Reaching Out...Changing Lives

Emergency Shelter for Men

The 59-bed Emergency Shelter provides safe lodging, meals, clothing, critically needed counseling, education, advocacy and referrals to agencies that meet the needs of the clientele. The overall goal is to help homeless people improve their quality of life, become self-sufficient and get reestablished in the community. Ours is the only emergency shelter of its kind from Syracuse to Schenectady, New York.

The Emergency Shelter provided 18,875 shelter nights of care to homeless men.  The men experienced a 70% success rate in moving to permanent and/or transitional housing. The shelter was at or beyond capacity 120% of the time. Our average length of stay per individual was 14 days. This continues to be due to economic challenges and lack of affordable housing and employment.

While in our care, residents are provided with:

  • Free, nutritious meals are served to anyone in the community who is hungry for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Counseling, advocacy and referrals to help with other critical needs.
  • Free clothing.
  • Skills for Success Job Training Program – A construction skill building program where individual strive to gain meaningful career opportunities and employment through a construction trades program.

For more information, you can download the Emergency Shelter brochure or contact:

Abdul Vohid, Emergency Shelter Coordinator


315-735-1645 ext. 2151






Physical Location 205 Rutger Street
Utica, NY 13501


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