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The purpose of the Holy Trinity Challenge Grant fund is to support initiatives for the development of services to address social, economic or cultural needs in Lancaster County.
Since 2001, the Community Outreach Ministry has awarded a $5,000 Challenge Grant annually. In 2011 the committee awarded two $5,000 grants to commemorate the Challenge Grant‘s 10th anniversary. In 2013 the Challenge Grant awarded $2,500 for existing programs, in addition to the $5,000 Grant for new projects. Priorities in selection of an organization to be awarded a Challenge Grant are:
1. Address the needs of the most at-risk populations 2. Provide services which help recipients to move toward living situations of self-support 3. Empower people to be full participants in the economic, social and cultural life of the community.
The presentations of the grants usually take place on a Sunday in early December at both worship services. Below are past recipients of the Challenge Grant:
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ASSETS Lancaster was established in 1993 by Mennonite Economic Development Associates. Since then, ASSETS has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs in obtaining their goals. Through their program, small business owners learn how to start, manage and grow a young business.
Microenterprise support for entrepreneurs in Lancaster County has been their focus and mission for 20 years.
Their staff, trainers and volunteers are entrepreneurial and have extensive experience in local small business. All services are provided in both English and Spanish.
The success of small businesses, as well as the support of entrepreneurs, strengthens the community as a whole, bringing prosperity to the City of Lancaster. It’s for that reason that Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is happy to provide financial aid to ASSETS Lancaster.
To learn more, visit AssetsLancaster.org.
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Since 1989, Bridge of Hope’s program model has been implemented to end and prevent homelessness for single mothers and their children.
Through three-way partnerships between homeless single mothers, trained church-based mentoring groups, and trained case managers, the model has shown an 80% success rate.
Women graduate from the Bridge of Hope program having attained permanent rental housing, financial stability through employment, and a support network of friends from a church in their community.
As a member of the community, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is proud to support this organization, by helping not just single mothers, but also by providing opportunities for the next generation to succeed as well.
To learn more about Bridge of Hope, please visit their website.
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Every day, Clare House receives calls from women who find themselves homeless as a result of abusive relationships, addiction, loss of employment, or simply slipping through “the system.” These women need a safe place for themselves and their children where they can turn their lives around. They need someone who understands and is willing to give them a hand.
Psalm 72:14 reads, “He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.” Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is proud of its partnership with Clare House, as they continue to reach out to the afflicted.
To donate to the Clare House, please visit their campaign page. All donations directly benefit the Clare House of Lancaster, and are used to refurbish their homes utilized within that ministry.
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COBYS Family Services is a Christian agency, affiliated with the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren. Founded in 1979 as a teen foster care program, we originally were named Church of the Brethren Youth Services (COBYS). Over more than a quarter century of service, we have grown into a comprehensive family ministry that now includes adoption and foster care services, counseling, family life education, and a permanency program.
Since 1989 COBYS has been headquartered in the historic Oregon Mill, north of Lancaster (near Oregon Dairy and Reflections Restaurant). To better reflect the broadened scope of services and clients, in 1992 we adopted the name “COBYS Family Services.” While the letters of the acronym “COBYS” no longer have meaning, the name “COBYS Family Services” has come to mean Christlike concern for children and families.
To learn more, please visit their website here.
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Crispus Attucks Community Center strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.
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Serving over 18,000 individuals annually, Gaudenzia Addiction Treatment and Recovery operates 135 drug and alcohol treatment programs for men and women in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, including one in Lancaster County. Services include specialty programs for pregnant and parenting mothers, adolescents, and people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.
Gaudenzia continues to improve and expand our services, helping individuals, families and communities overcome the ravages of addiction. Passionately providing services to help build a thriving community is a strong-suit for Holy Trinity, which is why we are proud to support this ongoing program.
For more information on Gaudenzia Addiction Treatment and Recovery, visit their website at Gaudenzia.org.
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Women come to Milagro House for many reasons. Some are recovering from addiction, some are suffering with mental illness, most of them have been abused. Some suffer with low self esteem, insufficient education, inadequate parenting skills or poor self discipline. All of them are mothers and all of them are homeless.
Their program offers women and their children housing, education, weekly mental health counseling, budgeting and parenting support. Women who enter Milagro House come with a commitment and determination to move ahead in their education and gain the skills to support themselves and their children and to manage their lives after they move into their own housing.
It’s that commitment to education that sets Milagro House apart. As maturing Christians, we too continue to grow. And it’s that commitment to helping out these sisters which is why Holy Trinity is proud to provide support to this worthy cause.
To learn more, please visit their website.
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Initially founded in the early 1980s, The Mix at Arbor Place put up a new state-of-the-art facility in 2010 to effectively meet the needs of their youth.
With a new building, a new focus was realized as well. Instead of operating as a ‘youth hang out center’, Arbor Place began a structured after school program. The new structured approach allows staff to provide intentional activities for kids. The after school program has a holistic approach to development by focusing on social, academic, spiritual, and physical needs.
These four needs coincide with Holy Trinity’s mission, and we are happy to continue this ongoing relationship with The Mix at Arbor Place. Please visit their website at ArborPlace.org to learn more.
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Mom’s House was founded to support single parents and the challenges they face to continue their education. Their primary service is their free childcare center, but they also offer our parent educational programs, and other supportive services. With the help of Mom’s House, parents have gone on to become teachers, nurses, medical technicians, physical therapists, and even engineers.
It is that promotion of growth and nurturing, for both the mother and children, which is what aligns Mom’s House with the ideals of Holy Trinity. By breaking down those social and economic barriers, we give all members of this growing community a chance to succeed.
To learn more, and read some of their success stories, visit their website here.
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Since 1993, The Threshold Foundation has built a model for engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, The Threshold Foundation works with over 60 teens and volunteers to farm on 1 1/2 acre of land in the City of Lancaster Pa. They consider their hallmark to be their focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work.
As a church committed to supporting those traveling through all walks of life, including young people, Holy Trinity is proud to support the Threshold Foundation. There are so many ways to get involved in The Threshold Foundation. To find out how to become a part of it, explore their website here.
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Transitional Living Center (TLC) is a 52-room, short-term, interim housing facility staffed 24 hours/365 days a year. The focus of the TLC program is to end the cycle of homelessness and each household must be committed to the goal of finding permanent housing. TLC residents work one-on-one with their TLC case managers to develop a step-by-step plan to obtain permanent, sustainable housing.
This plan includes a working budget and referrals to other services and resources including education, employment, and/or recovery, if needed. Additionally, TLC’s Life Long Learning classes offer participants the opportunity for personal and professional development.
To learn more, or to donate, visit their site.
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