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PCD Receives Donation October 18, 2017

The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development (PCD) recently announced it has been awarded $29,500 from the South Central Workforce Development Board (SCPaWorks) to assist with program support for the 2017-18 program year. The funding will assist with the development and ongoing needs of student and educator programs. The programs are dedicated to assisting students, educators, counselors, administrators and other relevant district personnel in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and northern York counties with career exploration and development.

The funding will help to provide Educator in the Workplace sessions, educator professional development sessions, Student Career Connections sessions and a pre-apprenticeship feasibility study for the region.

The Capital Region Partnership for Career Development is an intermediary organization dedicated to providing career exploration and development opportunities that help with student career awareness, exploration and experiences and align with the needs of the workforce. PCD notes that additional support is needed in the forms of funding, program support and partnerships. For more information, readers may visit www.crpcd.org or contact PCD at info@crpcd.org or 717-732-8480.

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RSVP To Accept Donationed Items October 18, 2017

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is participating in Sock It To Us! The statewide signature project of Senior Corps of Pennsylvania launched locally on Oct. 1.

Local residents are invited to donate new socks, scarves, gloves, or hats for any age child or adult. Items may be donated through Tuesday, Oct. 31, at any of the following drop-off sites: Windy Hill Senior Center, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Suite 103, Spring Grove; State Farm, 2241 W. Market St., York; White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., Suite 1, York; Visiting Nurses Association of Hanover and Spring Grove, 440 N. Madison St., Hanover; TrueNorth Wellness Services, 1195 Roosevelt Ave., York; and TrueNorth Wellness Services, 73 E. Forrest Ave., Suite 312, Shrewsbury, York. A Sock It To Us! sign and bin will be available at each site.

The donated items will be given to Hanover Council of Churches, LifePath Christian Ministries, York Housing Authority, and various other organizations that work with people in need. All items will be distributed to residents of York County.

People with large donations and those who would like more information may call RSVP's York County office at 443-619-3842 or the statewide Senior Corps of Pennsylvania hotline at 800-870-2616. RSVP recruits and places volunteers in York County.

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Shelter Receives Donation October 12, 2017

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YWCA York Holds Fundraiser Walk October 11, 2017

More than 400 walkers helped raise $120,000 at this year's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in the city of York to benefit victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Participants donned women's shoes to walk approximately 1 mile in an effort to raise awareness and funds for YWCA's ACCESS York and Victim Assistance Center and Still Waters in Hanover. The money raised will help the organization provide counseling, legal services, emergency shelter, housing and community education here in York County.

Awards were given to the team, individual and father-son duo that raised the most money. This year's top team winner was WellSpan Health, which raised $20,315. The top individual award went to Keith Noll, who raised $6,660. The top father/son fundraising team was Greg and Sean Young, who brought in $255.

The event included a Kick Up Your Heels pre-party, a proclamation by the York County board of commissioners of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and YWCA York's Temple Guard performance. The walk finished on Beaver Street in York with a dance party, children's activities and an interactive display of how bystanders can help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Keith Sheffer was the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes chair.

To support York County victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking through monetary donations, readers may text the word HEELS and the amount they would like to donate to 501-55. For more information, readers may contact YWCA York at 717-845-2631 or go to www.ywcayork.org.

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Food Bank Seeks Volunteers October 11, 2017

The York County Food Bank, 254 W. Princess St., York, has announced that it is in need of volunteers for its Food for Families Program. The program, which raises awareness of the prevalence of hunger in the community, is held every Friday from noon to 2:30 p.m. Ten volunteers are needed each week.

Those interested in volunteering for the York County Food for Families program as an individual, as a work team, or as any other group may contact Bonnie at 717-846-6435, ext. 202, or email at bonitak@yorkfoodbank.org. For more information, readers may visit www.yorkfoodbank.org.

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Giveaway Drawing To Aid Autism Center October 11, 2017

TrueNorth Wellness Services will hold a community-based giveaway drawing to benefit TrueNorth's new Autism Center, located at 1181 Westminster Ave., Hanover. A $3.5 million capital campaign to support the costs of construction for the new Autism Center is ongoing.

