Programs

Often homelessness is just the tip of the iceberg; many deeper needs exist beneath the surface. Our Programs for men, women and families help individuals tackle the necessary logistics to end homelessness such as finding employment, childcare and permanent or supportive housing.

Women's Program

Eligibility is reserved for individuals enrolled in the Women's Emergency Shelter.

  • A 3-6 month program for Lancaster County residents
  • The essentials needed to live (shelter, food, showers, toiletries, laundry facilities, clothing)
  • One-on-one, on-site counseling and case management
  • Further referrals to supportive services including financial, employment, housing, education, mental health counseling, recovery and health needs
  • Discussion groups integrating clinical knowledge and Biblical wisdom, including anger management, dealing with feelings, sexual integrity, trauma and abuse, attachments & boundaries and addiction & recovery
  • GED and job search assistance through our onsite Learning and Career Center
  • Christian parenting classes
  • Ongoing invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through devotions, chapel services, group prayer sessions and Biblical counseling

Because of the presence of children and teens, this shelter requires those clients with a drug or alcohol history to have completed a treatment program before admission.

Family Program

Eligibility is reserved for families enrolled in the Family Emergency Shelter.

  • A 3-6 month program for Lancaster County families
  • The essentials needed to live (shelter, food, showers, toiletries, laundry facilities, clothing)
  • One-on-one, on-site counseling and case management
  • An opportunity for a 3-6 month extension
  • Referrals to community services for financial, employment, housing, education, mental health counseling, recovery and health needs
  • GED and job search assistance through our on-site Learning and Career Center
  • Christian parenting classes
  • Ongoing invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through devotions, chapel services, group prayer sessions and Biblical counseling

Because of the presence of children and teens, this shelter requires those clients with a drug or alcohol history to have completed a treatment program before admission.

Residential Employment Program

For men whose primary barriers to moving out of homelessness are employment and housing, we offer:

  • A 3-6 month program for Lancaster County residents
  • The essentials needed to live (shelter, food, showers, toiletries, laundry facilities, clothing)
  • Job assistance through our onsite Learning and Career Center
  • An invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through chapel services

Supportive Services Program

For men who are unable to sustain independent living situations due to severely diminished mental capacities, we offer supportive housing under the care of a qualified social worker, until permanent housing can be found. For individuals who qualify, this program offers:

  • Shelter for Lancaster County residents
  • The essentials needed to live (shelter, food, showers, toiletries, laundry facilities, clothing)
  • Staff who assist in finding permanent housing
  • Staff who are available to make referrals to other community services
  • An invitation to explore and enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ through chapel services

LifeRecovery Program

For men whose homelessness involves addiction or other similar issues, we offer the tools to end the cycle and move out of homelessness. Our spiritually based, 12-month addiction recovery program is an intensive blend of:

  • Christian counseling (group and individual counseling)
  • Life skills (Vocational therapy/employment training, relapse prevention training, spiritual development training, weekly meetings with an offsite mentor, relationship skills training, connection to local churches)
  • Education (GED, computer literacy training, money management training)

To focus on their recovery and growth, individuals are not employed for the first several phases of the LifeRecovery Program. Upon program completion, we are committed to supporting individuals in their transition to permanent housing. This essential piece offers a college track or an employment track, during which we provide the essentials needed to live, including assistance in finding employment.

The Mission
To advance the kingdom by providing rescue and renewal for homeless men, women and children in Lancaster County.

Main Office

210 South Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717.393.7709
mission@wsm.org