Water Street Ministries

Restored to be Restorers

aka Water Street Mission   |   Lancaster, PA   |  http://wsm.org/

Mission

Since 1917 our purpose is to advance the kingdom of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ and to do missionary, relief, and rescue work of all kinds.

Ruling year info

1941

President

Mr. Jack Crowley

Main address

210 S Prince Street

Lancaster, PA 17603 USA

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EIN

23-6004676

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Christian (X20)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We focus on those who are living at or near the poverty line...who are most at-risk of experiencing hunger, violence, addiction, homelessness and early death.
Water Street Mission provides an environment of hope and healing for men, women and children in Lancaster County who are experiencing homelessness.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Services for the homeless

Water Street Mission is a Christian non-profit focused on walking along-side and assisting in the restoration of individuals and families who are typically marginalized in our communities. We are compelled by the mission that Jesus quoted from Isaiah 61 as he started his ministry: to bring good news to the poor, healing and hope to the hurting, and to see them become "Oaks of Righteousness" and restorers of our broken communities.
As we work with individuals and families experiencing homelessness and struggling with poverty, we seek to meet them where they are by providing for their practical needs and building trust for the journey. We continue to walk with them as they rebuild their lives and develop the skills and resources needed to thrive. And we equip them to return to the community ready to contribute to, serve, and improve their neighborhoods and the community at large.
For over 110 years, we have been blessed to see thousands of lives restored physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and we have seen Lancaster become a better place because of the impact of those who were once living on the edges.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are determined to provide the path, resources, and support for every marginalized neighbor in our community to be able to actively engage and awaken to their identities in Christ and permanently end the cycle of poverty and homelessness in their lives. We seek to transform the way others view poverty and homelessness and provide a model for transforming communities throughout the world.

Most conventional methods of dealing with homelessness focus on social justice and the lack of housing itself. Water Street's Christ-centered approach focuses on root causes and false beliefs, empowering our guests to develop new thinking, behaviors and skills to achieve sustainable housing. Water Street's approach to renewal is not a one-size-fits-all program or set series of steps. We have developed a Water Street Renewal Services program that involves five principal steps. 1. A commitment to life change: Guest have come to believe that change is truly possible, and they have a clear picture of a desired, secure future. 2. A comprehensive assessment: A Water Street Case Manager conducts a "deep dive" assessment to determine the guest's needs in all the key areas of the Whole Person Model. 3. A clear action plan: The guest and their Case Manager develop a clear action plan for growth and wholeness in the seven dimensions of the Whole Person Model. The guest sets their goals and makes a commitment to actions that will be needed for their achievement. 4. Execution of the plan: Guests on a daily basis follow their action plan, accessing services like Water Street's Enrichment Center and Health Services, as well as offerings from partnering agencies. A Water Street Life Coach walks with the guest through this process. 5. Successful transition back to the community: Upon completion of the plan, the guest is transitioned back to the community. The Whole Person Model seeks to address the seven dimensions of health to help every guest move beyond their individual challenges to experience renewal. That model works with: Life Skills, Sustainable Housing, Family Engagement, Physical Health, Behavioral Health, Career & Service and Community Network with Spiritual Health at the core. Water Street's approach is

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Water Street Ministries

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Diane Poillon

Willow Valley Associates

Term: 2022 - 2023

Michael Novak

Life Stewardship Advisors

Charles Mershon

Cornerstone Family Health Associates

Roger North

North Group Consultants

Todd Harrington

Trout, Ebersole & Groff

Matt Hartzler

Warfel Construction Company

Philip Smith

Fulton Bank

Aaron Hollis

Blakinger Thomas,. PC

Diane Poillon

Willow Valley

Karl McKinney

Pastor

Ruby Jones

Perish No More

Karen Uhrich

Professor, PA College of Health Sciences

Dwight Kreiser

Director of Finance at LCBC Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No