About Downtown Daily Bread

In the Harrisburg community, Downtown Daily Bread is a walk-in resource center for all hungry and homeless individuals. Downtown Daily Bread was founded in 1983 by Pine Street Presbyterian Church.

Our Mission

For thirty-nine years, Downtown Daily Bread has been a gateway to basic human services for hundreds of homeless and hungry individuals in Harrisburg.

We offer a Soup Kitchen with weekday breakfasts and daily lunch meals; a Day Shelter with cots, computers, phones, and staff counselors; a winter season Night Shelter for men, and numerous assistance programs such as showers, lockers, mail delivery, laundry cards, vouchers for photo IDs, clothing, and other personal hygiene items. 

On An Average Day

120

People Eat Meals

35

People Come for Showers

85

People Visit the Day Shelter

60

People Pick Up Mail

Our Outcomes and Successes

Our approach has been successful, and demand for our programs has continued to surge. In 2021, the Day Shelter registered 11,719 visits and assisted 772 unique individuals. Average daily attendance grew from 35 people in January to 68 people by December. The Night Shelter opened one month early in November, and it fills to its 40-person capacity each night.

The Soup Kitchen fed 26,064 guests in 2021. On average, 40-55 people arrived for weekday breakfast meals, and 60-80 came daily for lunch. We continue to be the only location in Harrisburg that offers indoor dining for meals to hungry, homeless individuals. 

We measure project results at individual and organizational levels. Coming in for a shower, clean clothes, a warm lunch, or resting on a dry cot are all examples of small yet significant individual successes. In broader, quantifiable terms, our staff tracks attendance, intake information, and benefits received. This data helps us provide a comprehensive, personal approach for each client.  

Photo by Joe Hermitt, PennLive

Population Served

In Harrisburg, there are hundreds of individuals who live unsheltered. Reasons for homelessness vary from loss of employment to domestic violence, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. The common thread is a lack of supportive relationships with family or friends. Client demographics are 85% male; 8% U.S. veterans; and 55% Black.

Everyone in need is given help regardless of race, gender, beliefs, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Personal Care and Compassion

Matt


It has been almost a year since Matt arrived at the shelter for the first time. He is in his early 20s. Matt needed shelter, guidance, and support to get back into housing and secure a job. He enjoys working at a local hotel, but he recently called to say his hours had been cut due to recent snowstorms.

Could we help him pay the balance of his weekly rent? Based on his history and progress, we contributed to his rent and helped him develop a budget. His next step is to look for a nearby second job that will help him build savings.

Julie


Julie is a client who first visited the shelter in January 2021. At the time, Julie was 69 years old and arrived with two black eyes, cuts, and bruises on her face and body. She was fleeing a chronic domestic violence situation. Julie had a difficult time communicating, struggling with significant hearing loss and illiteracy.

The shelter team worked with her daily for more than 5 months. Julie received shelter, meals, clothing, showers, and personalized counseling that connected her with other community resources for medical attention and housing programs. When a space in an assisted living home was secured for her, she refused it for an unknown reason.

Our team continued to work with her each day, and thankfully, in early summer, she agreed to move forward with a new housing option provided by a partner organization. She continues to visit the shelter to receive mail and meals.

DDB partners with UPMC to provide personal medical care to our clients living on the streets of Harrisburg. Photo credit: Joe Hermitt, Penn Live

DDB provides a place for clients to receive much needed foot care from the UPMC Street Medicine team.

Jeffrey


Jeffrey has been homeless in Harrisburg for the past ten years. He’s in his late 40s and recently diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He regrets his past habits and getting in trouble often with the law.

Staying in the shelter during the day and overnight, Jeffrey checks in with staff daily to stay committed to his plan to change. Since reading and writing are a challenge for him, our Client Counselor fills out Social Security forms with him. Two 10-page forms took two hours to complete. Changing habits and getting help takes time, patience, and persistence. We are here for him while he continues this journey.

Marie


Marie just turned 54 years old. She’s been coming to the shelter for the past three months. Her pattern is to visit for a few days and then disappear for a few. When she is here, Marie talks with staff, eats meals, showers, picks out new clothing, and takes time to rest on a shelter couch. She suffers from schizophrenia and possibly other conditions. It is difficult to help her since most of the time she is delusional, talking to people not present and referring to non-sensical happenings. Our counselor engages her on each visit and hopes to gain more insight. Recently, this meant talking with a social worker at a nearby hospital where Marie had been admitted for a few days. We will continue to be here for Marie to meet her basic needs and interact with counselors. We have also engaged help from our partners Crisis Intervention and UPMC staff too.

Our Partners

Each partner organization generously supports Downtown Daily Bread on a recurring schedule. We are grateful.

Our Staff

Amanda Berman
Client Assistant

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Anthony Jackson - Downtown Daily Bread Shelter Coordinator

Anthony Jackson
Shelter Coordinator

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Christine Patrick
Client Counselor

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Corrie Lingenfelter - Downtown Daily Bread Kitchen Manager

Corrie Lingenfelter
Food Service Operations Manager

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Danny Martin
Homeless Case Manager

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Karen Purrington
Kitchen Assistant

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Michelle Ortega
Custodian

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Robert Edmonson
Client Assistant

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Board of Directors

Jay Himes

President

Former, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Board Officials


Jennifer Garman

Treasurer

Director of Government Affairs, Disability Rights Pennsylvania 

Alicelyn Sleber 

Secretary

 


Sue Wilson

 

Matthew M. Haar

Harrisburg Office Managing Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Advisors

CHARLES (CHIP) M. WASSON                

Senior Vice President
Market Executive
Northwest Bank


JIM SHELLENBERGER, CPA

Principal
McKonly & Asbury

 

MATT KIDO

Director of Sales & Marketing
Hilton Hotels & Resorts


RICHARD SHAW

Elder and Pastor
New Life Christian Church

 

JUDY DILLON

Retired, Community Health
Penn State Health


 

 

Our Volunteers

Volunteers at the Capitol Hunger Garden are key to delivering 1,000+ pounds of fresh vegetables to our Soup Kitchen every June – October. Green salads, veggie soups, and more! Many thanks to the PA Legislative Hunger Caucus for sponsoring the garden and Penn State Master Gardeners for tending it! Picture courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services.

