The Partnership for Hope provides the following ministries to individuals:


~ after school programs for elementary age children

~ coordinating community service opportunities for volunteers

~ job training, recovery services, computer skills, and other supports to ex-offenders through coalitions and collaborative efforts with other organizations

~ gardening and agricultural education opportunities through a community garden that benefits local food pantries

~ basic needs help to disadvantaged people, and/or referral to other resources


The Partnership for Hope resources and mobilizes individuals and small groups of people into service at homeless shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, housing facilities for low income and mentally challenged adults, and other local and regional faith-based ministries and community programs.


It also innovates new ideas like holiday ‘dollar malls’ that offer dignity and help through low-cost presents. And The Partnership for Hope creates opportunities for people to make donations of furniture, household items, and food to men and women who’ve come to the attention of local government agencies and transitional housing providers like the Brethren Housing Association and Bridge of Hope.

In other regards The Partnership for Hope has facilitated donations of school supplies, food, baby blankets, Christmas presents, and other donations to the larger community through and with New Hope Church and its sister congregation, the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church and other inner city churches and organizations like Helping Hands Ministries.



The Partnership for Hope provides the following services to other non-profits:


  • ~ developing technology solutions to help non-profit organizations communicate more effectively with each other and provide better care to the people they serve

  • ~ collaborating with other non-profits to create new programs or improve existing ones

  • ~ organizing and hosting local and regional events and fundraisers for charities and community organizations


  • GET UP! GET ACTIVE!: One of the Partnership for Hope’s first initiatives, the Get up! Get Active! after school fitness program is undergoing an expansion. Started a number of years ago as a collaboration with local elementary schools to help kids who are at risk for obesity, the program has been recognized and supported by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Harrisburg Patriot News. Staff from The Partnership for Hope and Central Dauphin School District lead fitness and nutrition education components of the program and interns from Messiah College work with volunteers from The Partnership for Hope & other churches to help kids improve their physical health, food choices, and their spiritual and emotional well-being. We're very fortunate for funding from The Foundation for Enhancing Communities! The Foundation has helped us underwrite costs for technology development, the Get Up! Get Active! program, technology development, and our expansion of efforts to provide over $100,000 in baby needs to single parents and young families in need. Thank you TFEC!

  • HELPING THE HOMELESS: The Partnership for Hope has been blessed to support the efforts of the Interfaith Family Homeless Shelter. As the only one of its kind in central PA, the Interfaith Shelter keeps families together in one place while they pick up the pieces and find jobs and permanent housing. Thanks to some wonderful, willing volunteers, corporate and private donations, and a whole lot of work we've been able to provide 'homewarming' kits to families as they leave the shelter. It's truly wonderful to see much needed and much appreciated supplies and furniture from a totally packed storage unit be delivered to people in need! Tears of gratitude so often flow from not only recipients, but volunteers, too!BASIC NEEDS: As a result of The Partnership's efforts working alongside the Interfaith Family Homeless Shelter, we've established retail partnerships through which we've collected over $1,300,000 in donated housewares, baby needs, furniture and other items! We've been fortunate to support the efforts of over 25 organizations providing care to over 4,000 struggling youth and families, ex-offenders, those recovering from substance abuses, women and children who are fleeing violence, and many others.


  • EX-OFFENDERS: The Partnership for Hope has also been mobilizing the music teams, recovery program leadership, and the volunteers and staff of New Hope Church to counsel, support, and serve holiday meals to over 150 men who are transitioning from state prisons through a local ‘half-way’ house operated by Keystone Correctional Services. The Partnership for Hope has been asked to participate in a new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-sponsored coalition that provides life skills, job training, addiction recovery counseling, and AIDS testing for former prisoners and to join the Capital Region Ex-Offender Support Coalition created by the United Way of the Capital Region. VETERANS: The Partnership for Hope was privileged to work with Dauphin County government and veteran's support organizations at a recent PA Services Connect Veteran's Resource and Support Showcase. Dozens of people from over 40 organizations offered their support to over 150 of our veterans.

  • COMMUNITY GARDEN: We're fortunate again this year to extend the New Hope Community Garden to our neighbors in Harrisburg! While gardeners can simply enjoy growing their own produce, we're also participating in the national Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign and partnering with Channels Food Rescue to get donations of fresh vegetables to people in need!

    MOBILE OFFICE: Pursuant to its mission of helping people at their point of need and collaborating with other organizations to improve care, The Partnership for Hope is leading efforts to develop and implement technologies that will provide ‘mobile offices’ for social workers. To be piloted in Dauphin County later this year, the internet-based communication tools will enable the workers to provide better and more timely care, allow people in need to access the programs, resources, and people of community and faith-based organizations, and minimize the waste and liability of paper-based processes.