Make An Impact

You can boldly join us as we serve hundreds of vulnerable men, women, and families to bring restoration.

Donate

With every dollar you are helping to lift families and individuals out of poverty and bring them Christ-centered love and dignity. 

Volunteer

Through volunteering, you help make our life-changing services possible and have a front row seat to God’s work in our community.

Pray

We believe in the power of prayer and feel the impact of your prayers on our staff, guests, volunteers, and all those we serve. 

Will you join us in restoring lives?

Water Street takes an individualized approach to address the whole needs of each person who comes to us for help.
Learn more about what this journey looks like through our video entitled, Kevin’s Journey.
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What Donors Say

Me and my son wrote an adventure book together. We decided that we wanted to contribute 10% of all of our profits to Water Street Mission. My son loved that Water Street helps to meet many different types of needs that people have in our local community, and we are grateful for the amazing work that they are doing here in Lancaster.
-Simeon Harrar

How You Make a Difference

Time. Treasure. Talents.

Whether it’s through donating your time by volunteering, sharing your treasures through donated goods, or lending your talent to give a boost to our services, here’s how you can give what you can, to impact a life. 

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Time

Volunteers at Water Street don’t go unnoticed. Their impact is felt by staff and guests, helping to expand joy throughout our community. 

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Teasure

With 170+ individuals each night, and 400+ meals served each day, food donations and donated goods have a big impact on those most in need.

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Talent

In our community and throughout the body of Christ, God has given us unique gifts. Find ways you can use your talents to care for hurting individuals.

Want to make a big impact?

Hosting a drive multiplies your impact and is a great way to show your community’s support for vulnerable men, women, and children at Water Street.

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Thanks to our sponsors!

How it all works...

Giving Q&A

We accept food and everyday essentials at our main campus dock. CommunityAid accepts all clothing donations on our behalf. To find more information on suggested donation items visit our Donate Goods page. 

Call 2-1-1 to get connected to resources in our community, including Water Street.

Create an account in our Volunteer Hub to find available hours and ways to get involved volunteering. More information is available if you visit our Volunteer page. 

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Donation Hotline:

(717) 393-7709

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