Tabor President, Bob Thomas to Retire

Bob Thomas, President of Tabor Community Services since 2006, announced today he plans to retire from his position there effective September 30 of this year. Tabor is a non-profit provider of housing and financial counseling and education services for Lancaster County residents. With 50 staff and an operating budget of $4.3 million in 2017-18, the organization serves 4600 clients annually through its 18 programs and services. Tabor’s programs have been recognized for their high quality by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Central Penn Business Journal, Millersville University and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership.

50 Years Later

This new year marks Tabor’s 50th anniversary serving Lancaster County residents and the community. The Golden Anniversary is an occasion to celebrate the wonderful work Tabor staff have done in helping thousands of individuals and families meet their housing and financial challenges over the course of five decades. The anniversary is also a moment to reflect on Tabor’s history and salute its founders. Our history began in 1967 when some members of the Mennonite community in Lancaster were deeply troubled by reports of racial discrimination in housing in the City of Lancaster and responded by coming together to form a corporation they named Menno Housing. The corporation purchased blighted

Keeping the Faith for a Better Life

Angel was in a long-term relationship that ended. He left their home with only the clothes on his back. Experiencing homelessness, Angel lived on the streets for two months. While living on the streets, he was gifted two Bibles. He kept one for himself and gave the other to a homeless friend who also was filled with faith and hope. Angel’s sister Edna suggested that he go to Tabor Community Services for help. He met Jackie, a housing counselor with the Rapid Re-Housing Program at Tabor. In this program clients receive relocation assistance and case management to end their homelessness. Jackie completed an intake assessment with Angel who had provided all the documentation needed to apply for

How far a ripple can go: Grace’s faith in action

Reading the history of Tabor reveals far more than its facts and figures. Most importantly it allows us to see the values and commitments that both led to its founding and which continue to guide and sustain the organization to this day 50 years later. And no person better exemplified those commitments than Grace Wenger who passed away in her 93rd year in 2012. As I learned about Tabor’s history when I joined the organization, the first name I heard was that of Grace Wenger. I read the story of how she had been deeply troubled by the racial discrimination in housing a member of her family had experienced in Lancaster; how that led her to gather some members of the Mennonite community of whic

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Tabor Community Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information for Tabor Community Services, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


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