.

St. Patrick’s Shelter

St. Patrick’s Shelter is 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.

Women in need of shelter contact the shelter directly at 617-628-3015 to determine vacancy. Staff will welcome the women and provide an assessment for barriers to housing, creating an individualized treatment plan to self-sufficiency.

Brigid’s Crossing

Brigid’s Crossing serves young parents and families. The team at Brigid’s assists young parents to learn the value of responsibility and independence while helping them to achieve their goals. During their stay young parents receive assistance with educational placements, securing daycare resources for their child or children, parenting support and instruction, life skills training, medical resources, mental health care, and housing search assistance. Young parents are referred to this program through the Departments of Transitional Assistance and Children and Families.

These shelters focus on keeping families together while targeting specific needs of the populations.

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