Saint John's Community Services - Emergency Shelter

Resource Details
Alternate Name SJCS Homeless Services (formerly Ithaca Rescue Mission)
Description Coronavirus Update as of 3/18:
The Friendship Center will be open only to those who present as someone in need of bathroom, shower, pantry food, mail or emergencies.  Individuals who have someplace else to go (their own residences) will not be allowed to enter.  People staying at the shelter can use the Friendship Center to obtain essential needs, they will then be asked to go back to their room or go outside. People will not be allowed to “hang out” in the Friendship Center. Clients placed in hotels will be expected to stay at the hotel. CWP clients will not be transported to the Salvation Army, they will be instructed to walk there and report at an assigned time.

Help for Tompkins County individuals, homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, in finding safe and secure housing and  financial means to keep it.
Outreach and prevention case managers help shelter residents with:
  • support
  • information and referral
  • landlord/tenant mediation
  • housing solutions for homeless individuals staying at the shelter
For emergency shelter: FIRST call or visit  Department of Social Services (DSS) Special Services Unit during business hours. (8:30 am -5 pm). Eligible individuals will be referred directly to the shelter from DSS.

  After 5 pm, individuals must call IPD 607-272-3245 and have them connect them with DSS Special Services on-call staff.

Cold weather: If the temperature is below 32 degrees F, individuals needing shelter, even if they have children and/or are ineligible for DSS services, should come to the shelter, or call 607-354-8990
Coverage Area NY - Tompkins County;

Defined coverage areas:
New York - Tompkins County
Physical Address 618 West State Street
Ithaca City NY
14850 United States
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Hours Of Operation 24 hours.
Contact Information
Mailing Address 618 W State St
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
Main 607-354-8990
Main Contact Name Roy Murdough
Main Contact Email Address


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