Helping Women to Permanency

At any given time, 15 young women call The Dwelling Place home.
Presently our residents are between ages 20-28.
Each woman and her case manager work on an Individualized Service Plan that is unique to their goals. The plan is coupled with clinical support guidance and positive activities to help women build a sustainable and self-supported life. 

The staff offers a range of services to fulfill each woman’s individual needs while nurturing their unique talents.

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2022 Annual Appeal

Thank you for considering this important and urgent appeal. You can make your gift by mail or give it online on our website. Please be our ambassadors and share this letter with your family, friends, and co-workers. Let us each be a friend at the side of the women of The Dwelling Place. Together, we can transform lives.

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Our Mission

The Dwelling Place of NY, in the spirit of its founders, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, advocates for women experiencing homelessness in an atmosphere of unconditional welcome, caring, compassion and respect, and provides transitional housing, food, workforce training and other supportive services so they can rebuild their lives.

Since 1977, we’ve provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women. 

We live the mission of The Dwelling Place through our daily commitment to:

  • Be a voice for women who cannot be heard: the homeless, the hungry, the hurting.
  • Welcome each and every woman as a guest: regardless of her race, religion or background.
  • Offer personalized services to each of our residents.
  • Provide the services that support independence: through therapeutic education, collaboration and safety.
  • Create a safe place for women to heal, refresh, and renew as they begin a new phase of their lives.

Services Include...

  • A warm and soothing and safe place to call her own,
  • Three meals each day with an emphasis on healthy eating- respecting any and all dietary needs,
  • Individual guidance offered by an assigned case manager and an outside therapist,
  • Partnerships with medical and mental health providers,
  • Linkage with workforce developments programs,
  • Money management,
  • Variety of programmatic offerings such as art therapy, horticultural therapy, and yoga,
  • Assistance in finding housing that fits individual needs.

As with any group of people, everyone has individual needs. To address such needs, we might host groups such as Safe relationship groups, Women’s Groups, Trauma-Focused Groups, etc., with the hope that residents choose and participate in those from which they can benefit. We encourage open discussion and ensure that all women are treating each other with respect.

Handing out food in cafeteria

Weekly Community Dinner

We also serve a weekly community dinner on Wednesdays to assist those who need assistance. We offer a bag of hot food, shelf stable items, fresh produce and fruit and with the help of our partners are working towards offering a full bag of food. We are also prepared with personal items such as hand sanitizers and masks, womens hygiene products, hats, gloves, scarves, and a variety of other items people need during this difficult time we are all experiencing.

Our Values

We are committed to helping women in need and ending homelessness.
We provide services that center around individual growth and development.
We provide uniquely designed programming to help women become more independent and self-sufficient.
We connect with the broader community with the shared value to assist in finding homeless women access to independent living.
We are dedicated to serving our women and our community with the highest ethical standards and transparency.

Thank you to our Strategic Partners:

Franciscan Sisters of Allegany

Trinity Church of Wall Street

Catholic Charities


Housing Works

Lola Taverna and Jibs restaurants

Project Renewal

Holy Cross Church

The Hort

Coalition for the Homeless

Scotia Bank

Exhale to Inhale

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