Our Mission Statement

The mission of the NEPA Youth Shelter is to provide quality emergency shelter and related services to unaccompanied youth ages 14 through high school graduation from all counties in NEPA. The Shelter will provide essentials such as food, clothing, and bathrooms, as well as services such as educational support, counseling, family reunification, and/or preparation for independent living. With a focus on social justice and advocacy, the Shelter will be welcoming to youth from all backgrounds and especially affirming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth, as this population constitutes a high percentage of homeless youth in our area.


Board of Directors approved 7/28/17

Our Board: 

President: John W. Rosengrant
Vice President: Paul Datti
Secretary: Ashanti Littlejohn
Treasurer: Nicholas Yost
At Large Member: April Guse
At Large Member: Brianna Rowles
At Large Member: Larry Pugliese
At Large Member: Nadine Gowarty
At Large Member: Martin Russo
At Large Member: Alita Soulsby
At Large Member: Kevin Colleran, MD
At Large Member: Randy Davis
At Large Member: Andrew Cutillo, Esq.  


Executive Director & Founder: Maureen Maher-Gray
Life Skills Coach: Lexi Kishel
Mental Health Therapist: Dominick Petitto
Administrative Assistant 2: Janell Johnson
Our Core Values
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