If You Need Help

If you need help with food or paying a bill, please go to the JOSEPH HOUSE CRISIS CENTER. Assistance is not given at the Little Sisters’ convent. The Crisis Center provides Financial Assistance, a Food Pantry, and a Dining Room. There is also a Hospitality Room for men and women who are homeless.

Hours: Hours vary by department. See below for information.
Phone: 410-749-4239.
Location: 812 Boundary Street, Salisbury, Maryland.
Scroll down for a map (note: County Shop Road is the same as Boundary Street).

You can apply for help in paying a bill on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.

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 residency requirements in order to apply for help. In other words, it does not matter where you live, although you must apply in person.

You need to bring a photo ID 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 rental deposit, a lease agreement or a letter from a landlord is required. To receive help with a utility bill (electric, gas, or water), a cut-off notice is required. We will consider any other request for help as long as you can document your need.

We will do our best to help you get through your crisis. There is, however, no guarantee that we can assist you. You may be referred to another agency if that agency has funds available. The Joseph House is for people who have no other options.

Families with dependent children need to bring proof from the Department of Social Services that they have applied there for emergency assistance.

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 ID, 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.

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.

The Hospitality Room is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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.


Homeless Alliance for the Lower Shore of Maryland
Provides an up-to-date list of where to go for help for many types of needs: shelters, health care, transportation, etc. Click on the link to download the latest pdf copy of their booklet.

Links for Government Assistance

Maryland Assistance Program Resources
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Child Care Subsidy Program
The income eligibility amount has been increased to allow more families to take advantage of child care subsidies.

General Assistance Services and Programs
Delaware Assist

Common Help
Virginia Department of Social Services