Resources

Columbia Life Network is dedicated to connecting you with local resources in your community. Whether you need food, clothing, shelter, a medical home, or other necessity, our staff is here to help you find the services and programs that can help.

Looking for a job or other resources? Stop by and search for them in our Employment Café, a free computer lab.

Our office hours are 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. We invite you to visit us and explore how we might be of service to you. Columbia Life Network’s services are free* and available to anyone, regardless of income.

*Columbia Life Network’s services are free of charge, but there may be application or other fees associated with the services of other organizations with which we connect clients.

 

Community Resources

We often connect people with:

Fire Fund
Helps families in need after a fire in their home or apartment. After the American Red Cross initially assists, we then work with families to either extend their stay at a hotel and/or help with food, clothing, furniture, medication, etc., based on need.

School Supply Drive
Collects school supplies that we donate to Columbia Borough School District, Columbia Head Start, and Our Lady of the Angels. The drive occurs in the summer on the third Saturday of the month and at National Night Out (first Tuesday in August) at Glatfelter Field. Kleen-Rite has generously donated the trailer we use to collect the supplies. Any financial contributions are used to purchase additional supplies (like tissues, hand sanitizer, calculator batteries, books, and clothing) to support the schools throughout the year.

Power Packs
Helps to feed over 140 families (on average) each week. In partnership with Columbia Church of God and over 35 volunteers, Columbia Life Network packs and distributes bags containing a recipe and all of the ingredients needed (and snacks) to families, so they can prepare nourishing meals over the weekend to ensure their kids are well-fed and ready to learn on Monday. Packing takes place at donated space from St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, and the packs are distributed to Park Elementary, Taylor Middle School, and Our Lady of the Angels.

United Way VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
Offers FREE tax preparation for people in Lancaster County making $62,000 or less a year. VITA is available at Columbia Life Network’s office during tax season. To learn more, visit the United Way/VITA web page or call 211.

Tabor Community Services
Provides support for people who are homeless (call 211 to start the CHART process) as well as financial education services through their Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center. This center provides comprehensive services designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to solve your financial challenges and build financial stability for your future.

Tabor can help you:

  • Analyze your finances.
  • Develop a budget and action plan to achieve your goals.
  • Review and understand your credit reports.
  • Create a strategy for paying off your debts.
  • Decide if a debt management plan is right for you.
  • Keep on track through regular follow-up visits.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the Tabor website or call 717-358-9364.

Pressley Ridge
Provides mental health counseling to people who are uninsured (fees determined on a sliding scale) on Medical Assistance and some private insurance. Visit the Pressley Ridge website or call 717-845-6624 to schedule an appointment.

Sway Yoga
Offering yoga classes in Lancaster to help people achieve better body and mind wellness. For more information, visit the Sway Yoga Facebook group page or call Dawn at 717-413-5134.

LHOP (Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership)
Creates the Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Manual, also known as “the purple book.” This booklet provides individuals with what their rental rights are and gives template letters for both landlords and tenants. You can get your copy at Columbia Life Network or visit the LHOP website.

LHOP also provides low interest loan assistance for exterior and interior improvements.

Looking to be a first-time homebuyer? Take LHOP’s Home Buyer class. If you qualify, you can get up to $5,000 towards closing costs and down payment. If you purchase within Columbia Borough, you may also qualify for an additional $5,000.

Or are you a property owner? You can list apartments for rent on the LHOP website. Find out more about the LHIFT (Local Housing Investment Fund & Trust) program and other resources to help you fix up your property.

You can also reach LHOP by calling 717-291-9945.

COBYS
Provides many services, including parenting classes. Check out their classes and upcoming schedule on their website or call 717-656-6580. 

 

Other Services

Columbia Life Network partners with:

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Columbia Dental Center
Has a state-of-the-art dental office that serves children up to 18 years old who are uninsured or on Medical Assistance, Medicare, or private insurance. To learn more about their services, visit their website or call toll free 1-844-836-8871.

Columbia Food Bank (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church)
Provides food for those in need. You can receive approximately one week’s worth of food once per month. To find out if you are eligible, visit their website or call 717-449-5101. Hours are Monday–Wednesday 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services Center in Columbia
Offers free pregnancy tests, first trimester ultrasounds, counseling, and parenting classes. For more information, visit their website or call 717-684-3486.

Columbia Presbyterian Church Hands Across the Street
Runs the Columbia Transitional Living Ministry program, which includes a winter shelter and day center with support services from December through March. They also offer the Summer Food Service Program, providing free lunch for children ages 18 and under. In addition, they have a clothing bank and provide a community meal the first Tuesday (5:30–7:30 p.m.) and the third Saturday (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) every month. Visit their website or call 717-684-6271 for more information.

Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster
Provides a safe after-school place for children. Kids can receive homework support, dinner, time in the gym, and enjoy many other educational and fun activities. The program serves children 6–18 years of age. Cost is just $1 for the year. For additional information, visit their website or call 717-684-3637.

CAP (Community Action Partnership)
Provides many resources to the Columbia community. For a full list of CAP services, visit their website.

The following programs and services are a sampling of what CAP offers:

  • Atlas is a group of motivated individuals looking to set personal goals to move out of their low-income situations, with support from staff and allies to achieve them. Child care and a meal are provided.
  • Energy Assistance provides support with UGI and PPL utility companies to help customers reduce their utility debt and arrange for more manageable payment options going forward.
  • Child Care Information Services (CCIS) can help families find safe and affordable child care services. They can also assist eligible lower income families with child care subsidies.
  • Domestic Violence Services (DVS) provides a 24-hour call line (717-299-1249) and advocates for individuals and families experiencing violence at home. DVS also has transitional living, a legal clinic, counseling, children’s activities, and more.
  • WIC (Women, Infants & Children) provides nutrition education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, referrals, and food assistance.
  • Head Start is a high-quality pre-kindergarten program for children 3–5 years old. They also provide healthy meals and snacks.
  • Senior Center is for people 60 years and older. It provides recreational activities and also serves breakfast and hot lunch. Seniors may take advantage of the center’s monthly food box as well as fresh fruit and vegetable vouchers during the growing seasons.

Celebrate Columbia (Manor Church)
Provides support and holds community events, including the Celebrate Columbia Bash every September. Celebrate Columbia also has an army of volunteers that helps with all sorts of service projects, from meal donation, community clean up, installing wheelchair ramps, and more. Find additional information on their website.

Meals on Wheels (St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church)
Provides home meal delivery for seniors and disabled individuals. Call 717-684-4244 to get started. You may also be eligible for your meals to be subsidized. To find out more, contact the Lancaster County Office of Aging at 717-299-7979.

Columbia Creative Factory at Hinkle’s (in partnership with the Lancaster Creative Factory)
Provides space to individuals looking to express themselves through the arts, including art therapy for veterans. The Columbia Creative Factory is also out in the community, providing an outlet for children at the Boys & Girls Club, the Youth Intervention Center, and many community events. Visit and “like” their Facebook page to learn more and stay tuned in to upcoming events.

Family First, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
Provides primary care services to people who are uninsured, have private insurance, or are on Medical Assistance or Medicare. For a list of their services and hours visit their website or call 717-342-2577.

Twin Rose (an LG Health family medicine practice)
Provides primary care services to individuals who are uninsured, have private insurance, or are on Medical Assistance or Medicare. For more information, visit their website or call 717-684-9106.