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Community Place Grand Opening Set For Nov. 17 November 9, 2018

A grand opening celebration for Community Place on Washington, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown, will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Area residents are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony, enjoy light refreshments, and take self-guided tours of the remodeled building.

Formerly owned by St. Peter Parochial School, the two-story brick building was converted into a centralized space for numerous social service providers in the Elizabethtown area, thanks to a collaboration between the United Churches of Elizabethtown Area and various community members, organizations, and businesses. United Churches president Derrick McDonald will speak at the grand opening celebration, and other local dignitaries have been invited.

According to Doug Lamb of United Churches, a capital campaign for the project began in May, the property was purchased in July, and remodeling began in August. Generous donations of time, finances, and labor made the project possible, and Lamb noted that more than 300 people came through the building at some point in the remodeling process to help with everything from electrical wiring to painting and other trades. "One of the exciting things about (the grand opening) will be all the volunteers having a chance to see what it looks like now," remarked Lamb.

The lower level of the building is now home to Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, which moved into the space in late October. "The clients love it," Lamb relayed. "It's a wide-open space and a lot easier to use." Formerly located on Market Street, the food pantry is open on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. More information on how to receive services or volunteer is available by contacting 717-361-8149 or etowncupboard@gmail.com.

The upstairs of Community Place includes a community conference room along with office space for Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS) and Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC).

Project leaders had hoped to use the space for as many social service programs as possible, and that goal is already rolling along. Tabor Community Services will offer free financial counseling to anyone by appointment at Community Place. Transfer General Education Development (GED) classes will be offered by United Churches in the community conference room, and that space will also be available for various groups in the community to use by appointment. Plus, Bear Bags, weekend meal bags offered to Elizabethtown Area School District students in need, will be assembled at Community Place.

The house adjacent to the large brick building will be used as the winter shelter operated by ECHOS. Lamb noted that several upgrades still need to be made to that facility, but the main building is about 90 percent complete. "We still have ongoing projects, but it's well on its way," summarized Lamb.

Phase two of Community Place on Washington includes adding a building to the property to allow space for additional social services. Lamb said that several local groups have expressed interest in that space. "That's a dream," Lamb stated. "Our capital campaign is underway, and we're looking for people to partner with us for that." Ideally, Lamb would like to get things in motion to break ground for that new building in the summer of 2019.

To learn more about or make a donation toward Community Place on Washington, interested individuals may visit https://communityplaceetown.org/.

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Mom's House Sets Pumpkin Fest November 9, 2018

Mom's House of Lancaster will hold the Extra Great Pumpkin Fest at the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Extraordinary Give. Weather permitting, there will be fall activities offered outdoors and indoors, such as family games, face painting, food, and more.

Individuals are invited to donate to Mom's House at www.extragive.org on Nov. 16. More information can be found at www.momshouselancaster.org/.

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Drive Will Support Food Bank November 8, 2018

The York County Food Bank will benefit from a food drive continuing through Friday, Nov. 30. Donations may be dropped off at ACNB Bank's South York Plaza office, 201 Pauline Drive, and Spring Grove office, 221 N. Main St.

To kick off the food drive, which began on Nov. 1, ACNB Bank made a $1,500 contribution, which was acknowledged with a check presentation at the York County Food Bank, 254 W. Princess St., York.

The York County Food Bank's mission is to reduce and ultimately end hunger in York County by working with partner agencies to increase the quantity of - and dignified access to - high-quality, nutritious food for everyone who needs it. According to the York County Food Bank, many families across York County, even those above the poverty threshold, struggle with food insecurity. For more information food bank and qualifications for support in a time of need, readers may visit www.yorkfoodbank.org.

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LHOP Announces Hiring Of Nauman November 8, 2018

The Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) has announced the hiring of Shelby Nauman as its chief operating officer.

Nauman is currently vice president at the Lancaster City Alliance, where she has been on staff for 14 years. She brings nearly 20 years of management and leadership experience, including experience serving as Mayor Smithgall's chief of staff. At the Lancaster City Alliance, Nauman concentrated on neighborhoods and community development.

At LHOP, Nauman will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization with responsibilities in team and program development, project management, communications, and marketing.

