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As Lancaster responds to the coronavirus, our Community Benefit Organizations (nonprofits) need us more than ever. Local organizations are dealing with uncertainty as they are challenged to serve clients in creative ways while navigating budget shortfalls due to cancelled fundraising events, the inability to fulfill government contracts due to school closures, and many other sources of revenue loss.

Learn more about the work our amazing Community Benefit Organizations are doing during this crisis and consider supporting those that are close to your heart.

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Bridge of Hope

Bridge of Hope has been ending family homelessness in Lancaster County for over 30 years. By creating a 3-way partnership between a family facing homelessness, a case manager and a group of 6-8 Neighboring Volunteers from a local church, we provide a community of support. Families exit the program with sustainable housing, improved financial position and relationships that empower. During this crisis every family in Bridge of Hope serves has been impacted. Most are either currently unemployed or working on the front line. For some, childcare closed just when their employers needed essential workers. To meet the critical needs, we have increased rental assistance and emergency funds. We have established a Coronavirus Response Fund to raise additional funds that were not budgeted and serve more families than originally planned in the next months.

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Clare House

Clare House transforms the lives of women and their children through an employment-focused program providing safety, housing, and supportive services with the goal of financial stability. Every day Clare House receives calls from women who find themselves homeless as a result of abusive relationships, addiction, loss of employment, or simply slipping through "the system." These women need a safe place for themselves and their children where they can turn their lives around. They need someone who understands and is willing to give them a hand. Clare House teams with women in our community to assess their needs and deficits before building Life Skills to inspire a brighter tomorrow. While the up to 8 families are with us our Life Skills Director works to share resources and through step by step schedule, our women can reach their potential and become independent, self-sufficient and confident individuals.

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Faith Friendship Ministries

Our mission is to combat homelessness through faith, friendship and family. We build family by providing low income individuals with a mental health diagnosis, a Christian home, and supportive services designed to ensure they receive the care, benefits, and services they require. As we adapt to the new demands the COVID-19 virus is creating, we are focusing more of our modest resources on purchasing supplies to support the additional cleaning, sanitizing, and laundry we must perform to keep our family members safe and healthy. We are also experiencing additional costs for personal protective equipment, janitorial supplies, and staff overtime to complete the extra work. We are grateful to God as we have no cases of COVID-19 in our home or among staff. We need additional resources to cover these additional costs. We also need ideas to help keep our family members active and engaged since they cannot go to work, programs, or see their relatives and friends.

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Good Samaritan Services

Good Samaritan Services is an organization that provides a full continuum of care to those who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness in both Lancaster and Chester Counties. We provide shelter facilities, transitional and affordable housing options, as well as permanent housing services. Currently, we are working diligently to ensure that those in our Residential Shelters and those who are in our Permanent Housing Programs are provided for. Dependency on these programs has grown exponentially. The needs for our services are rising dramatically throughout our communities, and your support helps us to serve even more individuals and families who are struggling due to COVID-19 complications and unemployment.

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HDC MidAtlantic

Housing Development Corporation (HDC) MidAtlantic recognizes that having a safe, welcoming, affordable place to call home is a cornerstone for household stability and growth, where residents can experience joy and feel hopeful about their future. Since 1971, we have been working diligently to provide housing that is safe and affordable to those with lower incomes, focusing on seniors, families with children, and individuals living with disabilities. In Lancaster County, HDC MidAtlantic provides safe and affordable housing for 2,321 people in 25 communities. As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis, vulnerable populations will be most adversely impacted and many of our residents will struggle. In response, HDC is linking households to our Resident Services staff for supports that reflect best practices for eviction prevention, such as creating a payment plan, counseling on monthly budgeting, and helping navigate social services or stimulus benefits. Once enrolled in the EPP, our staff works with each household to make an individualized plan to navigate financial challenges. Contributions made now to HDC will be dedicated to directly supporting residents throughout the crisis.

