If You Need Help

If you need food or help paying a bill, please go to the Joseph House Crisis Center.

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.

Please wear a mask when you are inside the Crisis Center. This is a safety precaution because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crisis Center Hours: Hours vary by department. See below.
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 between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. After signing in, you will be asked to wait outside or in your car until you are called. This is a COVID-19 safety precaution. 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.

If we can help you with a financial need, it is usually once per year. If you need additional help, we can assist you in finding other resources. You will find links for government assistance and other programs on this page: Other Resources.

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

Rental and utility assistance for COVID-19 related loss of income is available for residents of Wicomico County through Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services. Visit their website for details: https://www.salisburynhs.org/

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 Dining Room is closed until further notice because of the pandemic. Bag lunches are usually available in the meantime.

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. Visitors can receive food, take a shower, and have clothes laundered. 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.

Click here for Other Resources, including government programs and assistance.