• About Samaritan Fellowship

    Since 1958, the Samaritan Fellowship, a nonprofit ministry, has strived to carry out the Lord’s admonition to help our neighbor. Our purpose is to help those who have exhausted every available means for providing adequate shelter, utilities, medical care, fuel, vehicle repair, short-term shelter, food, clothing, and other emergency services. We serve families living in the Carlisle Area School District, South Middleton School District, and Middlesex Township.

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How to Apply

Samaritan Fellowship is honored to share God’s love with you. We strive to be fair to all and be efficient with our limited resources. The following information will be helpful to you and us in achieving these goals.

1. To be eligible for Samaritan Fellowship assistance, you must live in one of the following areas:

Carlisle Area School District,  South Middleton School District,  Middlesex Township

2. If you are not living in our service area, DO NOT APPLY to Samaritan Fellowship for assistance, but contact one of these agencies:

  • Newville area: Apply to Neighbors in Christ at First Presbyterian Church, 111 Big Spring Ave, Newville, PA   717-385-1053 on Saturday morning.

  • Mechanicsburg / West Shore area: Contact New Hope Ministries, 15 State Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 717-766-7333 during the week; website: http://www.nhm-pa.org)

  • Shippensburg area: Contact Christ Among Neighbors, 130 South Penn St., Shippensburg, PA 717-532-7577

  • Perry County: Join Hands Ministry 51 S Church St, New Bloomfield, PA  717-582-7844;  email: info@joinhands.help;   website: https://joinhands.help

3. When you apply to Samaritan Fellowship you must have the following items with you:

  • A completed application. You may print and fill out a copy of the application and bring it along, or fill out an application after you arrive on Saturday morning.

  • A valid ID

  • Proof of income ( pay stubs, Unemployment, Social Security, etc. or job offer)

  • All bills relevant to the request you are making (utilities, insurance, rent, eviction notice or shut off notice, etc.)

  • The name, address, and phone number for the landlord, and, if possible a phone where the landlord may be reached on Saturday (if applying for rental assistance).

  • A referral from a case manager if you reside in subsidized housing, are a guest of a shelter, or are an After Care CARES client. Ask your case manager to complete a Samaritan Fellowship Referral letter and e-mail it to Samaritan Fellowship before you plan to appear. If you have applied at the County Homeless Assistance Program, the United Way, or the Todd Baird Lindsey Foundation, you will need a referral.
    If you do not have a case manager (you are renting on your own, or own your home, etc,) you do not need a referral.

4. If you do not have the appropriate items, it will delay Samaritan Fellowship’s ability to assist you.

5. Come to Carlisle United Methodist Church, 45 South West Street, Carlisle, PA between 7:45 and 10:00AM Saturday morning. Look for the door under the covered walkway in the parking lot. Take the elevator to the lower level (LL) and look for the Samaritan Fellowship signs. Samaritan Fellowship is open every Saturday, including holidays.

6. It is helpful for the interview process and less stressful on you and the other applicants to make other arrangements for your children if possible.

7. You will be called for an interview in the order your request is submitted and reviewed by your interviewers on Saturday morning. The interviewers will explain the process.

8. You must make time to be at Samaritan Fellowship until your case is decided and you are told the Board’s decision. Try to keep the Saturday morning free of other obligations. You may be at Samaritan Fellowship for several hours.

9. If you were told to return to Samaritan Fellowship for follow-up to a previous visit, and also told you did not need to complete another application, please inform the greeter that you are a return client so you can be seen in an expedited manner.

10.  All payments on behalf of applicants are paid directly to the company/landlord owed.   Payments are mailed the Monday following the meeting.  Internal processes of the company may result in the payment not being posted immediately.

For information on other sources of help, see the Guide to Human Services link below: