Who We Are

ENGAGING FAMILIES.MEETING NEEDS.GIVING HOPE.

About Us

The vision of Solanco Neighborhood Ministries is to provide a support network, promote personal and spiritual growth, increase self-sufficiency, and break the cycle of poverty within our Solanco community.


We are a faith-based non-profit based in Lancaster County, PA, and founded by Solanco Pastor’s Fellowship. Solanco Neighborhood Ministries is 100% funded through generous donations from organizations, churches, local businesses, and of course, individuals.

SNM is known to many as the ‘Food Bank’. What was originally created to address food insecurities in the Southern End has grown into a ministry that seeks to engage families, meet needs and give hope. Our experience has been that while families and individuals seek help for their hunger, this is often a symptom of a more complex situation. Our desire is to see families get connected to resources that can ensure their sustainability and suspend the crisis they are currently living in. Furthermore, as we make these connections and provide some of the resources ourselves, we hope that their brief interaction with us is one that is met with grace and love.


God has allowed us a particular privilege in taking part in our neighbor’s lives when they are likely at their most vulnerable. Throughout this time, we do see immense trial and pain, but not without great courage and hope. It is our mission to make the hope of Jesus evident in the work that we do.

Our History

Our community was served well for many years by CAP (Community Action Program) as a central location to assess needs.  Unfortunately, due to financial cut backs, in 2011, they were no longer able to serve in the same way. This left our churches in the Southern End without a central hub for meeting needs.  In response to this dilemma the Solanco Pastor’s Fellowship appointed a task force to address the needs. A number of local churches committed to invest in this ministry, and Solanco Neighborhood Ministries was born.

MISSION STATEMENT

Engaging families. Meeting needs. Giving hope.

VISION STATEMENT

To provide a support network, promote personal and spiritual growth, increase self-sufficiency, and break the cycle of poverty within our Solanco community.

VALUES

1. We believe that we can achieve all things through Jesus Christ, and strive to exhibit His love and grace to every family regardless of current belief system.

2. We value the importance of family and the local church and the role each member plays.

3. We believe in a holistic approach that encourages spiritual, physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and financial growth.

4. We understand the importance of fostering connectedness in the community to increase family stability.

5. We expect humility, honesty, integrity, and respect from all staff, volunteers, and program participants.

6. We believe everyone has the ability to contribute to their community, regardless of past or present circumstances.

Our Team

Teresa Dolan

Executive Director

Hannah Linde

Community Support Specialist

Jean Hopkins

Food Bank Coordinator

Judy Beiler

Elementary SWEEP Coordinator

Glenda Hilton

Middle School SWEEP Coordinator

Cindy Sobotka-Briner

Volunteer Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

Back row (l-r): Andy Pickens, Ben Miller, Titus McGrath

Front row: Teresa Dolan, Erin Parrish

Not shown- Todd Capitao

Todd Capitao, Director of Financial Empowerment at Tabor Community Services

Todd has been focused on empowering people in various service oriented organizations for nearly 30 years.  He has volunteered at Tabor Community Services and other various nonprofits for the last 15 years, teaching financial education workshops. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Bible and minors in Church Ministries and Photography. He comes in with over 13 years banking experience which includes extensive knowledge in lending and credit products.  He is married and has two adult children. Todd attends and serves at Millersville Bible Church where he has been a member for nearly 20 years.

 

Andy Pickens, Associate Pastor of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church in Quarryville

Andy is grateful that Faith Church has supported Solanco Neighborhood Ministries (from the beginning), enabling them to reach out with the love of Christ in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors in the Southern End.  He is excited to see churches come together through SNM to engage families and meet their needs by showing the grace and hope that is in Jesus Christ.

 

Ben Miller- Chair of SNM Board, Pastor at Oak Hill Fellowship Church

As a pastor serving the Solanco area, Ben has a heart to see the church serve both the physical and spiritual needs of people in this region. He seeks to equip and mobilize his church to meet the mission of engaging families, meeting needs, and giving the hope of Jesus Christ, while encouraging other pastors and churches to do the same.