Good Samaritan Services and East Petersburg Mennonite Church Partner to Provide Housing

LANCASTER, Pa. – March 27, 2019— Good Samaritan Services, a local organization which provides temporary emergency, transitional and affordable permanent housing, and essential community resources to men, women, and children experiencing or at risk for homelessness in Chester and Lancaster counties, today announced a new housing partnership with East Petersburg Mennonite Church.

The East Petersburg Mennonite Church has agreed to lease a home they own in Lancaster County to help provide affordable housing to a family in the GSS Permanent Housing Services program. The home, which had previously used to house refugees in need of shelter, has been recently renovated. Renovations were funded through volunteer support and by generous donations from church members.

“We are so grateful for our new partnership with East Petersburg Mennonite Church, said Nate Hoffer, CEO for Good Samaritan Services. “We know how important it is for families, especially children, to feel secure in their housing. The church’s generous offer helps us provide a safe, affordable, permanent home to a mom and her kids who may otherwise face unstable housing situations. The partnership is a truly great example of how a church and nonprofit organization can come together to serve a critical need in Lancaster County.”

The church will also provide a group of neighboring volunteers to support the family who leases the home.

Each year, Good Samaritan Services serves more than 200 women and children with its Permanent Housing Services program. The organization provides more than $87,000 in rental assistance annually to local families in need through the It’s Good to Be Home program.