The 2021 Isaiah 61 Awards Celebration

The reason why Lancaster is such a great place to live, is ultimately, because of the people! And each year, we get to celebrate just 4 of them, each one going above and beyond to make a difference in our community. Through the Isaiah 61 Awards Celebration, we honor men and women serving those who […]

What’s Your Next Move?

Ryan sat down in the day shelter for his first day on the job. He looked around at the sea of faces and didn’t know where to begin, or how to spark a conversation. Someone suggested he play a board game with a guest, so he figured he would just give it a try. He […]

Drive Away Hunger 2021

We raised $57,000 this summer! This years Drive Away Hunger event brought so many members of community together to help feed neighbors thru our food bank in Lancaster over this hot summer!   But we couldn’t have done it without our amazing sponsors!   Lets take a moment to thank BCF Group, Engle Printing & […]

A Monthly Hero Profile: Bob Hatcher

How did you become interested/connected to Water Street Mission? As a new resident to Lancaster, I had heard of Water Street Mission (WSM) from others at church and I sought an opportunity to work there. I joined the WSM staff for one year and developed a deep respect for Water Street; their vision, mission, purpose, […]

A Monthly Hero Profile: Chris Walker

How did you become interested/connected to Water Street Mission? I became aware of Water Street Mission when my sister began working for this great Organization. As I began researching what they were doing in the community, and the culture within the Organization, I felt very compelled to get involved. I enjoy reading the monthly newsletters, […]

A Monthly Hero Profile: Carol Esch

How did you become interested/connected to Water Street Mission? Several years ago I received a mailing from Water Street describing their work and their need for volunteers in various areas. I was intrigued by the idea of going on a tour of WSM, and when I did, I was so amazed at the breadth and […]

A Monthly Hero Profile: Chet and Sharon Beiler

How did you become interested/connected to Water Street Mission? For many years Sharon and I have been aware of and pleased to partner with the wonderful work of WSM. We have had the privilege of working with others in our community who have encouraged us to support the work and reach out to those in […]

The Virtual Isaiah 61 Awards Celebration 2020

“The LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Isaiah 61 Each year we recognize four individuals who represent Water Street Mission’s values, uplifting the most vulnerable, and turning their own hardships into grace and love for the Lancaster community. Like Jack Crowley, President of Water Street Mission explained last Friday night, […]

Living Transformed

“Life is what happens after you’ve already made plans,” said someone a long time ago.  For many of the people who walk through our doors here at Water Street, their life plan didn’t include becoming homeless.  It just happened after life tossed them something they didn’t plan.  Deborah arrived at Water Street after a long battle with […]

Leaving Poverty

When Jose was in the third grade he moved into a room at Water Street Ministries also known as the Mission.  He didn’t want to be called “homeless” and he didn’t want to be called a “shelter kid”.  Those were some of the things he remembers.  Beyond that, Jose looks back on that year of eating, sleeping, and growing […]