Join Our Team

Help us create a healing environment for those in need in the Lancaster community.

Use Your Talents to Make a Difference

Make a Living, Loving

Everyday, employees at Water Street make a meaningful difference in the lives of the hurting and vulnerable men, women and children, many of whom are going through a season of homelessness.

From our case managers and coaches to those who work in the kitchen or offices, the team at Water Street is dedicated to creating a healing environment where God can restore lives and give a new future to thousands of individuals and families in Lancaster County.

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“Water Street Mission is a historic organization that has been the literal hands-and-feet of Jesus, advancing the Kingdom of God in our local area, both through relationship and through so many different efforts of missionary, relief, and rescue work. I had no idea how much they did, until I started working here. I’m honored to come onboard and walk with our guests on their spiritual journey.”
Jeff McLain, Campus Pastor

Shared values. Shared vision.

Our Core Values

The entire team at Water Street embraces the values of:

  • Dependence on our God. We look to God as our source of vision, provision, and transformation.
  • Partnership with Community. We desire to team with others in caring for the poor.
  • Grace as our Model. We demonstrate God’s love in the context of personal responsibility.
  • Service to the Church. We exist as a resource of and in service to the Body of Christ.
  • Authenticity In Relationships. We minister with sincerity to everyone because each is a priority to Christ.

If you aspire to these values as well, you might be a good candidate for a career with us.

To get a feel for our culture and why we do what we do, please watch the video from our Mission Makeover.

Steps to Joining the Team

Check out our open positions

To view our current openings and submit your resume for initial screening, click the button below. If selected to proceed further, you will be asked to complete an online application and to submit a summary of your spiritual journey.

How To Apply

Interested candidates can submit a resume and cover letter to hr@wsm.org. 

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