Hard Choices

When Shirley’s marriage broke up, her husband said he would no longer pay the rent on their apartment. Earning minimum wage, Shirley could not afford the apartment. So she and her two boys that were still living at home, ages 16 and 12, went to the Water Street Mission. Her name was on the lease with her husband’s and she knew that breaking a lease would make it difficult for her to get another apartment. She remembers, “It was a hard choice … a very, very hard choice. “It was a big transition. There was a lot of paperwork applying for food stamps and things like that. I was in the middle of a semester … I went back to school on-line to get my BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration). I was

Helping People

In addition to being a wife, mother of four and grandmother of 11, Gladys is a certified mortgage counselor in the Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County (BFEC) at Tabor Community Services. Nearly 30 years ago Gladys began working part-time at Tabor in a pilot program which is now called the Shelter to Independent Living (STIL) program. She assisted five homeless families whose children were in the care of the County Children and Youth Agency to find safe, affordable housing, get their children back and become self-sufficient within a year. This was achieved by assisting clients with budget counseling to learn how to take charge of their money, reduce debt, impro

Taking Charge of Your Finances

“I went to Tabor when I wanted to buy a house. I didn’t get the house, but I got a lot of good information that I could use when I was ready to buy. That was 30 years ago – I was 25 years old. Since then I bought my house, sold it, and now I have a nice house in Mountville. Sandi, who works at the Harrisburg Pike Post Office in Lancaster was happy to tell her story when she saw the mail being dropped off was from Tabor, “Tabor is a great organization. I can’t say enough about it. “I always knew how to budget, but Tabor taught me to include items I wouldn’t have thought about. They taught me to come up with my own amount that I could afford and not let the bank tell me what I could afford. It

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