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715 North 6th Street

Reading, PA 19601

LightHouse Women’s & Children’s Center provides temporary housing to women and children experiencing homelessness. Guests are offered a length of stay up to six months and are given the opportunity to get back on their feet in a peaceful environment that offers privacy, dignity and security.


Our 43-room facility is for both mothers with children and single women. We provide individual rooms with access to a private bathroom, shower, microwave, and small refrigerator and freezer. These rooms are flexible spaces which can accommodate larger families through adjoining doors. We do have several designated ADA compliant rooms for individuals with mobility needs.

Guests are offered spiritual enrichment opportunities where they can learn about the gospel and deepen their relationship with God. Guests are provided case advocacy where they are linked to supportive services such as medical and behavioral health service, education, employment, government assistance (food stamps, Medicaid, childcare vouchers) and housing search supports. Referrals are made based on the needs of each household and dependent upon the eligibility requirements of those outside programs. We believe that by providing a safe place to stay where we stabilize and empower our guests, they will be able to obtain stable and sustainable housing. 


  • Head of Household is over the age of 18 

  • Able to live independently including monitoring medications, managing finances, cooking, cleaning, managing transportation and other independent living skills

  • Committed to recovery

    • Willingness to live a clean and sober lifestyle

    • Submission to random drug tests

    • Engagement with appropriate services

Male children of guests up to age 18 will be admitted.  We do not admit adult males. Significant others or male children 18 or older will need to apply or contact other shelters. The Mission can be contacted at 610-375-4224. Limited exceptions may be made if an 18 to 21-year-old male child in the household cannot live independently due to severe disability or impairment. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.


  • Case advocacy services

  • 3 meals offered a day

  • Onsite laundry 

  • Activity room for children 

  • Community space 

  • Onsite health clinic

  • Pet friendly (animals must be up to date on vaccines and non-disruptive to the general community)


Guests are required to participate in at least 5 hours of community service weekly in one of the following areas:

  • kitchen

  • community garden

  • housekeeping

  • maintenance

  • grounds

  • office support


  • Complete the application on our application page.

  • You will receive an automated message verifying that your application was submitted. 

  • Due to the volume of applications, we may not respond directly to each application.

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