SERVE Housing

Blessed to serve

Blessed to Serve is a ministry in our church to assist with minor home repair projects that improve the quality of life for those in our community. Projects may include painting, minor home repairs, raking or yard work, adding safety features, and more. Requests from elderly and low-income persons will be prioritized. Projects should take 4-6 hours. To learn more and complete an application, or volunteer to help with the repairs, contact Bill Yufer,

emergency assistance

Carlisle has many resources to help our neighbors in need. Please check out the current brochure describing help with housing, food, electricity, and other basic needs.
PA211 - A state-wide phone number for finding many forms of assistance within Pennsylvania. Dial "211" and follow the prompts regarding the assistance that is needed. Offers information by ZIP Code.
Samaritan Fellowship - CUMC is open on Saturday mornings at the Community Groups entrance for Samaritan Fellowship. Consult the website,, for instructions, hours of operation, eligibility requirements, proof of identity, and required supporting documents.


In summer 2021, refugees from Afghanistan started to arrive in the Carlisle area and together this community settled 113 people in the greater Carlisle region. This also ignited a partnership with a new Church World Service office in Carlisle to help resettle refugees from Afghanistan, Ukraine, and other countries. We are currently building a team to support a new refugee family in spring/summer 2024. To learn more about how you can help welcome and support this family in Carlisle, contact Cheryl Hale,

domestic violence services

In 2023 we began a new partnership with the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties to provide lunch monthly at client education days. Lunch is provided monthly for 20-30 adults and children. This team also provides Easter baskets for the kids and Mother's Day presents for moms receiving services. Team is coordinated by Sandy Gallagher, , and Mary Seaton,

homeless to home

In partnership with The Cumberland County Housing Authority Special Needs Department & New Life Community Church, Homeless to Home assists people with basic personal care items and cleaning supplies for those moving from a homeless situation into a home.
With a county grant, we aim to serve 125 families in the 2023-2024 school year. Requests for supplies are processed through Cumberland County Housing Authority staff.
Household goods and furniture donations can be made directly to New Life Community Church at 64 East North Street, Carlisle, by calling 717.240.0060 Tuesday thru Friday.
Specific donations for CUMC's outreach of personal care and cleaning supplies are always accepted. Wish List of items needed. To make donations, contact Art & Cindy Kunst,