Camden homeless shelter is expanding — both in size and services

Andrew Kramer
May 14, 2019 - 4:00 am

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Joseph's House of Camden has been giving the homeless food and a place to stay for nearly a decade.

That won't change, but an expansion and renovation project at the shelter has begun that, when finished, will allow them to do much more for their guests.

"Providing specific substance abuse, mental health, and employment training, and housing location and counseling services that can really help someone move to the next level," explained Joseph's House executive director James Wynn.

Right now, Joseph's House only offers overnight services and day services occasionally. But as they expand to the entire building they are currently in, they'll be available to the homeless 24/7. And with these additional services, "(we can) help folks not just turn their lives around, but get back to where they were," said Wynn.

James Wynn, executive director of Joseph's House of Camden.
Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio

Once the project is finished (probably sometime late summer), Joseph's House will also be able to provide more beds for the homeless, a bigger dining room and more storage space.

"The entire project - the expansion of the day services, the expansion of Joseph's House shelter side where we'll be moving from an 80-bed capacity to a 90-bed capacity - all of that will cost the organization around $1.2 million," added Wynn.

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