Gateway Shelter

The Gateway Emergency Shelter for Women and Children is a 30-60 day Homeless Shelter that provides assistance with connecting residents to Housing options and Supportive Services to find permanent affordable housing.  Each family receives all essential needs while living at our shelter.
Case Management and Homeless prevention services are provided to each resident during their stay at the Shelter.

In addition, the necessary resources are given to women to support their children. obtain employment and education . 


Samara House

Samara House’s Mommy and Me program is under the umbrella of the Community, Youth and Women’s Alliance, Inc. (CYWA).  The facility is licensed by the PA Department of Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Services.

With over 25+ years of operation, the program has evolved to be a 6-month treatment facility, specializing in drug and alcohol addiction and unique in meeting the needs of mothers and their children and promoting the 12-steps as a foundation on which to build a healthy family.  All services are individualized with treatment planning based on the biopsychosocial and its identified strengths and weaknesses.

If anyone is in need of our services, please contact our main office @ 610-384-9591 for more information.

Housing Program

The primary goal is to provide safe, clean, affordable housing, to low income individuals and families within the local community.

As our rent is low the program is an important stepping stone to greater independence, without which many families would not be able to achieve self-sufficiency.

Family Center

Parent As Teachers National Program (PAT)
Our Certified Parent Educators provide:

  • Child Development and Parenting Assistance
  • Access to necessary resources: food and clothing
  • Parent Groups
  • Health & Developmental Screenings
  • Home Visitations
  • Much More

Food Distribution

The food distribution program of the CYWA is the most robust program we offer to the residents/clients and people of the community. We have a diverse group of volunteers and donors who are dedicated to helping those in need.

We have a variety of donors that provide everything from fresh produce, baked goods, meat, and non-perishable items. Among our food donors are: Chester County Food Bank, Philabundance, Lords Pantry, Whole Foods, Grocer’s Against Hunger, Walmart, Giant, Wegman’s, Acme, Paoli Friends, Wawa, and local farmers.