Lebanon County Christian Ministries is blessed to have the support of many churches throughout Lebanon County that host FRESH Start guests overnight in their facilities.
In fiscal year 2018-19, LCCM's shelter provided 5,555 nights of stay, hosted an average of 15 guests per night and 130 guests were discharged to housing.
In 2020, we have several opportunities available for churches and volunteers to provide overnight shelter to our guests.
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Here's how it works:
A network of churches rotate as hosts for the overnight shelter every two weeks throughout the year.
Guests arrive at the church in the evening and leave early morning.
Churches have a dedicated group of volunteers who help during those two weeks and spend every night at the church with our shelter guests. However, we do know that while churches may want to serve as a host site, they may not necessarily have volunteers. We also know that volunteers, whether individuals or groups, may want to serve, but may not belong to a church.
We want to work together with the community to provide these opportunities so we can serve the needs of our guests who need a safe place to sleep each night.
If you or a group of volunteers are interested in this unique volunteer opportunity, please contact Andrea Gillhoolley at (717)272 4400 ext. 211. Volunteers will also have to apply here.
If churches would like to serve as a host site, contact Lesvi Marrero, supportive services coordinator, at Lesvi@lccm.us.
If your church is interested in hosting FRESH Start, here are the available dates in 2020:
Feb. 24-March 9
March 9-March 23
May 4-May 18
June 1-June 15
Sept. 7- Sept. 21
About FRESH Start
The FRESH Start Emergency Shelter and Resource Center provides homeless families and individuals the resources and training needed to empower personal sustainability while providing a safe place to sleep and be protected from outside elements.
The resource center serves as "home-base" for its guests. It is where guests can prepare and cook meals, take showers, wash clothes, and receive the support and training needed to regain independence.
Churches and other facilities throughout Lebanon County provide overnight shelter.
All referrals should be made by calling 717-272-4400.
Any family or individual facing an immediate housing crisis is encouraged to call 717-272-4400 or visit FRESH Start (250 S. 7th Street, Lebanon) to inquire about services.