Over the past four years, LHOP has increasingly become involved in neighborhood work. As the lead agency in the southwest neighborhood (SoWe), LHOP works as the backbone support for a resident-driven decision-making board and a collaboration of organizations, including the Lancaster City Alliance, to implement a revitatization plan.

Increasingly, LHOP has developed services and lending products to assist households and communities to access and create afforable housing. LHOP has 12 full-time and two seasonal part-time staff members at three offices: Lancaster, York, and in the SoWe neighborhood. LHOP also operates a regional loan fund known as the Local Housing Investment Fund and Trust (LHIFT) in eight counties.

Nauman, who is slated to start her new role at LHOP on Monday, Nov. 19, is a graduate of West Chester University. She lives in West Lampeter with her husband and three children.

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Schreiber Announces New Name November 8, 2018

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County has announced that it has a new name: Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development.

The organization that is called Schreiber today has been around since 1936. In those 82 years, it has gone by several different names, adopting its most recent name, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County, in 1994.

In the nearly 25 years since, Schreiber has experienced many changes and a lot of growth. The center now sees more children than ever and sees children with a wider array of diagnoses. The center underwent a major expansion in 2006, and it has added new services, including aquatic therapy and the Circle of Friends Academy day care center.

The organization's new mission statement reads: "We provide everything needed for all of life's challenges, so that families and children can reach their dreams and vision. We see every child's unique capabilities and help them achieve their fullest potential." That new mission statement guided the conversations about finding a new name to reflect the breadth of services Schreiber provides. After numerous meetings, a stakeholder survey, and a final review by the board, the center made the switch to the Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development. The center also adopted a new logo.

Schreiber has also announced that donations it receives during the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16, will go directly to the therapy services that help thousands of children each year. The organization is also asking supporters who are able to make a second donation to Schreiber to do so, and these additional monies will go to the Schreiber Endowment Fund. The endowment started with a $100,000 gift in 2014, and it is now approaching $750,000. A goal has been set to reach $1 million by next year, which will be a major milestone in the effort to secure Schreiber's long-term financial future. For information on donating during the Extraordinary Give, readers may visit www.extragive.org. For more information about Schreiber, readers may visit www.schreiberpediatric.org.

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NSI To Participate In Fundraising Event November 8, 2018

North Star Initiative (NSI) will participate in Extraordinary Give events at two locations: Dough & Co, 46 N. Prince St., Lancaster, from 1 to 9 p.m. and Lititz Springs Park, 24 N. Broad St., Lititz, from 4 to 6 p.m.

NSI's mission is to support women who are survivors of domestic sex trafficking by providing physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care through a Christ-centered focus. NSI offers a residential restoration home and program that connects clients with their next steps, whether those involve education, counseling, recovery from addiction, or life skill courses.

For more information about NSI, readers may visit www.NorthStarInitiative.org, email info@NorthStarInitiative.org, or call 717-568-2700. More information about the Extraordinary Give is available at www.extragive.org.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive Announced November 8, 2018

The Giving Thanks Project is currently underway, with Solanco School District schools, the Solanco Neighborhood Ministries food bank, and Buck Company Inc. working together on the annual project, which supports the community over the Thanksgiving holiday. Food items are being collected and will be assembled into Thanksgiving meal boxes, which will be distributed to families in need in the Solanco School District.

Local residents are encouraged to make donations of fresh potatoes in five-pound bags, chicken and/or beef bouillon cubes, turkey gravy, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned green beans, brown-and-serve rolls, and apple pie filling.

Food items may be dropped off at any Solanco school or the district's administration office at 121 S. Hess St., Quarryville. Community members may also give monetary contributions, which will be used to purchase turkeys.

For more information about the project and donating via check or to request a meal box, readers may email Avery Hill at avery_hill@solancosd.org.

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Community Warehouse Project Notes One-Year Anniversary November 7, 2018

Organization Seeks Volunteers, Furniture Donations

The Community Warehouse Project (CWP) of Chester County, a nonprofit organization that collects and redistributes donated furniture and household goods to people in need, is celebrating its one-year anniversary.

Looking back to the project's formation in November 2017, Glenda Brion, executive director, reports that the effort has been a great success.

"We have served about 150 families this year, which is amazing," she said. "They came for beds, sofas, coffee tables and dressers. I knew the need was tremendous, but I wasn't sure how much we would be able to accomplish with all volunteers, but it's working."

