Our Mission

In keeping with Christ’s teachings, Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services works to meet the various needs of our homeless, at-risk, and socially isolated neighbors by providing food and clothing, as well as access to established social service providers to improve their standard of living sustainably.

History

In 2010, the Conestoga Valley Ministerium (a coalition of local pastors) created Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services to consolidate food and clothing banks housed in various churches. In 2014, CVCCS moved into the Lapp Electric building to offer a one-stop shop for food and clothing, and to provide access to established social services.

CVCCS continues to assess the needs of our community and seeks to add services that benefit the people we serve. That is why, in addition to our core programs – the food and clothing banks – we now provide financial counseling, food programs that address childhood hunger, and mentoring at-risk children.

Programs

Community Food Bank – A client choice food pantry serving dairy, meat, produce, bakery items, and non-perishable foods once every 30 days to residents of the Conestoga Valley School District. Learn More »

Clothing Bank – Open to all residents of Lancaster County, with an agency referral, the CVCCS clothing bank offers gently used and new clothing, coats, shoes, and accessories. Learn More »

Weekend Blessings – For children in the Conestoga Valley School District who receive free or reduced lunches. Children are sent home with a bag of easy to prepare meals to take home for the weekend. CVCCS served 150 children and teens a week during the 2017-18 school year. Learn More »

Summer Lunch – Serves a nutritious meal to over 100 children and teens, three days a week, in low-income areas in the Conestoga Valley School District from June through August. CVCCS partners with area churches and parks to provide the children a safe place to eat and offer fun activities to keep the kids busy. Learn More »

Rooted Afterschool Tutoring and Mentoring Program – Provides one-on-one mentoring to children in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades who have been referred to us by their school because of behavioral or learning challenges and considered to be at-risk. Rooted meets every Tuesday during the school year. The program offers math and reading tutoring, Bible study, group activities, and a healthy snack. Learn More »

Back on Track Financial Coaching – Assists people, who work or have an income, to overcome a financial disaster and avoid becoming homeless due to an unexpected expense. CVCCS will pay a one-time bill (car repair, back rent, utility bill, application fee, etc.) in exchange for the client’s agreement to participate in three coaching sessions with our financial counselors. The goal is to teach clients financial literacy skills and how to create a plan to save and budget money. In some cases, we may also refer clients to educational programs to enhance or learn new job skills with the intent to increase their income. Learn More »