Ephrata Area School District Home and School Visitors/School Social Workers
Provide resources, connections, and support for students and families. Help with medical/dental needs, medical assistance/CHIP applications, homeless student services, holiday programs, mental health issues, community resource referrals, attendance concerns, grandparent support, and more.
Elementary – Ann Lavelle, A_Lavelle@easdpa.org, 717.721.1400, ext. 14500
EIS/EMS – Jennifer Lugar, J_Lugar@easdpa.org, 717.721.1552
EHS – Francie Wiker, F_Wiker@easdpa.org, 717.721.1139
227 North State Street, Ephrata 717.733.0345
Serves residents in the Ephrata Area and Cocalico school districts. Registration required which includes an application and identification and proof of residency. Appointment required for all services. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.
Food Bank – 4-5 day supply of food including milk, bread, eggs, margarine, Available every 30 days by appointment. No fee.
Transportation – Door to door service for senior citizens and other to medical and personal appointments (not work). Free will donation accepted.
Emergency Financial Assistance Program – Funding available to help with home heating fuel, electric payments, prescriptions and overnight lodging. Level of help depends on family size and urgency.
Community Commons: 260 S. Reading Road (next to the Ephrata Library), 717.733-6562, Navigation Services- Social Services, Utilities (PPL, UGI), ELRC (Childcare), Head Start
Tues and Thurs by appointment at the Community Commons: 260 S. Reading Road (next to the Ephrata Library). Contact Kim Sullenberger by phone 717.509.3686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way collaboration to serve the community, offers VITA free tax preparation program, and various support groups. 717.738.9291 ext. 102, email@example.com
United Way 2-1-1 Lancaster County resources
COMPASS State resources
227 North State St, Ephrata, 717-738-0345, Client-choice Grocery Pantry (By appointment only), Grocery Browsing Section (No appointment required)
100 E. Main Street, Ephrata, Free lunches every Saturday 11:30 AM – 1 PM while supplies last. Lunches are available to take home.
320 Church Ave., Ephrata, Food bank is open Wednesday each week from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.
Saturdays 8:00 – 10:00 AM. No appointment needed.
First Saturday of the Month – Faith United Lutheran Church, 357 Walnut Street, Denver, 717.336.2141
Second Saturday of the Month – Lititz Mennonite Church, 165 E. Front Street, Lititz, 717.626.8327
Third Saturday of the Month – Zion Lutheran Church, 435 Main Street, Akron, 717-859-2100 (Clothing Bank)
Fourth Saturday of the Month – Landis Valley Christian Fellowship, 2420 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, 717.569.6051
Offers free food boxes of food every Wednesday from 11 AM – 2 PM at Akron Church of the Brethren (613 Main Street, Akron, 717.859.2156)
Lancaster’s largest thrift store.
ReUzit on State Street – 1054 S. State Street, Ephrata Pa 17522
Fashion Cents Consignment &Thrift Stores – 240 N Reading Rd, Ephrata PA 17522
Welcome Home Thrift & More- 2800 N. Reading Rd Suite 430, Adamstown PA 19501
The District provides assistance for homeless students in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act.
Works with homeless or at risk of being homeless single mothers with children. Contact 717.207.8932 or inquire via the website.
Affordable housing communities throughout Lancaster County. Location availability, application and eligibility requirements can be found online.
Offers transitional housing and emergency shelter programs. Contact 1.888.477.0025.
A family experiencing homelessness, can be brought into a home setting for six to nine-months for nurture, coaching, and intentional training. Call Tyriq Clark at 717.735.7540 ext. 105.
Formerly Tabor and LHOP. Provides budgeting and credit counseling, first time homebuyer program, landlord tenant dispute help, and eviction prevention. Contact 717.397.5182.
Connects those experiencing homelessness with community resources or emergency shelter. Access by calling 211 or 1.855.567.5342 for pre- screening and referral M-F 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.