The Mission of York C.A.R.E.S. is 'To help York’s homeless build stronger, healthier lives through compassionate and essential services'
The Children's Aid Society - York C.A.R.E.S., York County Coalition on Homelessness (YCCH), along with its community partners, (LifePath, Friends and Neighbors of PA, Inc., Union Lutheran Church, Asbury United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Bethel Commandment Church, & Saint Mary's RC Church) are providing single male and female emergency shelters for the 2021-2023 winter season (approximately mid December – end of March). This 'cold weather only' emergency shelter is often referred to as Code Blue - the intent is that anyone who is homeless has a place to get in out of the winter weather elements and be safe when certain weather conditions are met. This shelter will support the decrease in existing year round shelter beds and overflow space our community uses during a typical winter.
The Code Blue partner organizations are thankful for the York County Community Foundation & United Way’s COVID19 Response Fund for providing funding for the Code Blue Shelters in York City. Code Blue Shelter is intended as additional overnight shelter space for single homeless individuals male & female when certain weather conditions are met. This shelter is not year round, or an every night shelter.
The York County Coalition on Homelessness reminds everyone that this is overflow shelter space, and that existing shelters in the community should be contacted prior to utilizing Code Blue shelter. LifePath Christian Ministries, Bell Family Shelter, YWCA York ACCESS Shelter, and Changing Lives Shelter in Hanover all continue operations and should be utilized as a first option.
Additionally, this Code Blue Shelter space aims to provide shelter to as many individuals as possible, however, this is not a “no-barrier” shelter, and there will still be some restrictions on entry for the safety of the groups sleeping at each host church location.
We know our York County community is eager to help. If you’d like to assist, please refer to the volunteer job descriptions, the paid staffing roles through the Children’s Aid Society- York CARES. These activities can begin immediately, and will benefit our homeless individuals in the community for months to come. Staff and volunteers are vital to each location being able to open!
Thank you !
7:30 pm -6:30 am on declared Code Blue Nights at
Providing overnight emergency shelter for single males & females.
A cot, flat sheet, blanket, pillow, temporary 18 gallon storage tote will be provided during your stay with us.
Pre-registration and clearances are required to reserve a cot prior to 8 pm.
We continue to collaborate with others who have complimentary services to fill the gaps in the community.
Asbury United Methodist Church
340 East Market Street, York PA 17403
December 11, 2022 - January 5, 2023
Bethel Commandment Church
1000 South Queen Street, York PA 17403
January 6, 2023- February 2, 2023
Immaculate Conception BVM (Saint Mary's RC) Church
309 George Street, York, PA 17401
February 3, 2023 - March 2, 2023
First Presbyterian Church York
225 East Market Street, York, PA 17403
March 3, 2023 - April 2, 2023
How can you help?
Wanted: Caring adults who can volunteer 10 hours overnight when the shelters are open in York to be present with those living in homeless, assist with check-in, support shelter overnight site coordinator. Click here for the complete volunteer position description.
To become a volunteer, please complete our volunteer interest form by clicking here.
Funding for the Code Blue Emergency Shelter for Singles has been generously provided
by a grant from the York County COVID19 Response Fund a partnership of the