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.
Each church has a dedicated group of volunteers for those two weeks and spend every night at the church with our shelter guests.
Guests arrive at the church in the evening and leave early morning.
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
July 27-August 10
Sept. 7- Sept. 21
Contact Lesvi Marrero, supportive services coordinator, at Lesvi@lccm.us
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.