Shepherd of the Streets
United Churches began this ministry on April 1, 1988 to provide spiritual and material help to those on the streets, confronting fear, hunger, homelessness, unemployability or other difficulties. Through the Shepherd Ministry the churches of Lycoming County are able to assist people who need hope and peace in the midst of poverty and need. advocate with local agencies, law enforcement and correctional agencies.
The ministry provides for: clinical pastoral counseling bedding and hygiene items medical transportation assistance medical, dental, and visual assistance referrals.
How Can You Help?
There are opportunities for laity to serve as a receptionist or as an office volunteer.
There are also opportunities for congregations and individuals to provide items for personal hygiene which are listed below.
Large bars soap
Band-aids and bandage supplies
Gel shaving cream
Diapers in larger sizes
Our pantry provides emergency food to assist households who are food insecure stretch their family food budget. Families can qualify for assistance monthly, and are able to walk along the shelves and choose items they will use and need at that particular time. To request food assistance, call 570-322-1657 and leave a message on the answering machine. Someone will return your call to schedule your appointment. The coordinator of the pantry, Mona Rundio, will help you feel comfortable and welcome.
How Can You Help?
Donations of non-perishable food items and funds to purchase them are always needed.
Please note that the summer months are one of the busiest times for pantries because children are out of school so they eat more meals at home and everyone is more active. We also like to stock foods children can cook themselves as needed.
Cereal and Oatmeal (especially the individual packs)
Mac & Cheese (especially microwaveable for kids this summer)
Soups (especially microwaveable for kids this summer)
Hamburger / Chicken / Tuna Helper
Tuna and other canned meats
Noodles and Pasta
Pickles and Olives
Pancake Mix and Syrup
Tea / Coffee / Cocoa
Peanut butter and Jelly (especially grape)
Juices (16 oz/less)
Jello and Pudding
Condiments – Ketchup – Mustard – Relish – Mayonnaise