Brion explained that individuals and families that are seeking items are referred to the agency by Chester County social service organizations such as the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County; Children, Youth and Families; and Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children.

CWP maintains a large warehouse in the Downingtown area in a space that is provided free of charge by the E. Kahn Development Corporation. CWP works in partnership with the Rotary Club of West Chester.

West Chester University students are also involved in the program. "Students from the West Chester University Center for Community Solutions volunteer and designed our logo," Brion said. "The Friars' Society out of West Chester University are young men who come and help us move furniture and deliver donations."

For those in need of furniture, a case manager, social worker or sponsor must complete a form on their behalf at www.communitywarehouseproject.com. The client and the case manager then come to pick out the furniture at the warehouse.

Items needed by CWP include living room furniture, tables, lamps, nightstands, bunk beds and linens, as well as housewares, such as dishes, plates, silverware, pots and pans. Donations must be clean and in good condition. Items that CWP will not accept include clothing, televisions and large appliances.

Brion said that the organization is particularly in need of single beds with bed frames. "We never have enough single beds," she said. "I know there are a lot of people out there who would be willing to buy a bed for people."

Those who have furniture to donate are asked to contact the agency in advance. "There is a place on the website for people who want to donate furniture," explained Brion. "You include a picture so that way we know what we are getting."

Approved furniture can be dropped off on the third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next scheduled furniture drop-off event will be on Nov. 17.

Brion encourages real estate agents to let homeowners who are moving know about the option of donating unwanted furniture to CWP. "Realtors have reached out to their clients who are downsizing," she explained. "People take what they need to move onto the next place, and we will get the rest of the furniture. It gives them a place to put it, and all (donations) are put to good use."

Brion said that as the effort grows, so does the need for volunteers. "I can always use help in the warehouse straightening, rearranging things and labeling things," she noted.

She would also love to have someone donate or loan a delivery truck to the organization. "Someone with a box truck who is willing to drive the truck once a month would be nice, or if we had a truck available, I could find a volunteer to drive the truck," she said. "Right now, we have to rent a truck, but the Friars do the heavy lifting. It's a real challenge for us to keep up with deliveries."

For more information about CWP, readers may call 484-473-4360, visit www.communitywarehouseproject.com or search for "Community Warehouse Project of Chester County" on Facebook.

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Ministry Announces Temporary Relocation November 5, 2018

The York CARES (Community-Assisted Resources and Essential Services) for the Homeless Coffee Spot is temporarily relocating to Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York, on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Coffee Spot, which provides free coffee, community and conversation to neighbors and members of the York community, has been housed in the Salvation Army multipurpose room on South Duke Street throughout the summer. The Salvation Army is in need of that space to provide holiday services and events and closed to the Coffee Spot on Nov. 9.

The Coffee Spot will open with extended hours from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays unless there is a holiday or if snow causes closure. Visitors and guests to the Coffee Spot should use the church's rear entrance, located in the alley off of Beaver Street. Guests and visitors are invited to share in coffee and other hot beverages, snacks, fruit, water and a once-a-month celebration of community. All items and information are free.

The Coffee Spot is a ministry of York CARES, a partnership of more than two dozen faith communities. It is also a partner program of The Children's Aid Society (CASSD) and is run through the generosity of the people of York and the dedication and work of volunteers. Volunteers are always needed, and those interested in donating time, materials or funds are asked to email YorkCARESVol@cassd.org

Those interested in learning more about York CARES are invited to an open group meeting on Nov. 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Heidelberg Coffee Spot. For more information, readers may email YorkCARES@cassd.org or call 717-624-4461.

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Campaigns To Support Students' Families November 2, 2018

GoFundMe campaigns have been established for the families of two Warwick students who were involved in a car accident on Oct. 26.

Information about the campaign for the family of Rylan Beebe, who was injured in the accident, is available at www.gofundme.com/rylan-beebe. Information about the campaign for the family of Jack Nicholson, who passed away in the hospital after the accident, is available at www.gofundme.com/jack-nicholsonhospital-funds.

