Chester County Women's Services Medical
1028 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA 19382
645 East Baltimore Pike
Kennett Square, PA 19348
27 South Church Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Chester County Women's Services Medical is a pregnancy care medical center which exists to educate and empower individuals and their families to make life-affirming choices. They do this through the Biblical guidance of love and mercy, and offer free and confidential pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, education, and counseling. They have been serving in the Chester County area since 1985 and are 90% volunteer-based.
- Medical Services: Free pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, and prenatal vitamins. They provide a proof of pregnancy document which is needed to gain additional services through other organizations such as Healthy Start and WIC.
- Counseling and Support: They share the gospel and show compassion and love to each individual, regardless of race, age, or creed. Their counseling services help women and men in situations such as abuse, post-abortion healing, adoption, life issues, and parenting.
- Educational Services: The Christian-based curriculum teaches parenting skills and better choices. Bible studies and men's mentoring shepherd the men and women toward a deeper knowledge and relationship with Christ.
- Material Assistance: Including diapers, wipes, lotions, clothing, formula, car seats, etc.
- Community Referrals: Medical, housing, food, domestic violence and other social agencies.
Chester County Migrant Ministry
645 E. Baltimore Pike
Kennett Square, PA 19348
The Chester County Migrant Ministry is a non-profit Christian ministry serving the immigrant community in Chester County and the surrounding area. They share the love of Jesus by offering assistance with immigration procedures, citizenship classes, a Christmas for Migrants program, blankets, coats, health kits, donated furniture and appliances, distribution of food baskets, and other services.
About 200 people per month visit their office for services and assistance. The ministry transports over 100 people each year to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service offices in Philadelphia and delivers donated furniture and appliances to over 200 families annually. The Christmas for Migrants program provides Christmas gifts for over 120 families (approximately 600 people) each Christmas.
They are the agency of last resort for many immigrants with a wide range of problems, and they serve a largely unchurched group who also are among the poorest of the working poor of the community. During the past year they served a growing number of Ethiopian immigrants from the Philadelphia area.
Good Neighbors Home Repair
224 E. Street Road, Suite 2
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Executive Director: Harold Naylor
Good Neighbors' mission is to make homes warmer, safer, drier, and healthier for qualified homeowners in southern Chester County as an expression of faith in Jesus Christ. Their focus is to "repair homes and restore hope” by sharing God's love with needy families who are unable to maintain their homes on their own.
Good Neighbors is a Christian outreach ministry that has served hundreds of needy families since its beginning in 1992. In 2015, 113 homes were repaired; their goal was to repair 120 homes in 2016. A majority of the homeowners they assist are elderly, widowed, disabled, and/or single mothers.
Home repairs are performed year-round, and completed primarily by local volunteers. For many years, Good Neighbors also has sponsored a week-long youth work camp, allowing high school volunteers to serve the community.
The mission of the Spanish Health Ministry is to respond to the physical, social, and spiritual needs of the Hispanic community with a focus on Spanish speaking, high-risk, pregnant women and families of disabled or medically fragile babies and children who live in the southern Chester County area. Their goal is to help find appropriate health care to meet the physical needs of the families and to help them coordinate services among medical specialists who care for their complex medical conditions.
The ministry provides health evaluation and teaching, translation and interpretation for medical appointments, counseling and support, advocacy in the insurance arena, transportation to medical appointments, and material layette needs for newborns. Support groups, Bible studies, and summer Vacation Bible School for the children are offered, all of which promote the development of relationships and opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, due to the generosity of supporters from many area churches, about 90 individuals have been able to attend the annual Spanish Bible Conference at America's Keswick Conference Center.
La Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana de Toughkenamon
P.O. Box 59
Toughkenamon, PA 19374
Pastor Nering Huete, retired
Norma Paz, supply pastor
La Iglesia functions as a mission church with financial help from PCKS, Donegal Presbytery, and a few other area churches. It provides ministry to the Spanish speaking people in Southern Chester County. Some of the ministry includes Sunday afternoon worship services with Christian education for children and Saturday School, a weekly program for elementary children which includes a Bible lesson, craft, lunch, and recreation time.