TrueNorth Wellness Services works with more than 400 individuals in York and Adams counties through its autism programs. To accommodate the growing need in the region, the Autism Center will serve as the home for TrueNorth Wellness Services' relocated and expanded Hanover-based autism services, including The Amazing Kids Club. The Autism Center will provide increased space for therapeutic treatment and will offer a natural setting for outdoor activities. The property will also feature improved logistics for parking, pickups and dropoffs. Construction began in April, and the center has a targeted grand opening date in November.

In the giveaway drawing, cash prizes will be awarded, with first- through third-prize winners announced on Friday, Dec. 15, at Hanover Markets, 1639 Broadway, Hanover. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

To purchase giveaway drawing tickets, readers may contact Carol Connor at cconnor@truenorthwellness.org or 717-632-4900, ext. 1072.

Individuals may donate to the capital campaign by visiting http://www.firstgiving.com/10670/support-us. More information about TrueNorth Wellness Services is available at www.truenorthwellness.org.

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District Offers RaiderPacks October 11, 2017

The Middletown Area School District is dedicated to providing a quality education and ensuring the well-being of all students both in and out of the classroom. There are many obstacles that affect the success of children, including hunger. District representatives note that hunger has many negative effects on children's health, behavior, and ability to learn. The district's new RaiderPacks program is a way to respond.

The district is partnering with the Middletown Area Blue Raider Foundation and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to provide students in need with a bag of food every week. The RaiderPacks will contain breakfast, lunch, and snack options, which include fresh fruits and vegetables. Families will have the option to discreetly pick up the packs each week, or the packs can be sent home with students. All families with students in the district are welcome to apply to receive RaiderPacks, and the packs will be available weekly throughout the school year beginning in October.

In order to make this program a success, financial help is needed. It costs approximately $3.52 for each pack per week. Therefore, the total cost for one student per school year will be $123.20.

Donations will be accepted to help with the program. Checks may be made payable to the Middletown Area Blue Raider Foundation. The RaiderPacks Program should be noted in the memo section of the check. Credit card donations will also be accepted. For more information on donating via credit card, readers may contact Linda Mehaffie at 717-608-5990. Contributions are tax deductible.

Volunteers are also needed to help pack and distribute the bags each week. To volunteer, readers may contact Cindy McLaughlin or Marta Monroig at raiderpacks@raiderweb.org.

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Financial Counseling Services Posted October 6, 2017

Tabor Community Services has announced that its Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County (BFEC) will offer in-person financial counseling services in Elizabethtown.

Tabor and Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS) will provide an office in partnership with Alliance Church, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown.

A certified BFEC financial counselor will meet with clients by appointment on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

Services will include financial assessments, assistance to develop a workable household budget, a personalized action plan to help people achieve their goals, help with reviewing and understanding one's credit report, information about how to improve one's credit score, 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.

Scheduling for financial counseling at the Elizabethtown office is being handled by BFEC staff at Tabor's main office in Lancaster. To register, readers may contact Barbara at 717-358-9364 or bfolker@tabornet.org and specify they would like to schedule an appointment in Elizabethtown. More information about the services of the BFEC are available at www.tabornet.org under the Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment tab.

Tabor will also start offering its curriculum of free financial education workshops. For more information and to register, readers may call 717-361-1307 or email info@echoslancaster.org.

People from the greater Elizabethtown and Mount Joy areas are invited to register for workshops or schedule financial counseling appointments. There are no income requirements or restrictions.

ECHOS serves individuals who are experiencing homelessness, are at risk of homelessness, or are in need of services. ECHOS provides information and referrals, outreach and engagement; case management and advocacy; housing location and moving assistance; supportive housing; and other seasonal services.

For the past 49 years, Tabor has been helping clients learn how to meet their housing and financial challenges, rebuild their lives, and contribute to the strength of the Lancaster community in the process. Tabor offers a comprehensive array of programs and services. For more information, readers may visit www.tabornet.org.

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Building Hope In Tax Season October 6, 2017

Volunteers Needed For Elizabethtown VITA Site

Elizabethtown will host one of the United Way of Lancaster County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) locations during the upcoming tax season, and volunteers are needed to serve as greeters and tax preparers.

