Love In Action: Valentine’s Day 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! On a day infamous for Love, we took a moment to profile our hard working ministry teams to catch a glimpse of what “love” means to them. These are their stories…

We hope you “love” reading it!

Thrift Operations

Q: What about your ministry area best reflects the Love of Christ – how does LOVE motivate action?

A: Jon Fiorenza, Director of Thrift Operations:  The whole model of “thrift” is built on helping those in need (love, honor and serve). When people can provide for themselves and their loved ones, they have dignity and self-esteem. We have the opportunity to impact their lives and help many in this way.

A: Doreen Carey, Store Manager, York Economy Store: We love our customers, clients and donors by offering a kind and listening ear. Love is a growing process and we (our thrift teams) are part of that process.

Admin Office

Q: What about your ministry area best reflects the Love of Christ? What is love to you?

A: Kristi Glatfelter, Business Manager: For me, love is seeing the unseen people and impacting them by simply showing acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. A simple “Hi, how are you today?” goes a long way to someone who may not have had a word spoken to them that day.

A: Steve Brubaker, Programs Director: Love is more than sentimental feeling, it’s an action. Love is acting in someone’s eternal best interest.

A: Matthew Carey, CEO: [We show the Love of Christ through] personal one-on-one connections with our clients… seeing the life transformation in the lives of those that we impact. Holding someone’s hands, looking in their eyes and being a part of walking them through transition. Our team of dedicated people that love one another and those that we serve in all that they do. The determination of our team to come to their post everyday committed to impact those that we serve by offering a safe, healing and caring environment. We love on our community, regardless of the good or the bad, how big or small, known or unknown.

Youth Programs

Q: Through Your Eyes, How Are You “LOVE” to those our Youth Program serves?

A: LaQuinn Thompson, Youth Director: Love in youth ministry comes in various forms. Love is having patience…being caring… understanding and accepting. Working with the youth is [challenging], yet rewarding. Our youth are seeking guidance from others to help mold their minds. The more positive people we can surround our youth with that have the ability to remain patient, [and] caring [towards] others, [while being] understanding and accepting… [the more we] demonstrate the love of God.  …our youth… realize and recognize what love looks like [when these things occur] within our ministry. God provides those special tools (patience, caring, understanding, accepting) to allow us… to assist our youth by guiding them to the path toward salvation. This is what love looks like in youth ministry!

Single Women & Children’s Shelter (SWCS)

Q: Love comes in many forms. How is LOVE best lived out at the SWCS?

A: Tina Hildebrand, SWCS Director: Love is powerful….it is so powerful that it can heal a wound that is so deeply embedded in a woman or child’s heart and soul. It has the power to lead a broken and disillusioned woman to a restored relationship with God. Love has the power to lead a lost and hopeless family to Jesus, the lover of their souls, and we are the ones privileged to be the vessels to minister that love for Him.

Men’s Shelter

Q: What aspects of Love show up most often in the Men’s Shelter? What does LOVE help overcome?

A: Perseus Gross, Manager of House Operations: Love looks like grace and truth. We have to be able to understand that, with certain people,  they need help and people are going through a lot (trauma, addiction, etc) and we have to understand our responsibility is to hold them accountable but love on them through it all… to help push through. In my day to day, I ask myself, “How can I hold this person accountable but make them feel loved?” People are not always ready for truth, so love can look like it’s hurtful or harmful. But if we approach love in a Godly way, we know we are doing what we can to love that person.

A: Micah Heckert, Men’s Shelter DirectorThe very idea of “love” is rooted in the eternal reality that is God himself “is love.”  The Hebrew word Ahavah that offers us the most broad picture of what love can mean ranges from physically romantic love, to parental love, to mutually beneficial business/political relationships, to discipline and accountability.  This makes it all the more important to us that we seek to have both a robust view and an accurate view of what love that [honors] God really looks like.  

In the Men’s Ministry… we seek to utilize the story that Jesus himself told about the father and his prodigal sons (Luke 15: 11-32) as our guiding picture of how we practically love the men that we have the opportunity to serve.  We believe Jesus told this story because it speaks to the realities of our world and the nature of our development as human beings.  We recognize that the development of the people in that story involves both examples of extravagant graciousness when it was undeserved, but also the realization of felt consequences for actions and choices.  We offer grace, second chances, conversations, and gentleness as we walk with men who are coming out of homelessness because these things have been freely given to all of us by God in our own lives and in our own stories.  We offer, and rely on clear communication of guidelines and [consequences] when necessary… because this too has been given to us by God for our own good and for our own personal growth and development.  Truth and consequence without grace become legalism, and grace without truth and consequence results in a license to continue living in error.  To truly love the men that we serve we constantly seek to dialogue about and practice an appropriate balance of both of these realities; for God’s glory and for the good of our clients.  

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LifePath Christian Ministries is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, faith-based organization, accredited by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and with a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator. 73.3% of all gifts are put back into life-changing programs. We receive no government funding. All contributions are tax-deductible. Donate, or get involved today!

Educating the Whole Person for Life Transformation

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PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC FORBERGER

LifePath Christian Ministries provides for the needs of the community in an environment where all can be loved, honored and served. Its staff and volunteers are the makers and creators of new beginnings for those in need of hope and a transformation for life. 

