Winter Wear

Your clothing donations not only keep others warm and protected, but also help instill dignity and confidence.

What Do We Take?

Accepted Donations

Due to limited space for storage on campus, as well as staff to care for and organize donations, we limit the types of clothing and linens that we receive.

The only clothing items Water Street will accept are the following:

  • Coats (new)
  • Gloves (rated for negative degree weather)
  • Hats (rated for negative degree weather)
  • Underwear (new)
  • Men’s Undershirts (new)
We will also accept the following linen items:
  • Twin Sheets (new)
  • Twin Blankets (new)
  • Baby Blankets (new)
  • Baby Washcloths (new)
hammercreek mennonite church quilts

What About Other Clothing Donations?

Meet CommunityAid

In order to keep staff focused on caring well for the needs of our campus guests and community neighbors, Water Street has partnered with thrift store experts – CommunityAid – to care for our guests’ clothing needs.  Community Aid takes many of the donations that Water Street does not. You can find a list by clicking on the button below.

When you donate your new or gently used items to CommunityAid on behalf of Water Street, they donate a portion of the profits to us. Not only that, they also donate CommunityAid gift cards to our guests so they can shop for free!

Just mention Water Street, and our code, 40001, when donating to CommunityAid!

When and Where?

Dock Hours and Location

Monday – Saturday

7:00 AM To 5:30 PM


How to Donate on Behalf of Water Street

If you would like to donate clothing to CommunityAid on behalf of Water Street, bring your clothing donation to the following location, and mention Water Street.


31 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, PA 17603, 

Phone Number: 717-412-7706



Looking for a local CommunityAid bin to drop off donations?

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