Since 1987, Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties served families at risk of homelessness, or recovering from homelessness in our community.

On December 1, 2017 Good Samaritan Shelter and Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties merged and became Good Samaritan Services.

The services and programs offered by Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties are still continuing, now part of Good Samaritan Services.

Permanent Housing Services and Bridge of Hope @ Good Samaritan Services

Serving families that are doubled up, at risk of homelessness, in the eviction process, or homeless.

Accepting referrals from

  • Emergency Shelters
  • Transitional Housing
  • Self or family
  • Landlords
  • Community organizations

Assisting families to secure and maintain permanent housing in the community

  • Case management and goal planning
  • Resource development
  • Life skills & parenting support
  • Mentoring/volunteer support
  • Appropriate levels of financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation

Bridge of Hope @ Good Samaritan Services provides professional case management services, rental support and mentoring groups (called neighboring groups) to 42 single mothers and their children across Lancaster & Chester County every day.

We firmly believe that families are stronger, healthier, and more successful when they are in their own housing. Homelessness and housing insecurity has traumatic effects on mothers and children. Mothers often experience depression for several years after experiencing a housing crisis. When children experience homelessness or housing insecurity their mental health, physical health and educational performance is negatively impacted. Bridge of Hope @ Good Samaritan Services works with single mothers and their children to have long-lasting impact and change.

Annual Impact – Permanent Housing Services program

Some of our statistics from the 2017–18 fiscal year include:

Rental Assistance

$87,792 provided in rental assistance to single mothers across Lancaster & Chester Counties

Mother and child

208 Women and Childrenwere served, helping them stay in permanent housing

12 Familiesgraduated from the program

Mentor

80 Mentors providing friendship and support from local churches

Olga’s Story of Resilience

Olga’s family faced homelessness when she was a teenager. Thanks to Bridge of Hope Lancaster County, her family received housing support. That experience helped motivate her to pursue a career in social work. Today, she is a student at Lancaster Bible College, majoring in Social Work, and she was an intern at Good Samaritan Services!