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Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

LHOP is dedicated to the belief that all families deserve a quality, affordable home, either to purchase or rent, with a continuum of choices in housing sizes, types, locations and prices. For 25 years LHOP has served as the community advocate and resource center for fair and affordable housing information, innovation, insights and solutions. LHOP partners with community nonprofits, builders, developers, lenders, real estate agents, and municipal officials to turn the dream of a quality home into reality for renters and home buyers. LHOP’s work is driven by our belief, “Because Everyone Deserves A Place Called Home.” Our work is to continue to provide guidance, workshops, and resources for residents during these unprecedented times and looking ahead to what their future needs may be. Visit our website to view a comprehensive, Navigating COVID-19 Info Guide. This was developed in partnership with Tabor Community Services. To help us continue our work, we are asking you to consider JOINING LHOP and making a donation. All donations will be used to continue our programs and services during this COVID-19 times and beyond.

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Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity

Since 1986, Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity has been building, renovating and repairing homes, as well as revitalizing neighborhoods, throughout Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. We believe that when individuals and families live in an affordable, stable home, they are better able to secure other essentials and opportunities in life, such as higher education, medical care, nutritious food and job opportunities. Guided by our mission, we recognize that housing is at a critical state. Shelter is a basic human need, a truth that has become abundantly clear as people across the globe are urged to find safety at home. In response, Lancaster Lebanon Habitat has established our Home Resiliency Fund to address the devastating impacts that COVID-19 will have on housing within our community. Our focus is on homeowners and the need to be ready for a variety of situations that affect home affordability, including expanding home ownership, health and safety and emergency COVID-19 Funding and home preservation for our current homeowners and home buyers.

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North Star Initiative

North Star Initiative (NSI) owns and operates The Harbor, a non-profit restoration home and program in Lancaster County for female sex-trafficking survivors. The Harbor provides survivors with 24/7 support and resources to address their physical and emotional trauma, and where they experience accessible choices toward independent, restored lives. COVID-19 has not slowed the sex-trafficking industry; in fact, with most people forced to stay home and unable to work, trafficking activity and demand for services have increased. While a number of trafficking restoration homes have closed their doors due to the pandemic, The Harbor is fully operational and providing loving care to our current residents. NSI is determined to continue welcoming survivors of sexual slavery. We rely heavily on financial donations that enable us to provide survivors with shelter, food, education, and basic life-necessities as they rebuild their lives.

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Off The Streets Lancaster

Off The Streets Lancaster is an all volunteer non profit helping those experiencing homelessness who have the ability to pay rent. We helped 687 people last year, 80% of whom were women & children. $.97 of every donated dollar directly helps people. We have no paid staff & no office. Working by referral from community agencies, we remove what is often the last barrier to permanent housing by helping to pay a security deposit to the landlord, and provide furnishings. During Covid 19, emergency rent assistance possible with referral. We can also provide some lighter furniture & basic home needs. Please help us! Donate on Facebook or website or mail: 601 E Delp Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. Questions? Email [email protected]

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Our Home of Hope

We service children and adults with Trauma, Autism, Traumatic Brian Injury, and many other disabilities, including veterans’ recovery groups. During this pandemic we are still assisting high priority clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, suicide risk, and addiction recovery through equine assisted therapy and therapeutic riding. Our lesson incomes, fundraisers, and events have been halted since the outbreak. However, the expenses of the horse care, facility rental, insurance, and all expenses remain. We have been holding services for our veterans free of charge since the program started, and in the past, we have been able to offer scholarships to other clients because of our successful fundraising. During this time, we are in need of financial support to help maintain the functionality of the program.

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Tabor Community Services

Founded in 1968, Tabor is a nonprofit community agency that offers a comprehensive continuum of 19 housing and financial counseling programs and services for residents of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We are working harder than ever to assist our community that is facing a loss of income and an uncertain future. We remain committed to helping the community with our vital programs and services in housing, rent assistance, counseling, eviction prevention, emergency shelter, and financial coaching during this COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Tabor serves over 5,000 individuals annually.

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