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Tabor To Offer Financial Counseling November 2, 2018

Tabor Community Services has announced that its Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County (BFEC) will soon offer in-person financial counseling services in a second office in Elizabethtown. Services will include financial assessments, assistance in developing a workable household budget, a personalized action plan to help people achieve their goals, help with reviewing and understanding one's credit report and how to improve credit scores, effective strategies for paying down debt, counseling to buy a home, and ongoing financial coaching to help people stay on track and make needed adjustments as life changes.

In partnership with the Elizabethtown Area HUB, which is providing an office at the Community Place on Washington, located at 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown, a certified BFEC financial counselor from Tabor will see clients by appointment every Wednesday starting Nov. 7.

Scheduling for financial counseling at the Elizabethtown Area HUB is done by BFEC staff at Tabor's main office in Lancaster. For an appointment, readers may contact Barbara at 717-358-9364 or bfolker@tabornet.org. More information about the services of the BFEC are available at www.tabornet.org under the Barshinger Financial Empowerment tab.

The Elizabethtown Area HUB aims to mobilize the community to tackle poverty together in the Elizabethtown area. At the Community Place on Washington, organizations can efficiently share resources and provide community members access to a variety of services, such as emergency food and shelter, case advocacy, financial counseling services, and career services. Resources regarding substance use and education are also available.

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Packing Shoeboxes, Sending Love November 2, 2018

Every November, during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, thousands of shoeboxes stuffed to the gills with small toys, school supplies, and hygiene items are collected to deliver to children in need around the world. While there are thousands of drop-off sites throughout the country, Deb Ward, who serves as the volunteer area coordinator for Lancaster and Lebanon counties, noted that this region is consistently one of the areas that collects the largest number of boxes.

"We collected around 32,000 boxes last year," Ward said. "We've got a huge goal this year, and we're really praying to get over 37,000."

National Collection Week is set to take place from Monday, Nov. 12, through Monday, Nov. 19, for the Samaritan's Purse project. Volunteers like Ward get to experience the joy that abounds as adults, youths, and children drop off the shoeboxes at various locations before they are shipped to a distribution center in Baltimore. From there, Ward said the boxes are taken by tractor trailers, airplanes, or ships to the approximately 120 nations where children will receive the gifts.

"During collection week, the best thing to see is when a family walks in and the child is carrying a box and they're so proud they made this box and so excited that a little kid is going to get a box (they) made themselves," shared Ward. "They're getting gifts for children in a war-torn or (developing) country who may have never received anything like this before."

"For me personally, I get to pray over the boxes at each location," Ward continued. "That blesses my heart, to know that I can touch so many lives in that way, because each box represents a person."

In April 2017, Ward had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda to help hand out shoeboxes to children and youths along with other Operation Christmas Child volunteer area coordinators from around the United States. Ward said that sometimes depending on logistics, the boxes are not distributed immediately at Christmas but later on throughout the year. This was the case with the Rwanda delivery, but the timing did not take away from the recipients' delight. "You see almost a void of joy, and when that gift comes in, they really come alive," Ward recalled. "The void that was in their eyes becomes this amazing joy. Like we say, it's the light of Christ that comes in."

One 11-year-old boy in Rwanda opened a box that included a pair of winter gloves, causing Ward and the other volunteers to feel dismayed about him receiving something so impractical for the climate where he lived. However, they were surprised to see his exuberant reaction. "He was thrilled, and the translator explained it was because he had needed a pair of gloves to try out to be a soccer goalie, but his family couldn't afford to buy any," Ward relayed. "So the gloves turned out to be perfect."

Ward explained that families may use a medium-size shoebox they already own, purchase a designated Operation Christmas Child box at Hobby Lobby, or contact any of the drop-off locations to see if they have any extra boxes available.

Drop-off locations in Lancaster County include the following: LCBC - Manheim, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim; Jerusalem Church, 1620 Newport Road, Manheim; New Life Church, 1991 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster; Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street; Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland; and Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, Quarryville. To view the times for each location or to find additional drop-off sites in surrounding areas, interested individuals may visit www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/.

Additional instructions and suggestions on what to pack in the boxes according to age and gender may also be found at the website. Generally, each box should include one special item, such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with a pump, or clothing outfit, and then be filled in with other toys, school supplies, and hygiene items.

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Agency Presents Awards October 31, 2018

Bell Socialization Services Inc. presented several awards at its 2018 annual meeting, held on Oct. 2 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in York.