Another outreach is Study Buddies, a homework program for students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. On Wednesday evening there is Bible Study and prayer in the church. At Christmas there is a gift program for the children who participate in any of the church’s programs with a special church service for the families. Several local churches contribute the gifts for this program. At the end of the summer there is a book-bag distribution with supplies provided by a local church. Summer outreach to Hispanic families includes a trip to New York City in July, a youth trip to Dorney Park, and Vacation Bible School.
Every month, usually the 3rd Saturday, PCKS helps out with Saturday School, which is held in the Gilmor Room. This is a wonderful way to help our sister church instill a love for Jesus in the hearts of their children. The children learn a Bible lesson, make a craft, eat lunch together, and have a time for recreation. Would you be willing to help with this program? Contact Janet Johnson or Vicky Malthaner.
Amigos de Estudio-Study Buddies, on Tuesdays between 6:30 and 8:00 pm, is a homework program for children between Kindergarten and 8th grade. We are always in need of tutors to help with homework or just listen to the children read. A few high school students have earned graduation service hours by volunteering at Study Buddies. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office or Vicky Malthaner.
Family Promise of Southern Chester County
105 West Evergreen St.
West Grove, PA 19390
Executive Director: Susan Minarchi
The mission of Family Promise of Southern Chester County is to provide a sustainable, self-sufficient livelihood consisting of emergency food, shelter, and counseling for all families and their children experiencing homelessness in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.
PCKS became a host congregation in the Fall of 2016. Host congregations rotate hosting guests four times per year in their buildings, evenings and overnight, for one week at a time. Family Promise provides cots, and most congregations set up their educational rooms as temporary bedrooms for each of the guest families. Host congregations must have enough space to host up to four separate families — up to fourteen people — at a time. Showers and laundry facilities are available at the Family Resource Center, so it is not necessary for congregations to have these amenities.
St. Cornelius Catholic Church is a support congregation for PCKS, providing volunteer support and contributing to needed supplies. Duties are divided between host congregations and support congregations. Volunteers prepare the meals for the week, dine with the guests, socialize with the adults and play with children in the evenings, help the guests pack their lunches for the following day, and provide overnight hosts to assist guests at night and in the morning before the van arrives to take the guests to the Family Center. The fellowship between the congregants of the two churches as they work together to help the guests has been a blessing.
Iron Works Church-West Chester
312 W. Union St.
West Chester, PA 19382
Iron Works Church is a community of Jesus’ disciples in West Chester and surrounding neighborhoods, who seek to love people, places, and things. They believe that Jesus is actively making all things new and want to be a part of that redemptive mission. They want to see God’s kingdom come in West Chester as it is in heaven. When God wants to change the world, he does not send in the tanks. He sends in the meek, the peacemakers, the poor in spirit, and the humble. The Church is not a place and is much more than a worship service. It’s the very people of God, whom he calls to love people, places, and things to life by the power of the gospel. Iron Works West Chester is being planted by Robbie and Jennifer Schmidtberger, who participated in evening services at PCKS before launching Iron Works West Chester, and is joined by Iron Works Church in Phoenixville and City Church of Wilmington.
We believe that all people are made to thrive. And that when we work together where we already are - every man, woman, and child in our community can have the opportunity to flourish. We know that we can only revitalize our community and create opportunities for all of our neighbors to thrive through leveraging the strengths of many. We do this as a backbone organization by accelerating good work already being done in the community, incubating new concepts, and collaborating with individuals, community organizations and churches. Wouldn't we all want to live in a world where people act in the best interest of others rather than themselves? Where the golden rule is the norm and loving your neighbor seems second nature? Wouldn't we all yearn for a world in which peer pressure on our youth, if it existed at all, is postivie and not negative? Where the arts celebrate the best of humanity and not the worst? Where business considers the broad impact of its investments and not just its own bottom line? We all have a yearning for a community thriving on all fronts. It is a desire for "the way things ought to be." PCKS partners and participates with the Constellation Network in this vision for our community.