Compelled By
Love - 2021

Find resources from the 2021, Compelled by Love Zoom event here!

Main Sessions

This year, pastors came together over zoom, led by Jack Crowley, President of Water Street Mission, and Peter Greer, CEO of HOPE International. Check out the main session in this Youtube Playlist. 

Who is my Neighbor?

Some of you were interested in accessing the Neighborhood Block Card that Jack mentioned in the first session. You can access that below: 

2021 Thought Leaders:

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Peter Greer

President and CEO
HOPE International
Peter Greer is the President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia and Zimbabwe and as managing director for Urwego Community Bank in Rwanda.

He received a B.S. in international business from Messiah College and an MPP in political and economic development from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has written The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014; selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Stop Helping Us (2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son Keith, 2014), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley, 2015), 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015), Created to Flourish (with Phil Smith, 2016), The Board and the CEO (with David Weekley, 2017), and Rooting for Rivals (with Chris Horst, 2018; selected as a 2019 Leadership Resource of the Year in Outreach Magazine).

Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner.

Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children, Keith, Liliana, and Myles.
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Jack Crowley

President
Water Street Mission
Jack Crowley has served as President of Water Street Mission since 2014, bringing over 20 years of experience with the Mission. He previously served as Executive Director of Teen Haven, a part of the Senior Leadership Team since 2004, and served as Interim President prior to being appointed. Jack has a love for urban communities, youth, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Serving at Water Street allows Jack to fulfill his passion for equipping and motivating others to work collaboratively for the glory of God and the healing and wholeness of our cities. Through his work, he focuses on developing models for maximizing partnerships with local churches and community service organizations.

Jack earned a B.A. degree in Government and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. Jack enjoys golfing and playing the guitar. He serves on the Leadership Team of his church, is a worship ministry leader, and serves on the board of Community Basics, Inc. a local developer of affordable housing. Jack and his wife, Tanya, and four daughters reside in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to our Steering Committee:

  • Activ8
  • Calvary Church
  • First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg
  • Mission Church
  • Worship Center

 

Questions? Contact Maria Schaszberger at mschaszberger@wsm.org.

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An Update from Jack 5/4/2020

12/17/2020

Dear Friends,

Throughout this season, we have encountered a number of challenges in operating our shelter safely. Thankfully we have been blessed to see no community spread among our guests. This is due not only to the work of our team, but also the ways that upgrades to our facilities came at just the right time.

For example, Providence Shelter, which opened in November 2019, provides additional spacing and a top-tier air filtration system. We have also been able to implement the same air filtration standards in our dining hall prior to the most recent wave of COVID.

Because a high percentage of our guests have preexisting health conditions, we have had to be diligent in our safety protocols, doing our best to ensure their safety. For us that has included implanting all CDC disinfecting, masking and social distancing from the very beginning. This has led to major changes in roles and responsibilities of staff. Staff have taken over disinfecting in shifts all over campus. They have also delivered much of our support services and programs through zoom, hosting counseling sessions and classes virtually and meeting in-person with plexi-glass dividers only when necessary.

For meals, we’ve changed preparation and delivery to help minimize interaction of guests who live in different facilities. At times that has meant delivering meals to certain Residential Floors so we can keep smaller groups in the dining hall. We have also had to restrict guests’ travel on and off campus to only essential trips such as going to work, the doctors, shopping etc., in order to minimize unnecessary exposure.

Another change in this season has been how we do intakes. Currently, the intake process requires new guests to be tested for COVID-19. They await their test results in a separate temporary shelter we have set up, before entering Providence Emergency Shelter.

All of these changes have been made while severely limiting the number of volunteers on campus. At one point, all volunteering was completely put on hold. Now, we are running with a third of our normal volunteers.

And it’s been tiring, for both staff and guests. We have had times where many staff were working remotely due to their own health risks. Other times where staff or guests have been quarantined due to exposures. But even with all of the schedule changes, increased overtime, and cross-shift working, our team has done an amazing job persevering through all of the challenges.

What to Expect This Winter Typically we have over 200 total guests on campus, over 100 in our Residential Programs over and 100 in our Emergency Shelters. Although our Residential capacity remains about the same, we have had to reduce the available beds in Providence Shelter to ensure safe spacing overnight from about 75 to 55.

Winter always presents its own challenges, so we anticipate this year will be no different. Women in our Providence Shelter have moved over to the shelter at St. Mary’s across the street, run by the Lancaster Food Hub. During their stay there they have full access to all of our services, including showers, food and staff support. Not only does having women shift to St. Mary’s enable us to free up additional beds for men, it will help us keep the shelter populations separate and limit the risk of spread.

Thank You We have been so encouraged by the support we have received this year. Without a community coming around us and our guests, we would not be able to keep our guests safe and continue to guide them in their restoration journeys. We truly couldn’t do what we do without you.

Jack Crowley

President