Bell presented the Margo Atwood Community Services Award to Jessica Mockabee, assistant director of the York County Department of Human Services. The award is given to an individual or group that provides their time and resources to enhance Bell's programs.

Mockabee has been an integral part of the relationship between Bell and the York County Department of Human Services. She has advocated for and helped secure needed funding for the Bell Family Shelter and Bridge Housing programs, especially for unplanned expenses and major repairs. She has been supportive of the agency's Next Door program and made adjustments to the funding formula to make administration of the program significantly easier.

Mockabee also used her own time to write a grant application that, if founded, will provide a new position at Next Door to focus on helping people facing community re-entry from prison, as well as for victims of domestic violence.

Steven A. Warren, county administrator of the York/Adams Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (MH/IDD) Program, was recognized as a Dedicated Partner. Warren, who will retire at the end of this year after 36 years of service, was presented with a clock as a token of the longstanding friendship with Bell. The clock has an inscription that says, "For offering support and empowerment to York County residents living with disabilities, 1982 to 2018."

Diane and John Schlaline, owners of Schlaline Print Shop in East Berlin, received the Business of the Year Award. The company was recognized as a business that contributes time and resources to assist Bell in fulfilling its mission within the community.

The Schlaline Print Shop is a family business that has created space for individuals in Bell's Adult Training Facility (ATF) in New Oxford to volunteer. According to Bell, the individuals, all of whom live with varying degrees of intellectual disabilities, have built great relationships with the Schlalines because they are welcomed with genuine respect.

Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a human services agency based in York. It provides housing and living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and families that are homeless. Since 1966, Bell programs have been seeking to provide an environment of support and empowerment to help people throughout the greater York and Hanover area improve their quality of living.

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YCCF Program Awards Grants October 31, 2018

Eleven programs designed to improve the quality of life for older adults in York County are the newest recipients of grants from the York County Community Foundation's (YCCF) Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging. The grant applications were evaluated by a committee of community volunteers.

Grants in the following amounts were presented: more than $5,998 to Leg Up Farm for the Silver Saddles program; $3,500 to Strand Capital Performing Arts dba Appell Center for the Performing Arts to create film accessibility for patrons who are aging or have hearing or visual impairments; $20,000 to Normandie Ridge for a West Manchester Senior Trail and Nature Park; $20,000 to York County Food Bank for the Senior Food Box Program; $4,395 to September House for the September House Amateur Radio Station program; $6,000 to Theatre Arts for Everyone (TAFE) for the You Are NEVER Too Old to Act! Program; $10,000 to Golden Connections Community Center Inc. for facility functionality enhancements, specifically the creation of a designated exercise area and an art studio; $4,000 to Crispus Attucks Association for the Cultivation Healthy Living program; $5,000 to City of York - Bureau of Health; $1,850 to Windy Hill Senior Center Inc. for the Ageless Art program; and $8,245 to Jessica and Friends Community for the Dragonfly Program - Healthy Today, Healthier Tomorrow.

YCCF's Embracing Aging initiative strives to create a community that is a safe, welcoming, appropriate and adaptable place to age by improving attitudes around one's own aging and senior adults to increase understanding and caring about the needs and perspectives of people of all ages. YCCF provides grants to increase high-quality and forward-thinking options to help seniors live as they choose in their community.

YCCF's Hahn Home Fund supports Embracing Aging, which began with the vision of one woman, Anna Gardner, who died in 1913 and gifted her estate to help care for older women in the community. More than 100 years later, YCCF is carrying out her legacy.

More information about YCCF is available at www.yccf.com.

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After-School Mentors Needed October 31, 2018

Volunteer mentors, age 55 and over, are wanted for an after-school program at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville, Md. The schedule is flexible, with two-hour slots once a week available.

Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, paid assistance with clearances, and free two-hour tutoring training.

Interested readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8434 or yorkrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org for more information.

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Recovery Home Planned For Veterans October 31, 2018

The York County Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Bell Socialization Services Inc. have teamed up to create The Higher Standard Project, a privately funded recovery home for veterans undergoing treatment for substance abuse or trauma.

