Reverberate 2020 Press Release



Matt Clement


Water Street Mission, Lancaster Bible College, Willow Valley, and WJTL Unite Together for an Evening of Praise across Lancaster County

Lancaster Faith Communities Adapt their 2nd Annual Reverberate Night of Worship to Meet in Various Locations, and Overcome COVID-19 Obstacles.

Lancaster, PA (August 31, 2020) – Reverberate Lancaster, a night of praise that unifies believers across denominations, will be meeting in dozens of locations throughout the county. Last year, over 1500 attendees gathered at Spooky Nook Sports complex, but to meet guidelines and reduce large gatherings, attendees will meet in homes, churches, backyards and parking lots around Lancaster, so believers can uplift one another while still maintaining the safety standards set by Governor Wolf.

The all county event, which will take place on September 22, 2020, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, invites all participants to join a broadcast from three local church locations throughout the evening, and be united in praise. They’ll also have the opportunity to share stories of how God has showed up in this difficult year and pray for one another.

In discussing why it was so important to overcome the barriers presented by COVID-19, Jack Crowley, President of Water Street Mission stated, “So many families, churches and businesses are feeling the impact of the times we are living in. We want to take a moment to show our faith in the midst of everything and recognize how God is still faithful to us. This year, it feels important to carry on, and help each other recognize the ways Christ brings us together. We are so thankful to our supporters and sponsors who have continued to be faithful and are choosing to help us spread this message of trusting in God and celebrating his goodness.”

You can find more information regarding Reverberate at and sign up to participate at a location near you. Attendees will experience:

  • An exciting, uplifting and Christ-centered night of worship.
  • A chance to unite with those in their neighborhood, across denominations, worship styles, ages, races, and ethnicities.
  • A broadcast from 3 key church locations throughout the evening.

About Water Street

Since 1905, Water Street Mission has provided an environment of hope and healing where at-risk men, women, and children in Lancaster County can find a hand-up and restoration with God. In addition to food and shelter, all guests have access to medical, dental, behavioral health, spiritual, and career support while on campus. For more information about the programs and services of Water Street Mission, visit

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An Update from Jack 5/4/2020


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