Individuals and families that earn $62,000 or less per year have the opportunity to have their taxes completed through VITA Lancaster's free tax preparation services. Interested individuals may simply call 211 during tax season to make an appointment at one of several locations throughout the county. Community volunteers receive training as tax preparers and meet with clients one-on-one to file their taxes, explained United Way of Lancaster County VITA operations director Ezra Rothman.

This year, 200 tax returns were completed at the site at Christ Church United Church of Christ (UCC), 247 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. Rothman said this year VITA is hoping to offer more appointments to folks in the Elizabethtown area, but more volunteers will be needed to make that possible. Across the county, a total of 8,720 tax returns were completed with VITA in 2017. Rothman said the organization has set a goal of completing 10,000 in 2018. "We build every year, but we need a lot more volunteers to continue this growth," Rothman explained.

Michelle Ingham served as the site coordinator at Christ Church UCC in Elizabethtown last tax season, working together with four other volunteers to serve the community. "As I became involved with it, I realized how much of an impact you make," Ingham shared. In many cases, she had the chance to help her clients get tax credits that they did not know about beforehand. "It gives them money they otherwise wouldn't be able to invest in their everyday living," she commented.

"You almost get to build a relationship with them, and you get to see taxes become a less-scary thing," said Ingham. "I just love the look on people's faces when you tell them what (return) they're getting."

Reducing some of the anxiety that shrouds tax season for many people is one of VITA's primary goals, Rothman said. "Tax time can build hope. It doesn't have to be dreadful, and we really do try to make it a much more positive experience," he stated.

Ingham and Rothman emphasize that no experience is necessary to volunteer as a tax preparer. Training will be provided, and site coordinators will be on hand to offer assistance or answer any questions that may arise during the process. Volunteers should be willing to make a minimum of a four-hour commitment per week at a regularly scheduled time.

Last tax season the Christ Church UCC site was open to clients from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays from January through the tax day deadline, which Rothman said will likely remain the same for 2018. However, if this presents a scheduling conflict for individuals, they are more than welcome to volunteer at one of the other sites located throughout the county.

An information session for individuals who are interested in volunteering as tax preparers will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church UCC. The evening will include details about training and scheduling to help people decide whether or not this is an opportunity they are interested in. To sign up or learn more, readers may contact Rothman at 717-824-8111 or rothman@uwlanc.org.

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Donations Sought To Aid In Hurricane Recovery October 6, 2017

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is seeking contributions to assist with recovery efforts in Haiti and Cuba after Hurricane Irma hit in early September.

In Haiti, less than 48 hours after Hurricane Irma passed, MCC staff members conducted the organization's first distribution of comforters, water purification tablets, and relief kits containing hygiene supplies for a family of four. MCC also is preparing for a food security response for families in and around La Chapelle, Haiti, including the distribution of food assistance and seeds so people can replant their gardens.

To contribute to MCC's disaster response in Cuba and Haiti, readers may donate at donate.mcc.org/cause/hurricane-irma-response or by phone at 888-563-4676.

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Organization Posts Fundraising Effort October 6, 2017

Advoz: Mediation and Restorative Practices invites community members to participate in a fundraising effort this fall. Through Tuesday, Oct. 31, all donations to Advoz will be doubled, up to $15,000, thanks to a matching gift from the Hahn Family Foundation. As of early October, Advoz had received a total of more than $8,190 from 45 supporters.

Funds raised will go toward Advoz's mediation and restorative justice work. To donate, readers may visit https://advoz.charityproud.org/Donate.

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Red Sand Project Announced October 4, 2017

YWCA Lancaster, with the support of the Lancaster Crime Prevention Task Force, invites Lancaster businesses, organizations, and community members to participate in the Red Sand Project during the International Week Without Violence from Monday, Oct. 16, through Friday, Oct. 20.

Created by Molly Gochman, the Red Sand Project is an art installation project intended to draw awareness to vulnerable persons in the community and to present-day human trafficking. Red sand is used to transform the cracks in sidewalks and symbolize the most overlooked and vulnerable persons in the community.

