Response to COVID

Protecting our guests, staff, and volunteers–so we can continue our service to Lancaster County.

Water Street Mission’s Response To COVID-19

Updates from Jack


Dear Friends,

Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas season! As we welcome the new year, I realize it has been a while since I have provided an update regarding how Water Street is managing through the ongoing pandemic, so I’d like to take a moment to fill you in.

We continue to thank God for his provision and protection through this challenging season. We have not gone untouched by the virus and even experienced a bit of a small outbreak among our guests in early December. But thankfully, none of our guests or staff suffered significant or lasting physical impacts from the virus. Additionally, we were able to secure sufficient quarantine space both on and off campus to provide safety to those who tested positive and protection from exposure for our other guests.

We continue to keep precautions in place on campus while returning as much of our programming back to normal as possible. We also face the ongoing challenge of keeping staffing levels consistent while managing staff exposures and infections. We are so grateful to our team for their diligence in caring for our guests and one another through this season. And we are grateful to each of you for your continued support and prayers through it all!

Jack Crowley



Steps Water Street is Taking to Adapt to Covid-19
  • Ongoing screening and testing of guests with symptoms.
  • Designated space for quarantine in the event guests do test positive for COVID-19.
  • Collaborating with Lanco My Home, Tabor Community Services, CAP, the city and the county to ensure that critical services are available.
  • Maintaining close contact with the CDC and Lancaster General to continue to adapt and respond quickly to any changes.
  • Food Distribution is operating under our usual hours: Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30pm OR Wed. 9:30am-12:00pm. Anyone can come again on Fridays from 10:00am-12:00pm for Bread, pastry, and produce. No ID necessary on Fridays only.

Donation Hotline:

(717) 393-7709