If You Need Help

If you need help, please go to the Joseph House Crisis Center. Assistance is not given at the convent of the Little Sisters.

The Joseph House Crisis Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. It is located at 812 Boundary Street, Salisbury, Maryland. The phone number is 410-749-4239.

The Joseph House Crisis Center provides the following:

Cash Assistance for Emergencies: Please arrive by 8:00 a.m. to draw a number for a lottery that determines the order in which clients will be seen. We cannot accept appointments. There are no residence requirements in order to receive help.

You need to bring a photo I.D. and proof of your income and expenses. This means pay stubs, benefit letters, bills, and receipts.

To receive rental assistance, a court-ordered eviction notice is required. To receive help with a utility bill, a cut-off notice is required. You may be referred to another agency if that agency has funds to help you. The Joseph House is for people who have no other options.

Families with dependent children need to bring a denial slip from the Department of Social Services.

Dining Room: The Crisis Center serves a hot meal between 10:30 a.m. and noon every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The meals are available for anyone.

Food Pantry: The Pantry is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you need help from the Food Pantry, please bring a photo I.D., proof of your income, and a Social Security card for every member of your household.

Due to increased demand, only residents of Wicomico County can receive food from the Food Pantry. Each eligible household can receive food one time per month.

Hospitality Room: The Hospitality Room is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is only for men and women who are homeless. Shower and laundry services are available. Please use the side entrance at the Crisis Center.

Men who are homeless who wish to enter the Joseph House Workshop can speak with a Hospitality Room volunteer at the Crisis Center. They can also call the Workshop at 410-749-8150.

Links for Government Assistance


Maryland Assistance Program Resources

Maryland Department of Human Resources


General Assistance Services and Programs

Delaware Assist


Common Help

Virginia Department of Social Services