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York C.A.R.E.S.

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  York C.A.R.E.S.

The Mission of York C.A.R.E.S.  is 'To help York’s homeless build stronger, healthier lives through compassionate and essential services

We are an outgrowth of One York: Government & faith-based community groups coming together to share resources & opportunities. We quickly realized that there is an immediate need for essential services to assist York’s homeless population and fill the gaps in services in the county. We were introduced and visited Carlisle C.A.R.E.S and New Hope ministries early on in our process and we adopted our name of York C.A.R.E.S. to associate with Carlisle and Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. both well developed and recognized homeless outreach organizations. Homeless individuals are transient by nature and circumstances. The name York C.A.R.E.S.  identifies our work serving the needs of the homeless and welcomes them with familiarity. We concentrate on the needs of homeless men, women and children and we seek to fill gaps not presently met by other groups in York county.

We are currently operating a Coffee Spot and Mail Spot through at the

Normal Location

York Salvation Army 

50 East King St. (South Duke Street entrance), York PA 

Monday –Friday 1-2:30 pm 

Winter temporary location

(December 2nd-January 6th) 

Heidelberg United Church of Christ:

47 W Philadelphia St, York, PA 17401 

Monday-Friday 12:30-3 p.m.


this provides a place for coffee, conversation and community out of the heat in Summer and out of the cold of Winter. We provide information on essential services in the community for food, clothing, shelter, housing, transportation, counseling, and employment and  develop a full service day resource center for the homeless, similar to Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. To Continue to collaborate with others who have complimentary services to fill the gaps in the community. Our final logo has all the essential services identified and  we plan to provide at the day resource center.

Some of these services include: 

  • Mailboxes
  • Coffee & Snacks
  • Information & Referral
  • Lockers
  • Showers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Phone                                             
  • Computers
  • Day resting areas

How can you help

  • Praying daily for our work and outreach to the most vulnerable in our community.
  • Volunteer to help at or host one of our Spots.
  • Hold a drive to collect in-kind supplies for the Spots.
  • Hold a special monetary collection or place us in your funding budget.
  • Invite us to come an share our vision for the future with your group.
  • Distribute our Spot cards and flyers to those you know and serve.

Wanted: Caring adults and small groups, who can volunteer approximately 3 hours on a weekday afternoon in York to be present with those living in homeless or compromised housing situations by making and serving coffee and other beverages, offering snacks,  giving out mail, socializing with and sharing of community resources to neighbors in need at the York C.A.R.E.S. Coffee Spot. 

Wish List of items for the York C.A.R.E.S. Coffee Spot include: 

  • powdered coffee creamer
  • sugar (packets or container)
  • ground coffee
  • coffee filters
  • individual bagged or packaged snacks
  • tea bags
  • napkins
  • adult coloring books
  • colored pencils 
  • board games
  • playing cards
  • simple holiday crafts

To become a volunteer, please complete our volunteer interest form

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Administrative Office

343 Lincoln Way West New Oxford PA 17350
Phone: 717-624-4461



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