Habitat for Humanity

Mission Work in our Community

View the team and their work at 530 Howard Street in downtown Lancaster.

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Responding to the needs right in our own back yard!

The Saint James mission team has a new exciting opportunity to transform a home for Habitat For Humanity in our downtown Lancaster neighborhood! No experience is necessary and training is provided onsite.

Work can range from demolition, yard work, and preparing the home for remodeling to finishing work such as caulking, painting, appliance installation and cleaning.  All volunteers are welcome—regardless of experience. If this is your first time volunteering with Habitat, you will need to take a short online safety course prior to signing up for your dates. There are 10 volunteer slots available for each day so good fun and community will abound. Please pack a lunch and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated on the job!

Masks are currently being worn (due to COVID) while working inside. Masks—and a hat, eye protection and gloves—are strongly recommended due to the nature of the demolition work. Parking at the site will be on Lime Street or Susquehanna and Juniata  Streets around the corner from the property. You are welcome to sign up for one or as many days as you would like.

Click here to download the signup instructions.

Click here to register your spot on the Habitat for Humanity website.


Archived mission trips

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Click here to registerContribute to the 2020 mission trip to Puerto Rico

New homebuyer Shamaica and her three children have been matched to 723 South Lime Street in Lancaster. When she applied to Habitat’s First Time Homebuyer program, Shamaica explained that her family was living in an apartment with a mold problem that was making her daughters sick. She already has over 110 hours of sweat equity invested in her “new” home and is looking forward to working alongside our volunteers as renovation on the home gets underway.

For more information about the Saint James team, email Julia Witmer Gallagher.

If you have any trouble registering online, please contact the Saint James office at 717-397-4858.

Thank you to all who participated in the Give 20 at Iron Hill on December 2. 

Taste of Puerto Rico Fundraiser
Sunday January 19, 2020

On Sunday, January 19, we will gather for a festive celebration of Puerto Rican food and fellowship at the charming Old San Juan Restaurant & Rum Bar in downtown Lancaster! Proceeds from this event will help fund the next mission trip to Puerto Rico scheduled for February 16 – 22, 2020.

Last year’s event was so popular we’ve added an additional seating! We’ve got the whole place to ourselves and three seatings to choose from (1:00, 4:00 and 7:00 PM). There are only 180 seats available for the day and this event will be broadly promoted in multiple congregations and the community at large, so reserve your table now!

Feast on island delicacies such as pollo guisado (stewed chicken), pernil (roasted pork), rice and beans, vegetarian delight, plátanos maduros (fried sweet plantains) and beef empanadas, all served buffet-style so you can sample it all!

Fountain sodas, coffee and tea and your gratuity are included with your ticket. At the restaurant’s Rum Bar, you can purchase a variety of wine, beer and cocktails, including Old San Juan’s own Caribbean specialty drinks. Dessert (did someone say flan?) is also available for an additional price.

Old San Juan is located in the Hager Arcade adjacent to Central Market. There is plenty of street parking and fee lots right around the restaurant.

We are now receiving donations for our return mission trip in February of 2019

Funds collected will be used to pay for transportation while there, some building materials and other expenses during the course of the week.

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