Evangeline Booth Miracle Home
The Booth Home is an emergency homeless shelter that houses women and children.
The residents are offered a safe and comfortable place to stay, with:
- private rooms,
- three meals a day,
- laundry facility,
- telephone access,
- referral services, and
- case management to help the women continue on a positive path as they move through the journey of life.
The shelter accommodates 15 women, and with children, a total of 21 residents. Ten people comprise the around-the-clock staff.
Length of stay can vary from one day to 90. Over the course of the year, more than 650 women and 420 children receive shelter and services.
Who was Evangeline Booth?
Evangeline Booth was the first woman General in The Salvation Army. She had a special fondness for the United States, serving as U.S. commander for 30 years before being elected general in 1934.
Her tremendous evangelical efforts included an expansion of the army's social services program, including the implementation of food and shelter depots and salvage brigades for the unemployed.
She was a staunch friend of all in need without discrimination.
The Booth Home is honored to bear her name.
Why are these women and children homeless?
Homelessness occurs for many reasons, including fires, domestic violence, eviction, drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, job loss, and medical problems. Many of the women are also suffering from severe emotional trauma.
We see all these problems at The Booth Home and have learned that they are not insurmountable.
With the right help and support, miracles can and do happen.
Booth Home Made Possible by the Support of Many
Booth Miracle Home is supported by Schenectady County Department of Social Services, local churches, HPNAP, and private donations.