Mission: The mission of the lancaster county council of churches is to unite communities of faith as ecumenical partners. Putting our faith into action, we work together for justice, peace, healing, and reconciliation for the whole community by ministering to human needs and addressing community and societal issues.
Programs: Care items to approximately 6,000 individuals and families; the pa workwear program supplies appropriate career wear for job interviews and first weeks on the job for 114 clients in 2017. This program is through partnerships with careerlink, lancaster community action program and the county assistance office. The community meals program, serves three free, hot meals a day, 365 days a year to anyone looking for a meal and for companionship in partnership with dozens of local congregations; over 50,719 meals were served in 2017. Our wheels to work vehicle program is a licensed car dealership transforming lives by selling safe, reliable vehicles well below retail prices to qualified families. The donors then receive the maximum tax deduction. We offer a small loan program for clients in partnership with a local bank to allow individuals to begin rebuilding their credit. Last year, 7 families received a reliable vehicle. Reliable transportation is not only convenient but necessary when it comes to getting a job and having mobility choices. The women's winter shelter proves emergency shelter for women and children during the coldest months of the year. In 2017 the shelter hosted 105. Lccc continues to develop new programs in response to community needs and coordinate with other organizations to provide services. The hygiene bank, established in 2013, provides household and personal hygiene items to individuals who cannot purchase particular items with their food stamps. The hygiene bank served 272 people in 2017. The individuals served by lccc are the unemployed, underemployed, refugees, senior citizens, disabled, victims of natural disasters, hungry, homeless, facing eviction or shutoff of utilities, in need of clothing, dealing with substance addiction, or unable to afford medication. Our services are available to all residents of lancaster county, with additional qualifications necessary for some programs. Lccc appreciates the contributions of nearly 1,025 volunteers in 2017 in addition to the one- time volunteers who contribute their time to their community.