YWCA of Lancaster will be distributing Red Sand Project kits for free to businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to participate. To request a kit, readers may contact Elizabeth Navarro by calling 717-869-5004 or emailing enavarro@ywcalancaster.org.

For more than 20 years, the World YWCA has dedicated the third week in October as a Week Without Violence. Efforts during the week emphasize marginalized groups who are often the largest target populations of violence. Week Without Violence 2017 highlights gender-based violence and specifically human trafficking, which disproprtionately affects women and girls.

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Financial Counseling Services Posted October 3, 2017

Tabor Community Services has announced that its Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County (BFEC) will offer in-person financial counseling services in New Holland. In partnership with CrossNet, which is providing an office at its location, 127 W. Franklin St., New Holland, a certified BFEC financial counselor will meet with clients by appointment on the second and fourth Tuesday mornings of each month.

Services will include financial assessments, assistance to develop a workable household budget, a personalized action plan to help people achieve their goals, help with reviewing and understanding one's credit report, information about how to improve one's credit score, effective strategies for paying down debt, counseling to buy a home, and on-going financial coaching to help people stay on track and make needed adjustments as life changes.

Scheduling for financial counseling at the New Holland office is being handled by BFEC staff at Tabor's main office in Lancaster. To register, readers may contact Barbara at 717-358-9364 or bfolker@tabornet.org and specify they would like to schedule an appointment in New Holland. More information about the services of the BFEC are available at www.tabornet.org under the Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment tab.

CrossNet Ministries exists to offer help and hope in the name of Jesus Christ by empowering people in the ELANCO Community. CrossNet offers programs in the areas of youths, social services, food and nutrition, and community. All CrossNet programs focus on building relationships and building resources in the community.

For the past 49 years, Tabor has been helping clients learn how to meet their housing and financial challenges, rebuild their lives, and contribute to the strength of the Lancaster community in the process. Tabor offers a comprehensive array of programs and services. For more information, readers may visit www.tabornet.org.

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YWCA To Install New Boiler System October 3, 2017

YWCA Lancaster has announced that three area companies will donate a new boiler system for Lancaster's Women's Winter Shelter and Residence program, a cold-weather emergency women's shelter. The new boiler system was donated by Patterson-Kelley, a division of Camp Hill-based Harsco Corporation; H&H Sales Associates from Mechanicsburg; and Lancaster-based Moore Engineering Company.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and a special demonstration of the new boiler installation at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., on Friday, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Representatives from each of the donating companies will be present, along with officials from the Lancaster County Council of Churches (LCCC) and YWCA. The public is invited.

Hosted by YWCA Lancaster, Lancaster's Women's Winter Shelter and Residence program is run by the LCCC. The winter shelter, offered from December through April, houses women and their children under the age of 18 who need temporary shelter from the cold. YWCA Lancaster provides a warm, safe place to sleep, as well as showers and lockers, and LCCC provides snacks and beverages. With the exception of one part-time coordinator employed by the LCCC, the shelter is staffed entirely by volunteers from several Lancaster County houses of worship.

The boiler units and all of the engineering services have been facilitated by the dedication of Lancaster resident and longtime YWCA advocate Michele Grasberger and her husband, Nick Grasberger III, president and CEO of Harsco Corporation.

Despite the contributions of community members and corporate sponsors, further contributions are still needed. YWCA Lancaster has initiated efforts to raise $70,000 in order to complete the major-scale boiler system installation.

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Families Invited To Register For Distribution October 2, 2017

The Salvation Army of York will conduct registrations for its annual Christmas Cheer Distribution at the Salvation Army Chapel, 124 S. Duke St., York, from Monday, Oct. 23, to Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. An evening registration session will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Families wishing to sign up for a holiday food box and toys for their children ages 1 to 10 should bring a photo identification for adults, proof of York County residence, Social Security cards for all persons in the household, and proof of age for children born between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2016.

Families must be preregistered for the distribution. All eligible families are encouraged to register during the sign-up period.

The Christmas Cheer Distribution, which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 20, will provide holiday food boxes for individuals and families in need. Children ages 1 to 10 will also receive toys collected through the Angel Tree Program. Shoppers are invited to take an angel from one of the trees located at various malls and purchase gifts for the child listed.

