Lydia Emrich

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Spreading Hope in Central Pennsylvania

New Hope Ministries exists to meet the basic human needs of low income and in-crisis families and individuals. Serving the Central Pennsylvania since 1982, this faith-based organization began when the churches in the area saw the overwhelming crisis that the people in their community - their neighbors - were facing. Decades later, New Hope is serving 8,669 families and continues to grow at eight different locations

New Hope is more than a food pantry. They offer a variety of serves, such as job placement, job training, GED classes, kids programs, cooking classes, budgeting classes, as well as fun events for the community through out the year.

A team of dedicated professionals manage the several branches, but in many ways the organization is run on volunteer power. This year, 2,000 volunteers offered their time to help proclaim New Hope’s vision show the love and hope of Christ by supporting their neighbors in need. 

Nurse Aide program instructor helps a student with her work. The instructor has been teaching Nurse Aide programs at New Hope Ministries for 8 years and plans to continue for many more years to come.

Noah G. poses with the bike he won in the Back-to-School fair raffle. Noah can't ride without training wheels yet, but is excited to learn.

Cayden Kidwell reacts to tasting Jackfruit for the first time while volunteering at the pantry. Cayden has just started volunteering at New Hope Ministries this summer and loves spending time with his friends while helping the community.

Linda, Sandra, and Pete (left to right) choose yogurt items from the Food Pantry as volunteer Dave (far right) assists. Linda and Sasha have been using the Food Pantry for years, and Sasha is excited to begin New Hope's nurse aid program in the fall.

Linda, Sandra, and Pete (left to right) choose yogurt items from the Food Pantry as volunteer Dave (far right) assists. Linda and Sasha have been using the Food Pantry for years, and Sasha is excited to begin New Hope's nurse aid program in the fall.

Destiny (left) and Claire (right) work on their class presentation on the Endocrine system at New Hope Ministries. Claire has overcome financial and medical difficulties and is hoping that the completion of the Nurse Aide program will set her on a fresh track.

Volunteers Dave (closest to camera) and Dick share a joke while volunteering at the food pantry. The pair has been working at the pantry for many years and have become friends with many of the volunteers and guests that come in to use the organization's services.

New Hope volunteers unload a truck of fruit from local grocery stores in Dillsburg, PA. Stores donate their slightly old produce to the pantry.

Mandy and his young friend Pete choose bread items from the food pantry. Guests may help themselves to unlimited bread items when they come in for their Food Pantry appointments.

Sandra, a New Hope Ministries guest, and her son order food at the NHM kitchen. “New Hope has gotten me on my feet so many times when I was struggling to make ends meet,” she says. New Hope is also helping Sandra meet her academic goals so she can set an example for her kids.

Sandra, a New Hope Ministries guest, and her son order food at the NHM kitchen. “New Hope has gotten me on my feet so many times when I was struggling to make ends meet,” she says. New Hope is also helping Sandra meet her academic goals so she can set an example for her kids.

A young volunteer, Kyri Spuler, helps serve snow cones at New Hope Ministry's Back-to-School Fair.

New Hope Ministries raffled 16 bicycles at the Back-to-School Fair on August 2, 2019. Bicycles were donated by generous members of the community. (Photo by Lydia Emrich)

Emma gets her face painted by Anna Weiser at a Back-to-School Fair at NHM. After getting one cheek painted, Emma kept coming back for more until Anna had to leave.

Caleb Patterson steps out of the freezer at the New Hope Minstries Dillsburg center on August 6, 2019. Caleb enjoys doing the heavy lifting in the warehouse. (Photo by Lydia Emrich)