A Step in the Right Direction

Opening Up When young women come to us in our emergency shelter, many of them are coming out of unsafe or domestic violence situations. At 9:00 AM, Life Coach LaShanna meets with a group of these women and encourages them to fill out a prayer card with what their needs are. Then, she encourages them […]

Healing Through Art

“This class has been one of the most healing parts of me being here. It’s healed me – mind and soul.” described one guest. Ever since Santiago Social Hall opened last year, we’ve had our first dedicated art space on campus. Tentatively, guests began showing up for their classes, at first too afraid to put […]

Rescue Mission Food Drive brings in over 90,000 lbs. of food for Water Street Mission

When Uncle Leroy of Uncle Leroy’s Candy Kitchen came to Water Street Mission’s loading dock on Thanksgiving Day 2022 with donated cookies and goodies in hand, Chef Terence Reed (Chef T) was beside himself.  “I fanned out. I acted like Michael Jackson had pulled up on the dock,” Chef T reminisced. “The level of excitement […]

Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards Press Release

Water Street Mission Receives $125,000 Grant to Help Teens Named 2023 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards Recipient Lancaster, PA (February 2023) – Water Street Mission has been named the recipient of a $125,000 grant through the annual Chick-fil-A® True Inspiration Awards® program. This grant will directly support the Mission’s Teen Haven program which provides programs and […]

Rescue Mission Food Drive – 2022

Rescue Mission Food Drive Aims to Shatter Records, Sets Goal of 100,000 lbs. of Food for Water Street Mission Lancaster, PA (October 2022) – Water Street Mission is setting the bar high and hoping the generosity from our community will help set a new record for this year’s Rescue Mission Food Drive (RMFD) starting on […]

A Letter Regarding Water Street’s Participation in ExtraGive

Dear Friends, As you know, each fall for the last 10 years, Water Street has participated in a community-wide event called the ExtraGive, sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF). The event itself has been a great day to celebrate the work of the various non-profit organizations working to benefit our community and the […]

A Monthly Hero Profile: Keith Shetter

How did you become interested/connected to Water Street Mission? I did not know the depth of the work at Water Street Mission until after I became part of the ministry. Like many people, I was aware Water Street provided meals and a place to sleep, but that is only the tip of the iceberg, as […]

An Update From Max

Max has already shared many ways his time at Water Street Mission has changed and impacted him. But now, he has some exciting news. Max has paid down $39,000 in debt! He’s working to transition out of the Residential program and looking for a new home. He can do all that because he’s finally on […]

The Day Shelter Renovated

Like many missions, Water Street Mission offers overnight emergency shelter to men, women, and children in the community. We also offer Residential Living, for guests looking to delve deeper into restorative programs. But did you know, one unique feature of Water Street Mission, is our Day Shelter? Providence Day Shelter operates in conjunction with our […]

A Monthly Hero Profile: Bill and Kim Penn

How did you become interested/connected to Water Street Mission? We had heard from family and friends about how Water Street was truly a mission that made a difference in the community. Not only do they provide emergency shelter, feed the hungry, offer a health clinic, but they also provide a mentoring program for teens and […]