For more information, readers may call Norma Escobar at 717-848-2364, ext. 229.

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Manheim Young Farmers Plan Annual Food Drive October 2, 2017

The annual Manheim Community Farm Show parade is set to be bigger than ever this year, with a record number of entrants slated to take part. Even with lots of new participants, the float at the very end of the lineup will be the same as it has been for many years. Volunteers collecting food pantry donations will once again be part of a float at the back of the parade, ready to lend a helping hand.

Since 2005, the Manheim Young Farmers have sponsored a food drive to benefit the Manheim Central Food Pantry, and the nonperishable food items are collected and sorted on a float at the end of the parade. The 2017 Farm Show is set for Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 13, and the parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

As part of ag-in-the-classroom education, paper bags are sent home the week before the parade with third-graders in the Manheim Central School District with a note explaining the details of the food drive and encouraging them to donate. For the second year in a row, bags will also be distributed to each of the families at Manheim Christian Day School.

Manheim Central High School (MCHS) FFA students volunteer each year to help with collecting donations from folks along the parade route. FFA chaplain Josiah Heisey said it is a tradition that helps to reinforce the group's priority of helping the local community. "It's a lot of fun, and it's a good way to teach the freshman (FFA) members about how important community service is," agreed FFA president Emily Witmer.

Individuals of all ages may donate canned goods during the parade or drop them off at the shopping cart that will be designated for donations at the Manheim Children's Farm Show exhibit area during Farm Show week. Items needed for the food pantry include applesauce; canned stew, canned meat, and chili; canned pasta meals; soup; cereal; peanut butter; jelly; canned fruit; canned or boxed potatoes; boxed macaroni and cheese; and any kind of crackers.

The Manheim Central Food Pantry, located at 334 W. Gramby St., currently serves approximately 136 households, according to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank statistics. Registered clients receive food and personal care items once a month, based on family size.

"We're here for everybody that can use the help," said Jim Hershey, who serves on the food pantry steering committee.

"And we're very thankful for donations," added volunteer Arlene Yoder.

Last year, a local business that purchased the champion steer at the Manheim Farm Show livestock auction donated it to the food pantry. MCHS agriculture teacher Deb Seibert said this has become a common practice among the generous individuals and businesses in the Manheim community, with approximately 30 animals from the livestock auction being donated to the food pantry last year. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank then pays the fees for processing the meat. This year's livestock auction is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 13.

Food pantry volunteer Nancy Auker said the organization tries to distribute as many fresh and healthy items as possible to its clients. "We try to focus on the good things," explained Auker. Donations of meat via the livestock auction make this possible, along with the generosity of a local family that donates milk, bread, and eggs every week.

To be eligible for the food pantry's services, individuals must reside in the Manheim Central School District. Potential clients may call 717-665-2331 to inquire about eligibility.

For more information, readers may visit www.manheimcentralfoodpantry.org or http://manheimag.org.

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VisionCorps Receives Donations October 2, 2017

VisionCorps Foundation recently received $25,000 in a grant and private donations. The organization received $12,500 from the S. Dale High Family Foundation and $6,000 from the Lancaster Lions Club, along with private donations of $5,000 and $1,500. The funds were used to purchase one eSight unit and three NuEyes units, electronic smart glasses for the vision impaired. On Thursday, Oct. 5, the public will have the opportunity to learn more about the devices and try them on from 10 a.m. to noon. VisionCorps will host this demonstration, open to anyone, as an opportunity for the community to experience the new technology.

The new equipment will improve vision, sometimes substantially, for those who are vision impaired. VisionCorps will study the impact on productivity and overall experience on the job, both in Lancaster and Philadelphia. Different types of job positions with varying responsibilities will be evaluated in the study.

VisionCorps' Rehabilitation Department will utilize the eSight and NuEyes for demonstration opportunities to the community. The demonstrations will be available at support groups and low-vision expos for VisionCorps' clients and families to see how the eSight and NuEyes equipment can possibly improve a person's vision and assist him or her with tasks in the workplace or at home.

