November 16, 2021
6:00-8:30 pm
| DoubleTree Resort

The Details

A Time to Reflect and Celebrate

Isaiah 61 is a time to take stock, reflect on this past year, celebrate and honor those who made a difference both at Water Street and in our Lancaster community.

We hope you’ll join us in person for this one of kind event on November 16th at the Doubletree Resort.

The Night Will Include:

  • An insider look into 2021 at Water Street Mission
  • Inspiring stories of God moving at Water Street and in our community
  • Live musical performance
  • An awards celebration of 4 local heroes who’ve made a difference this year
  • Fun gala style event with other Water Street partners
  • Exquisite hors d’oeuvres and desserts

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Student Film Competition

In addition to the four Isaiah 61 community leader awards, this Year’s 4th Annual Isaiah 61 Awards Celebration will also feature a the Isaiah 61 Student Film Competition to honor and reward young filmmakers who best use video as a tool to convey the spirit of Isaiah 61 as seen in Lancaster County. Winning films will be screened during the celebration and cash prizes will be awarded.

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Parking Details

If the Viva Center lot gets full, overflow parking is available in the marked VISITOR spots at the adjacent residences: Cardinal, Eagle and Bluebird(listed in order of shortest walking distance).

Looking to sponsor?

Here's how you can begin

To learn more or by contacting our business ambassador, Sandy Gambone at sgambone@wsm.org or Download the Sponsorship Sheet.

Ready To Compete?

Get all of the details and registration information for the Isaiah 61 Student Film Competition. 

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