The Lancaster County Council of Churches
Winter Shelter for Women
The Lancaster County Council of Churches Winter Shelter for Women is open and operating at a new location this year. The shelter is now housed at St. Mary's Catholic Church on the corner of South Prince and Vine Street. This is an amazing volunteer experience to help spread the love of Christ and provide a safe and warm place for homeless women and their children throughout the winter months. The shelter operates every evening of the week from Dec. 1 until March 31, and is open at 7pm until 7am It is staffed by volunteers from various congregations throughout Lancaster County. Volunteers help with greeting guests each night and getting them settled into the shelter. Some volunteers spend the night at the shelter so women can sleep knowing they are safe. In the morning volunteers help guests get organized to leave the shelter for the day. There are no meals or showers available at the shelter. It's close location to Water Street Ministries allows guests to seek those services there.
First Presbyterian will not be organizing a solid week of volunteers this year to help at the shelter. However, the shelter still needs volunteers to help each night. Please consider volunteering at the shelter again this year. Signing up with a friend or a small group of friends would help out considerably.
If you have questions or concerns contact Beth Manners: email- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-299-1126. You can also contact Rebecca Saner, Winter Shelter Director at LCCC, 717-490-0548
Another way to help is to donate items directly to the Lancaster County Council of Churches and designate them as being for the Winter Shelter. Needs include: new/packaged women’s underwear; new/packaged children’s underwear; Cup of Noodles; granola bars; women and children socks (new only); hot cocoa mix; decaf and regular coffee; teas; cheese and peanut butter crackers; etc.
"I was hungry and you fed me. I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink."