In 2020, Servants created a five-year plan that included expanding our Home Helps ministry into five new counties. In addition to being the closest, we had some existing connections in Lancaster, so it was selected as the first growth area for 2021. It wasn’t long after the goal was set that we crossed paths with CrossNet Ministries.
Crossnet Ministries exists to offer help and hope in the name of Jesus Christ by empowering people in Eastern Lancaster County.They accomplish this through multiple programs in the areas of Youth, Social Services, Food & Nutrition, and Community Outreach. In all of those areas they desire to build relationships and resources in the lives of the kids, teens, and adults they are serving. The similarities between CrossNet’s mission and Servants’ resonated strongly, and when we learned of their desire to begin offering home repair services to their clients, a partnership seemed natural. Over the course of 2021 we began exploring how we could work together. CrossNet staff began completing Home Helps applications with participants in their network for needed home repairs, and as a result, volunteers completed five projects in ELANCO. That was just the start of the Servants/CrossNet collaboration. At the start of 2022 Servants hired a full-time project manager for Lancaster County who will be working in ELANCO and throughout the county as our volunteer base grows and services expand. We are excited to see how God will work and grow His kingdom through this exciting new partnership!