Be Part of Restoring Lives

Spread the love of Christ and support dignified living for those who need it most, all year round. 

Become a volunteer

Through volunteering, you help make our life-changing services possible and have a front row seat to God working in our community.

Pray with us

We deeply believe in the transformative power of prayer to uplift our ministry, unite our community, and support every individual within it.

See lives changed

Explore the stories of people who, with the embrace of God’s love and a supportive community, are finding healing and restoration. 

Help restore lives

You can give our hurting neighbors healing & hope!

Life transformation happens through Christ… and the generosity of caring friends like you. Your gift provides delicious meals. Safe shelter. And an opportunity to experience God’s love that restores hearts and makes new life possible!

Our Approach

Healing at the Root

Each day we provide more than basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. We invite each person to experience healing in all areas of life, leaving them restored to be restorers.

300+ meals served

In our dining hall each day.

3,000+ medical & dental visits

At Water Street Health Services each year.

Thousands of hours

Of life-skills courses, counseling, and job training monthly.

170+ guests a night

In our Residential Shelter and Providence Shelter.

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Get an inside look of the joys, challenges, and restoration of those experiencing homelessness in Lancaster.

"Before I came to Water Street, I was living a reckless life and I was heading nowhere. I was heading to my death if I continued on. But now that I found Water Street, I got something to live for."
WSM Guest

Our Core Mission

What we do

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. Isaiah 61:1

In the spirit of Gods word in Isaiah 61, we are called to walk alongside those who are most marginalized in our community, those experiencing homelessness or life at the poverty line.

Our Core Mission: In response to Christ’s love, we join with His mission to walk with our neighbors who are experiencing marginalization and poverty, trusting Him to transform lives and restore hope.

Emergency Shelter

Our trauma-informed services are designed to invite guests into deeper engagement, helping them develop a feeling of safety and love that will guide them into further internal work and life-change. Shelter guests find: 

Residential Programs

In our Residential Programs, our guests receive individualized counseling and coaching, as well as a unique action plan and course load, all serving to help guests reimagine and redefine their future. This includes access to:

Community Clinic

Water Street Health Services addresses all dimensions of health to find individualized solutions. Through our medical, dental, and behavioral health counseling practices we give patients the tools they need to overcome major health obstacles and pursue their life goals. Patients receive:

Community Food Bank

The Outreach Center, our Community Food Bank, provides groceries to thousands of individuals a week. We provide nutritious food in our shopping center to bridge the gap between living expenses and paying rent. In the end we want each person to experience God’s provision in their lives and know they are not alone in trying times. 

Here guests find:   

Pre-K and Kindergarten Education

Wonder Club classes focus on  meeting kids at a critical time, when they first interact with education. This high-quality program serves primarily low-income families by offering:

Teen and Young Adults Ministries

Teen Haven sets middle school and high school students on a path of restoration so their identity is based not in what the world says of them, but on God’s love. 

Compass is coming alongside young adults of Lancaster City to help them discover their mission and purpose. We play a key role in:

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Become a Part of Our Healing Community

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Become a monthly hero

Automating your giving on a monthly basis helps give us a firm and predictable foundation to fight poverty and homelessness. 


By donating your time, you can help impact lives and express love to those in need. 

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When you give to Water Street you are sending a message of support to those in need. 

What volunteers say

"I find joy at Water Street. God is definitely present in the relationships of His people, the residents, staff and volunteers. The good friends I have made there are precious to me. There’s a feeling of being in this together! Volunteering is a win/win experience. Water Street makes a difference!"
Sharon B.

Thanks for your support:


Have a question?

We accept food at our main campus dock. For everyday essentials and clothing donations, please call Steve Kleckner, Distribution Logistics Director at (717) 358-2023 or to make a drop-off appointment. To find more information on suggested donation items visit our Donate Goods page. 

Call 2-1-1 to get connected to resources in our community, including Water Street. You can also call our Access Center directly at (717) 358-2030.

Create an account in our Volunteer Hub to find available hours and ways to get involved volunteering. More information is available if you visit our Volunteer page

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Donation hotline:

(717) 393-7709