The Factory Ministries brings communities together and empowers them to develop strategic alliances for reaching out and helping people overcome poverty-related issues. Every local church, organization, business, school, and government agency has a role to fulfill for our communities to be strengthened.
Community Action Network
The Factory Ministries is mobilizing change by developing partnerships that offer several programs to the community:
- I Can Help Program – Everyone can do something to help someone in need. This is a database of volunteers who are willing to use their time, abilities, and resources to help someone in need. Click here to volunteer
- Making a Living, Making a Difference – An opportunity for businesses to give back to the community by offering services to help families in poverty, providing benevolent funds for families in crisis, offering service opportunities for employees to volunteer in the community, and providing poverty education workshops for their employees.
- Educational Workshops – Teaming with Pequea Valley High School and The Family Center of Gap, The Factory Ministries offers quarterly education workshops to raise the awareness of poverty in our area and to give opportunities for individuals to make a positive difference.
Poverty Task Force
The Factory Ministries has developed a Poverty Task Force that meets quarterly to strategically create and implement community-wide efforts for helping families affected by poverty-related issues. Current Task force members include:
- Churches – Grace Point Church of Paradise & Gap Community Church
- Representatives from Paradise Township, Leacock Township & Salisbury Township
- Businesses – Dutchland, Inc. & Custom Kitchens / Doutrich Homes
- Schools – Pequea Valley School District & Harrisburg Area Community College
- A representative from the Amish Community and a representative from the community
Bridges out of Poverty Trainings
In these one day workshops, participants will create a mental model of poverty, review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure and language. The seminar puts into words what many veteran professionals and community members have experienced. Throughout the workshop, participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes for people living in poverty, but the focus of the workshop is to provide a broad overview of the concepts.Click here to register for Bridges Out of Poverty
Safe Families Mentoring Program
The Factory Ministries is partnering with Bethany Christian Services to offer their Safe Families Program. Safe Families for Children helps parents experiencing a tempo- rary crisis arrange for their children to stay with a loving family un