In late March, the youth group from Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Harrisburg donated their time and energy for an afternoon of cleaning in the shelter. They did an outstanding job and contributed $1,500 to our programs! This is one example of the many volunteers and financial gifts that keep our Shelter, Soup Kitchen, and Services open for every person in need, every day.

Adult Learning Center (ALC)

Downtown Daily Bread and Pine Street Presbyterian Church partner with Tri-County OIC to provide adult education in our community. Some of these programs are located in the Downtown Daily Bread facility (known as the Boyd Memorial Building) at 234 South Street, and others take place inside Pine Street Presbyterian Church, located at 310 N. Third Street, Harrisburg.

Other services are offered remotely, or at the Tri-County OIC main facility at 500 Maclay Street in Harrisburg. Adult students include those who participate in programs through Tri-County OIC, and those who access services through Downtown Daily Bread. This partnership has benefitted adult learners in the Harrisburg community for more than six years. Students have prepared to take their high school equivalency exams, learned English as a Second Language (ESL), gained important life skills such as culinary and nurse’s aide training, and received instruction in computer and digital literacy. For more information about this program, visit https://tricountyoic.org/. For a schedule of specific classes and more information about adult education, visit https://tricountyoic.org/adult-education/.

Current Hours and Services

Lunch

Daily

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Use side entrance on Willis Street Alley

 

Saturday – lunch available in the Day Shelter (top floor)

Breakfast

Monday – Friday

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Use side entrance on Willis Street Alley

Day Shelter

7 days/week

 

 

Monday | 7:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday – Friday | 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Use front entrance on 234 South Street

 

 

Mail, Showers, Clothing, Assistance

Monday – Friday

Mail – CLOSED on FRIDAYS

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Use front entrance on 234 South Street

Winter Night Shelter for Men

Open December 1 – March 31

Starting December 1 at 7:00 pm

Use front entrance on 234 South Street

Adult Learning Center

Monday – Thursday

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact staff for operating hours

Do You Need Help?

If you are in immediate need of medical assistance, dial 911. If you are experiencing any other type of crisis OR if it is after hours, please dial 211.

To get started, please visit the Day Shelter during open hours on weekdays, Monday – Friday.

Downtown Daily Bread can help you with the following:

  • Meals
  • Mail delivery
  • Showers
  • Day Shelter (air-conditioned) with cots, phones, computers, and bathrooms
  • Night Shelter
  • Storage lockers
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Case management and counseling
  • Conversation with knowledgeable staff

Frequently Asked Questions

I am hungry. When and where are meals served?

Every day a lunch is served in our Soup Kitchen located at 234 South Street. Use the side entrance on Willis Street alley. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday mornings. Click here for current hours.

What help is available?

Downtown Daily Bread offers:

  • Breakfast and lunch meals
  • Mail delivery
  • Showers and personal hygiene products
  • Air-conditioned, indoor day shelter with cots, phones, computers, and bathrooms, tables, and chairs
  • Storage lockers
  • Clothing and essential items
  • Conversation and support from knowledgeable staff
What is my first step to getting help from Downtown Daily Bread?

Come to the shelter Monday through Friday, and speak with a staff person about your needs. No appointment is needed. We are located at 234 South Street in Harrisburg. Click here for current hours. Please bring a form of ID. If you do not have one, we will assist you in that process.

How do I get help when Downtown Daily Bread is not open?

For non-life-threatening situations, call 211. Managed by United Way of Pennsylvania, 211 allows all residents of Pennsylvania to have access to customized health, housing and human services information in one place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Language services are available.

Do I need to bring a form of ID?

For breakfast and lunch meals, no ID or check-in is required. For all other services, you must complete a brief intake form with a staff member and show us an ID. If you do not have one, we will assist you in that process.

Do you have a place to store belongings at Downtown Daily Bread?

Yes, we have 55 lockers in our building that are assigned to individuals on a short-term basis. To find out about availability, come to the shelter and speak with a staff person Monday through Friday. We are located at 234 South Street in Harrisburg. Click here for current hours.

Can I have my mail delivered to Downtown Daily Bread?

Yes. To get started, come talk with a staff member Monday through Friday. We are located at 234 South Street in Harrisburg. Click here for current hours. Please bring a form of ID. If you do not have one, we will assist you in that process.

When can I pick up my mail?

Mail can be picked up at our building at 234 South Street in Harrisburg any weekday (Monday through Friday) morning. Click here for current hours. We do not check your mail over the phone.

I need clothes. What do I do?

Please come to the shelter Monday through Friday, and speak with a staff member. Click here for current hours.

Get in Touch

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering to serve lunch on a weekday at Downtown Daily Bread from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, please send us a message or call us at (717) 238-4717.

Other Information

Fill out our form or give us a call. You must stop by our shelter during our regular hours to access most services.






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