Knowing that poverty is complex and its contributing factors vary, the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County has worked in recent years to develop innovative initiatives that are both person-centered and connected to augment our many long-standing and successful anti-poverty programs.

CAPital Workforce, the umbrella for two social enterprise initiatives: CAPital Construction, which gives second-chance employment and skills training in the construction field to individuals with a criminal record, and Reunion Food Truck, which trains individuals with barriers to employment in the culinary arts and also supports the community feeding program at the Crispus Attucks Community Center

Domestic Violence Services, which provides emergency shelter, counseling, legal and housing services, and children’s programming for victims of domestic violence and their children

Early Childhood Education, which provides comprehensive birth-to-5 programming in all Lancaster County school districts.

Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC, formerly CCIS), which supplies child care subsidies for low-wage earning parents who are working or enrolled in training or education programs

Navigation, which helps individuals and families chart their own pathway out of poverty by using person-centered planning

Parents as Teachers, a home-visiting program, which promotes positive child development through effective parenting early intervention services

RMO for Returning Citizens, which provides resources, mentoring and opportunities for individuals who are returning to the community after incarceration

Senior Centers, which offer members over age 60 free meals, educational activities and field trips, financial education, and wellness activities in Lancaster City and Columbia

Utility Assistance, which manages assistance programs for low-income customers of PPL and UGI

Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), which offers nutrition education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health and social services for pregnant and post-partum women and children up to age 5