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THE EVOLUTION OF CHRIST AMONG NEIGHBORS (C.A.N.)

Christ Among Neighbors is a faith based organization that was started when a group of churches came together to form one organization for our neighbors to get help.  This assistance may include emergency service delivery and/or referrals/consultations to other agencies with the means to solve the problem.  We have been faithfully serving our community and in 2021 are celebrating our 20th year assisting clients.

NEWS AND UPDATES

UPDATE

Christ Among Neighbors has been answering the call for help in our community for 20 years. We are now back in the office - check out “Application Process” under our home page for more details.

NEWS

 

Christ Among Neighbors (C.A.N.) has been helping the residents of Shippensburg for over 20 years by offering a crisis intervention service to our community. We have assisted our neighbors with financial aid for rent, clothing, utility & medical bills, and other necessities.  We want to thank everyone who donated to us during The Partnership for Better Health’s Match Madness campaign during the month of March. We raised funds which will allow us to continue our mission in supporting residents of Shippensburg.

FUNDRAISER INFO

Aroogas Fundraiser! Dine at Aroogas (105 West King Street, Shippensburg) on September 20th from 11am-10pm and Agoogas will donate 15% of your guest check to CAN!

*Must present coupon to server. Can be printed here or call us for a paper copy.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

C.A.N. Newsletter

July - August 

As summer winds down toward fall and the start of the school year, we look forward to cooler weather and all the autumn joys that will come with it. We trust that you are enjoying summer and the memories your family has made this year.

Inflation has contributed greatly to the difficulties many area families and individuals face. In the month of April, we assisted 26 households with a total nearly of $7,800: 12 with rent; 4 with utilities; 3 with car repairs, 5 with gas and 2 with miscellaneous needs. In May, CAN gave out over $7,000 to 24 of our needy neighbors. From this amount, we assisted 14 with rent, 5 with utility bills, in addition to assistance with gas and miscellaneous needs. In addition to meeting monetary needs, we give these clients referrals to area resources that can further help them and provide advice on ways to stretch their dollars further.

At the end of June, we received new statistics on homelessness in Cumberland County. The numbers are sobering. As of that date, 255 households were classified as category one homeless. Statistics are not exact, but these households contained an estimated 459 people. Approximately 142 are children. 88 households are in shelters; 116 outside or in places not meant for habitation. 115 of these households are headed by someone with a disability. Homelessness is not a problem that is confined to big cities. It’s a growing problem in our area too.

Our treasurer’s report for June shows that CAN disbursed over $8,000 in that month alone. We helped 12 families with rent, 5 with utilities, 2 with car payments or repairs, 6 with gas, and 1 with a miscellaneous expense. In July we had 102 calls—53 for housing, 19 for utility, 7 for auto, 1 for food, and 16 miscellaneous. We are grateful for your contributions that enable us to continue our ministry to our neighbors in the Shippensburg school district.

Cumberland County has reopened their ERAP program for new applicants. If eligible, each household can receive up to 15 months of assistance with rent and/or utilities. CAN can help individuals with their applications, or they can reach out to Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Franklin County has continued offering this program also. Information may be had through CAN or South Central Community Action.

We are happy to report that we have gotten several new volunteers. However, we could still use more, especially those who are available to help us to interview clients on Wednesday afternoon or Saturday mornings. The schedule is flexible; you may volunteer for as few or as many as you wish.

May God bless you richly as you serve Him!

The CAN Team