This is a very difficult post to write, but it is unfortunately a reality our agency is facing. Neighborhood Services is currently in crisis and at risk of closing our doors after 50+ years in operation due to a cut in funding. What that means is over 350 individuals who are residing in their homes, personal care or nursing care will lose the person and agency that has been there for them.
Imagine- you live alone, you have no family, no friends and you suddenly have a medical emergency- a stroke, an accident, and your mental capacity has been diminished. You can no longer cook or clean, let alone pay your bills. You are living in waste and have no one to help you. How much longer could you survive! That is where Neighborhood Services comes in. We are there for individuals who have NO ONE else to help them. We take care of finances and medical decisions and most importantly, we ensure individuals are SAFE.
Neighborhood Services of Lancaster is a social service agency providing Guardianship, Organizational Representative Payee and Permanent Supportive Housing. Our programs improve the daily quality of like for individuals throughout the Susquehanna Valley- with clients throughout 13 different counties!! The individuals we advocate for and care about are survivors of poverty who struggle daily with the stigma of mental health, intellectual disabilities and/or addiction.
Neighborhood Services is a huge advocate for individuals with no voice. We cannot continue to operate without the communities financial support. If Neighborhood Services closes its doors, who would be able to step in and provide the support to those 350 clients we serve. We may see more individuals throughout Lancaster County dealing with the reality of living in poverty and economic distress, which tends to result in more crime, higher incarceration and associated costs, among other outcomes.
Thank you for your consideration, your gift will give much HOPE to the community we serve.
Marisol Torres, Board President and Kari Stanley, Executive Director