The Salvation Army Family Caring Center Homeless Shelter Announces New Leadership

Mar 8, 2022 | by Stephanie Godward


EAST LIBERTY, PA (MARCH 8, 2022) – The Salvation Army Family Caring Center, a homeless shelter in East Liberty that keeps families united and whole during a housing crisis, recently hired Sherry Rorison as its new director.

Sherry brings a long history of experience and dedication to serving the most vulnerable in our communities, as she previously served as the Program Director of Light of Life Rescue Mission for more than 30 years. In addition, she also brings strong experiences to The Salvation Army from her position of Manager of Women and Children at City Mission in Washington, PA.

The previous directors of the Family Caring Center, Majors Earnest and Vanessa Fullwood, have retired.

“I look forward to using my position as the new director at The Salvation Army Family Caring Center to provide help and hope to local families by creating a warm and welcoming place for them in their time of need,” Rorison said. “I am eager to explore and create new programming that can enhance our existing services and meet the basic and spiritual needs of every person we serve.”

The Salvation Army Family Caring Center is a 20,000 sq. ft., 2-story facility providing emergency temporary housing for families with or without children. The family-focus makes this shelter special. The 36-bed facility provides an atmosphere of security and togetherness for each family unit as they recover from crisis. The Social Worker provides case management and all coordinated intake services to families, compilation of a service plan, weekly update meetings with each family, advocating for residents, counseling, providing one-on-one assistance with filling out forms, financial guidance and individual budgeting assistance. 

The Center also connects clients with a variety of community agencies that can support their ongoing needs as they become self-sufficient. Yearning for equal parts stability and hope for a brighter future, children and families who find themselves at the Family Caring Center need more than just “a place to stay.” The children are provided with homework help, individual reading assistance along with educational and recreational activities all year.

Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 132 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


Stephanie Godward, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

Email  |  Office: (412) 446-1642  |  Cell: (412) 463-2942

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