The Higher Standard will be home for up to six veterans capable of self-support while undergoing treatment in York County Veterans Wellness Court or veterans released from York County Prison by way of long-term, inpatient treatment at a VA Medical Center. Priority will be given to combat veterans. The home's aim will be to provide veterans the opportunity to recover together in a residence that promotes wellness and the values of military service.

The project will seek the highest standard of national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Following accreditation, the project will expand into other communities to meet the needs of veterans throughout York County.

The project advisory board was formed in August to oversee the project. The board consists of Veterans Wellness Court mentors, alumni, and adult probation staff, along with representatives of the federal VA judicial outreach program, Bell Socialization, York County Veterans Outreach, and York County Veterans Affairs.

The Higher Standard is privately funded through donations to York County Veterans in Need Fund. Donations may be made by visiting www.gofundme.com/the-higher-standard-project. For information about contributing by check, readers may contact Veterans Affairs at 717-771-9218 or yorkvet@yorkcountypa.gov.

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Project Linus Meeting Slated October 31, 2018

Project Linus of York will meet on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fourth United Methodist Church, 20 N. Lehman St., York. Attendees should bring their own lunch, and beverages and dessert will be provided.

Project Linus is a volunteer, nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, which are created by volunteer "Blanketeers." Its mission also includes striving to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity that benefits children.

Volunteers do not need to know how to sew, as long as they can cut or tie a knot. Those who knit or crochet should bring yarn, needles and patterns.

For more information, readers may call 717-887-5448, email projectblankets@hotmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/ProjectLinusYork.

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New Nonprofit Seeks Donations October 31, 2018

Off the Streets Susquehanna is a new nonprofit charitable organization in the Columbia area whose mission is to provide assistance for people experiencing homelessness in the Columbia, Wrightsville, Marietta, and Mount Joy areas as they transition to a home of their own.

The ministry provides a security deposit, as well as basic furniture and bare essentials, such as beds, dressers, chairs, tables, bedding, household items, and personal care items, for clients to furnish an apartment or home. Clients must be screened through an agency such as Tabor Community Services or Lancaster General Health.

Off the Streets works with Tabor and other agencies and churches in Lancaster County to identify homeless individuals and families that have the financial means to pay a monthly rent but may need assistance with up-front money for a security deposit. Off the Streets provides the security deposit directly to the landlord.

Generally, the furniture and other essentials are donated. The group accepts donations of new or gently used furniture and household items, such as linens, dishes, pots, pans, bedding, and lamps, on Wednesdays between noon and 3 p.m. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, readers may contact otssusq@gmail.com or visit www.offthestreetsnow.com.

Individuals who need assistance or who know someone who needs assistance may call the United Way Helpline at 211 or any Homeless Service Agency.

Off the Streets, a nondenominational organization, has chapters in Pennsylvania, California, and Connecticut, with the hope of launching new chapters across the U.S. It has assisted more than 1,500 people in its four locations since 2016.

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Mom's House Receives Donation October 31, 2018

Mom's House of Lancaster recently received a grant to support its mission from Christian Brothers Automotive Foundation. The grant award is part of Christian Brothers' interest in strengthening the community.

The Christian Brothers Foundation supports community initiatives that help others improve their lives and the community around them. The funds will go toward enhancing both the parent and child care programs at Mom's House.

Mom's House is an organization in Lancaster County that provides free child care services to low-income single parents enrolled in school full time. The goal of Mom's House is to empower single parents to break out of the cycle of poverty and raise their families in financial independence.

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GateHouse Holds Softball Game October 25, 2018

The GateHouse Alumni Association supports individuals who have successfully graduated from the organization's recovery program by holding its annual alumni softball game. This year marked the fourth anniversary of the event.

The event was held on Aug. 26 at Rapho Park in Mount Joy, and beautiful weather brought out more than 300 alumni, their families, and area residents. This year, more than 14 teams were formed, each playing two games at some time throughout the course of the day.

Funds raised will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for current residents of The GateHouse Halfway House or Transitional Living residences. Funds will also go to support the organization's annual TurkeyThon, held the night before Thanksgiving at its women's facility in Mountville. For more information about this year's TurkeyThon, readers may call 717-393-3215.

Founded in 1972, The GateHouse has expanded its residential recovery facilities to six locations throughout Lancaster County. For more information about The GateHouse, its facilities, and its services, readers may visit http://gatehouse.org or call 717-393-3215.

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