Educating the Whole Person for Life Transformation

This holistic transformation is central to the organization’s mission and vision. The LifePath Christian Ministries Learning Center demonstrates how LifePath continues to evolve to meet the needs of individuals who need assistance with education, job training, life and conflict resolution skills to achieve a better quality of life. Chief Program Officer Steve Brubaker describes this vision.

Q: What is the purpose of the Learning Center?

A: The most obvious purpose is to improve the academic status and the employment capacity of the adult learner. Students will be challenged to meet a demand to learn something they might not have naturally pursued. They will learn to tolerate failure and achievement, get along with their fellow students and ask questions for understanding.

Q: How will the Learning Center help people further their education or receive job skills training?

A: The Learning Center provides individualized assessment and education planning. Software and instruction centers on academic review of basic skills, preparation for obtaining a GED or diploma, work to become computer literate and assistance with job searches and job acquisition.

Q: How do you believe the Learning Center fills a need in the community?

A: The unique aspect of the Learning Center is that it is housed in a homeless residential facility. This positioning gives support for a population that is often less used to expectations of regular and on-time attendance and accountability. The Learning Center staff meets regularly with LifePath’s residential and operational staff so that a student’s entire week context of attitude and behavior is considered as his or her progress through the recovery program is monitored.

Q: What do you envision for the future of the Learning Center?

A: We would like to develop an alumni association as a follow-up for graduates when each returns to the community. Also, a partnership with a technical school to accept appropriate graduates to learn a trade is a goal.

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Help create new beginnings and life transformations. LifePath Christian Ministries seeks donations of technical resources such as educational software, appropriate hardware, printers, etc. for the Learning Center and adults to serve as classroom helpers and tutors. LifePath also invites area employers to help with mock interviews, resume help, job search counsel and hiring opportunitiesfor graduates.

 

This post was originally published in YRK Magazine’s Issue No. 19. Winter Edition, devoted to York’s Makers & Creators.

When You Feed Others, You Can Transform Lives

 

When you look around the greater York community, you may not always see them, but they are present among us: individuals seeking hope and help. That is why LifePath Christian Ministries exists to offer people both hope and help beyond their basic needs by journeying with them toward a transformation for life.

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As a nonprofit, 100-percent donor-funded, faith-based organization, LifePath Christian Ministries (formerly York Rescue Mission) relies upon individuals of all ages, along with organizations and community partners, who give of themselves to serve others. From job training and life skills classes to conflict resolution and household budgeting, LifePath Christian Ministries dedicates itself to holistically helping people and ministering to their needs.

You can help transform lives starting from your own home kitchen.

From Oct. 2 through Dec. 15, help LifePath Christian Ministries reach its goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry in the York County community through its Fall Food Drive. Bring your nonperishable food items to collection boxes at York County Libraries branches, select Isaac’s locations and the following downtown York locations: Martin Library, Redeux, RSDC, and LifePath’s Food Pantry, 370 W. Clarke Ave.

Last year alone, LifePath Christian Ministries served close to 160,000 meals to those in need in York County. All food items collected through the Fall Food Drive go directly back to LifePath’s Food Pantry which supplies the ingredients needed throughout the year to prepare these meals.

The LifePath Christian Ministries Fall Food Drive is generously supported by Gold Sponsor TeleCom Business Solutions; Silver Sponsors Quality Digital Office Technology, York Container, Centurion Construction Group, Wagman Construction Inc., and Crime Intervention Alarm Co.; and Bronze Sponsors RSDC and McCreesh Slate Roofing.

“Even when we serve meals here, it’s about getting our volunteers involved and building relationships with those in our community,” says Dave Cook, corporate and community engagement manager. “We make the experience more than full bellies; it’s full hearts as well.”

You have the power to positively impact the lives of others. Through your nonperishable food donations to the LifePath Christian Ministries Fall Food Drive, you help to nourish a transformation for life.   

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Explore some other ways you can participate in the LifePath Christian Ministries Fall Food Drive: organize a food drive of your own among friends, family and co-workers, or make a donation online through live-rm-lifepath.pantheonsite.io.

This post was originally published in YRK Magazine’s Issue No. 18. Dining Dynamic.

#LPGiving: Giving Tuesday

10,000 generous donors who donate $10 or more will help us achieve our goal of $100,000 on Giving Tuesday. Thank you for walking alongside us. Your generosity will help us transform lives and community!

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LifePath To Healthy Eating Spotlight

RED LION, Pa. (WHTM) – Many low-income families don’t qualify for assistance or just qualify for a little bit, but a collaboration among organizations in York County aims to change that.

The York County Food Alliance includes numerous groups including Penn State Extension, WellSpan Health, and Lifepath Christian Ministries.

They hold Lifepath to Healthy Eating classes once a week for seven weeks for parents or grandparents with children under 19 in what’s known as the “food gap.” This includes families 185 percent or more over the poverty line who rely on charitable programs.

Go to ABC 27 website for the whole story.

York Rescue Mission Is Now LifePath Christian Ministries

Like anywhere else, York is full of broken people. But we believe that just focusing on their physical needs isn’t enough. We believe it’s our responsibility to go deeper…