LEHIGH COUNTY CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES

FAQ

 

Welcome to the Lehigh County Conference of Churches FAQ! For those of you who never heard of us, want to know about us, or are brought here by something else, here you go. Any more questions? Please e-mail us at info@lehighchurches.org.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lehigh County Conference of Churches?

What services does the Conference offer?

Who is able to get assistance from the Conference?
How many people does the Conference help?
What about the food bank at the Conference building?
Does the Conference provide emergency shelter for people who need it?

 

 

What is the Lehigh County Conference of Churches?

The Conference had its beginnings in the Greater Allentown Council of Churches which began in 1954 with 34 members. Today, the Conference is over 140 churches faith-based organizations from a wide variety of Christian traditions, Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox, who are combining their resources and energies to address issues of human need. Our 50th Anniversary Booklet provides a more in-depth look at the history of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches.

 

 


What services does the Conference offer?

As can be seen throughout this web site, the Conference offers a soup kitchen, a drop-in center for the homeless and those in mental health programs, a referral service, a housing assistance program, prescription assistance, a representative payee program, a program that works with the street homeless, a student mentoring program and a variety of ecumenical programs.

 

 

 

Who is able to get assistance from the Conference?

The Lehigh County Conference of Churches is committed to assisting anyone in need, regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin or religious affiliation, to access the basic needs for living, using internal and external resources.

 

 

 

How many people does the Conference help?

Annually, the ministries of the Conference:

  • serves over 60,000 meals for persons in need including 1,500 children links 7,000 people in crisis to community resources
  • provides safe, supportive programs for over 300 people struggling with mental health finds shelter for 2,200 persons facing homelessness
  • assists 425 persons with pharmaceutical needs including 60 children prevents homelessness for over 70 persons promotes ecumenical endeavors
  • keeps over 100 people from freezing in cold weather
  • supplies ministry opportunities for over 800 volunteers
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    What about the food bank at the Conference building?

    The Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank, while located within the Conference of Churches offices, is not part of the Conference of Churches. The Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank is associated with Second Harvest and has its own Board of Directors and non-profit status. A close working relationship enables a "one-stop shopping" approach for clients who often need both food and referral assistance for other basic needs, such as housing and transportation. To contact the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank please call them at 610-821-1332.

     

     

     

    Does the Conference provide emergency shelter for people who need it?

    The Conference works with individuals to help them find appropriate shelter, often providing referrals to existing shelters and then working with the individuals to help them find more permanent shelter.