What We Do


Didn’t have a place to sleep tonight?

Had a serious health problem and couldn’t work?

Were on disability but could not find affordable housing?

Made mistakes in the past but want to move forward?

For the hundreds of men and women experiencing homelessness in Harford County, the only full service, year-round shelter to turn to is Welcome One Emergency Shelter in Belcamp.

Every night 33 men and women are provided the following services at Welcome One:

  • Safe emergency shelter, bunk, clean linens, and a locker
  • 3 meals daily
  • Laundry and shower facilities and necessary supplies
  • Case management services to assist residents in securing community resources, develop a plan for community housing, and provide hope for a brighter future.

Since 2006, Welcome One Emergency Shelter is the only year, round, full service homeless shelter in Harford County.

The mission of Welcome One Emergency Shelter is to provide safe, emergency shelter and to assist and empower individuals to obtain housing.

Our vision is to be part of the Continuum of Care that will end homelessness in Harford County. The services provided at Welcome One, by our organization and its partners, are focused on stabilizing the individual through case management, physical and mental health treatment, helping them secure employment, and moving them in to housing they can sustain to prevent a return to homelessness.

Case management services assist resident’s in identifying potential pathways to meet their individual housing needs. Case managers also help residents identify other barriers to independent living and connect residents with community resources to address those needs. Some of the common needs addressed are: urgent medical and dental care, mental health and substance abuse issues, identification documents such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and Maryland Identification cards, government benefits, and employment resources. Case managers also schedule classes for residents in life skills through Mohar Wellness, financial literacy through APGFCU, and job readiness with local volunteers.


From July 2019 through June 2020:

  • 162 individuals served
    • Ages 18 to 73 years
    • 21 were Seniors over the ages 62 and over
    • 16 were Veterans
  • 94% of Residents had income of $20,000 or less annually
  • 10,926 nights of shelter were provided
  • 1,031 Volunteers served 4,863 hours