Why We Are Here
Christian Services was birthed in 1981 by Helen Warren who had a passion for bringing those with needs together with those who had resources to share. We are proud of our beginning and of the many programs and services we provide for Lancaster County today. Christian Services became a 501(C)3 in 2005 and is unique among local non-profits because 60% of our agency operating revenue is generated from our Family Store and Bowling Center. Our Food Pantry, Family Store, Bowling/Community Center and Life Skills workshops employ 22 full-time and part-time employees.
Improving the quality of life of families and children by eliminating barriers to opportunity.
Christian Services is well known for our Food Pantry which is a partner agency of Second Harvest Metrolina, Charlotte Food Bank network. Over 1,100 families receive food monthly and over 1 million pounds of food has been distributed each of the past five years.
Our Angel Tree program, which partners with Prison Fellowship, has provided Christmas gifts and positive Christmas memories for children for over 35 years. Every Christmas over 200 children, some with parents who are incarcerated, receive toys & clothes provided by community individuals, businesses, and churches. Parents and guardians are required to attend one of our Life Skills classes or volunteer for a non-profit agency to receive gifts.
Our Saving Our Families Together program conducts Life Skills workshops that include Parenting, Anger Management, Finance and Budgeting, and Soft Skills such as communication and conflict resolution. Approximately 150 to 175 individuals participate each year.
Our newest mission is The Lancaster Bowling/Community Center. In March of 2017, the Lancaster Bowling Center was purchased to provide a place where people can Gather, Meet, Recreate, Celebrate, Party, Eat, Train, and Learn. We believe there needs to be a place where people can come together to do these things so that the barriers which separate us can be broken down and eliminated. The Center provides inexpensive entertainment and activities such as Bowling, Mini Golf, Bounce Houses, Arcade games and a venue for those in our community to host Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Sports Banquets, Training Events, Graduations, Bridal Showers, and Worship. The Center also functions as our headquarters, Angel Tree warehouse, and provides the training environment for our Saving Our Families Together programs. The Bowling Center is not a profit center and the annual thirty thousand dollar operating loss, which is funded by profits from our Family Store, was anticipated in our decision to purchase in order to meet the community needs and services listed above.
Lastly, a mainstay of Christian Services is our Family Thrift Store which has a little bit of everything: used furniture, appliances, linens, clothing, shoes, and knick-knacks, all at great prices. The Store also provides clothing and household items without charge for new foster parents, short term emergency victims, individuals recently released from prison, and those individuals referred by other agencies or churches. Our Family Store generates 60% of our revenue so Donate, Shop, & Make a Difference!
Springs Close Foundation
Fabric of the Community Award
To mark the milestones of 70 years of grant making and passing the $100 million mark in grants provided to Chester, Lancaster, and York counties, the Foundation launched the "Fabric of the Community" awards to honor individuals and organizations that uphold Colonel Springs’ legacy of service to others. Christian Services was humbled to be recognized in 2015 as one of only five organizations to receive this coveted award for its 34 years of service to the Lancaster County community.
Board Governance Chair
Sheresa (Pam) Ingram
Dr. Altheresa Goode Howard
Christian Services is a partner agency of the United Way of Lancaster South Carolina. We THANK the United Way for the thousands of dollars received to help families secure first time housing by assisting with utility and housing deposits and to purchase food for our Food pantry clients. This is an example of "Living United" to improve the lives of our fellow Lancaster citizens by linking community resources with a human need.