VisionCorps, 244 N. Queen St., Lancaster, helps restore autonomy and independence to the lives of southeastern Pennsylvania residents who are blind or vision impaired. VisionCorps serves more than 4,000 individuals who are blind or vision impaired in Lancaster, Lebanon, Chester, York, and Adams counties through rehabilitation services and/or employment opportunities.

For more information, readers may visit www.visioncorps.net or contact Kay Masci at 717-291-5951, ext. 4140.

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Coat Drive To Begin Fourth Year September 28, 2017

The Gregory Frey Memorial Coat Drive, now in its fourth year, will kick off during the Millersville Community Parade on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. The coat drive was created by the friends and loved ones of Gregory Frey, who was a junior at Penn Manor High School when he passed away during a birthday camping trip in 2013.

During the parade, many of Gregory's loved ones will collect donations and help spread the word about the drive. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, Nov. 11, and donation boxes will be set up at locations such as Joe's Shoe Repair in Millersville, Life Span Psychology Practice in Willow Street, ABC Auto Auction in Manhiem, and Jack's Pub in Millersville. Additional sites will be announced.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Giveaway Day will be held at the Lancaster Labor Council Building, 675 Manor St., Lancaster, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome to come and receive warm clothing. Anything not given away that day will be split between the Lancaster County Council of Churches and Water Street Mission, to be donated in Gregory's name.

Items accepted will include new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, snow pants, winter boots, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Any sizes will be accepted.

Readers with questions may contact Emily Frey at 717-925-4780 or Sarah Wittensoldner at 717-333-5770.

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Career Development Classes Posted September 28, 2017

The New Choices Career Development Program will offer classes from Monday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Nov. 3, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1016 N. Charlotte Street, Suite 101-E, Lancaster.

The two-week, 60-hour program is an educational empowerment workshop open to women and men regardless of income who are in transition, need a change, want to go back to school, or recently lost a job. Participants will learn soft skills such as setting goals, solving problems, resolving conflict, managing stress, setting boundaries, and prioritizing needs; find employment through nontraditional means; and pursue short-term educational programs, such as certificate or degree programs. Students who complete New Choices successfully will qualify for scholarships or assistance in returning to the workforce.

Participation is free, but participants are asked to arrive on time and stay until the end of the classes, engage fully in the classes, and do the work assigned.

For more information or to schedule an intake interview, readers may contact Tricia Nabors, executive director, at newchoiceslancaster@gmail.com or 717-869-6363. Information is also available at www.newchoiceslancaster.org.

New Choices is a nonprofit organization funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation.

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UDSF Purchases Building September 28, 2017

United Disabilities Services Foundation (UDSF), which serves more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities, has purchased a building in East Hempfield Township to use as its permanent campus and bring together various programs in one place. United Disabilities Services (UDS) president and CEO Bill Kepner announced the purchase settlement on Sept. 21. UDS paid $2.5 million for the 31,293-square-foot structure at 2270 Erin Court.

The three-story brick structure, previously owned by Lancaster County, was built in 1990 and has been vacant for six years. After investing $1 million in renovations, UDS will move two locations and nine programs from the Greenfield Corporate Center, including its corporate offices and warehouse.

Approximately 100 employees will work at the new location. UDS Foundation, which also includes Independent Living Services and Adult Enrichment, has an additional 240 employees, who are located in service areas throughout central Pennsylvania. The building is being renovated, and UDS plans to move to its new location in early spring of 2018.

UDS was established 52 years ago and serves more than 5,000 people in 33 counties in Pennsylvania. Clients include people with physical disabilities, seniors with age-related lesser abilities, people with autism, and veterans. Services are home- and community-based and are designed to enable individuals to live more independently and safely in their own homes, enriching their lives, as well as the lives of their family members, caregivers, and community members.

Services include in-home personal care, supports coordination, accessible home modifications, custom wheelchair seating, adult enrichment, employment services, transition school, home medical equipment, service dogs, a resource center and youth sports. UDSF also offers business management solutions in the areas of human resources, information technology, finance, marketing, and management operations, as well as a resource call center available to other nonprofit organizations through UDSF's Non-Profit Management Solutions (NPMS) company.

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