What We OfferBuilding relationships with our neighbors in need through local churches
The Connection Center
The Connection Center is the hub and heart of Love INC. When calls come into Love INC’s Connection Center, volunteers listen compassionately and thoroughly evaluate all requests for assistance to determine the extent, legitimacy and source of the need. Verified requests are referred to a local church ministry, church volunteer, or community agency. The Connection Center follows up to ensure the need was met and to offer any additional support.
The Connection Center serves anyone who lives or worships in the Hershey/ Hummelstown, PA area, which includes zip codes 17033, 17036, and the 17022 portion of Elizabethtown which is in Dauphin County, PA.
The Personal Care Closet
The Personal Care Closet Ministry is offered in partnership with the Hummelstown, Hershey Evangelical Free Church and the Hershey food banks. The Personal Care Closet is a place where neighbors in need who use one of our partner food banks can receive personal care, household, and baby items like toothpaste, laundry detergent, and diapers—items not covered by food stamps.
Our Hershey partner churches, local civic clubs, businesses, individuals, and The Hershey Public Library collect donated personal care products for Love INC. Volunteers pick up donated product from the various collection sites. They also manage the inventory and distribution of the items.
A bicycle can provide an opportunity to do things one cannot achieve on foot: a chance to get a hot meal across town, go to a job interview, accept a job, access medical care, or attend school. Suddenly a used bicycle becomes a ticket to independence and a chance for a better life. This includes kids who simply have not had the chance to own their own bike. The freedom, joy, and friendship that comes from exploring the neighborhood by bike is one many cherish.
Faith & Finances
Join our Faith & Finances discussion group. We’ll eat, laugh, and struggle together as we learn to overcome obstacles, set savings goals, make spending plans, manage debt and loans, and more! Come and consider how God’s plans for your money might be larger than yours! Visit our events page for upcoming discussion group dates.
The Parsonages at Spring Creek and Union Deposit
The Parsonage Ministry is designed to be a home away from home for families whose loved ones are inpatients at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Two former church parsonages have been donated by churches to serve people who must travel more than 50 miles to be with their loved ones but who cannot afford to stay in a local hotel. A total of seven comfortable, individually air-conditioned rooms are available with either twin or double beds. (Each house is a private home and are not handicap accessible. Guests must be able to use stairs.)
Each home has a beautifully appointed common area including a living room with TV, cable and internet access if requested. The kitchens include a refrigerator and microwave for light meals. The Parsonage at Spring Creek offers 4 bedrooms and shared bath. The Parsonage at Union Deposit offers 3 bedrooms and shared bath. Linens for bed and bath are provided. Each home is secure 24 hours a day with a volunteer house manage on duty or on call. Smoking and pets are not allowed.
This service is offered at no cost to qualified families although donations are accepted. Please contact the patient’s social worker or personal care coordinator to determine availability and for a referral.
Directions to the Parsonage at Spring Creek
The Parsonage at Spring Creek is located at 335B E Areba Avenue in Hershey, PA. From the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, turn right onto US 322/W Governor Road, left at 5th light onto Homestead Road, right onto East Areba Avenue. Property is on your left as you enter church parking lot.
Directions to the Parsonage at Union Deposit
The Parsonage at Union Deposit is located at 3 West Main Street in Hershey, PA. From the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, turn left onto US 322/W Governor Road, stay straight at Y onto PA 39W/Hersheypark Drive, turn left at 3rd light onto S Hanover Street, turn left onto West Main Street. Property is immediately on your right with on street parking.
How do I request a room?
Rooms are filled on an “as available” basis. No reservations are taken. Please see your social worker or care coordinator at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to make a request for a room at The Parsonage. The Parsonage is currently serving families of patients of the transplant, oncology, and hematology services and the Heart and Vascular Institute.
Who may stay at The Parsonage?
Family members or caregivers of adult patients staying at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who are traveling outside its 50 mile radius are welcomed to stay at our parsonages. Guests with preschool age children must have prior approval by the Parsonage Director. Please discuss your concerns with your social worker or care coordinator at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Please note: The Parsonage is a private home and is not handicap accessible. Guests must be able to do steps. There is no smoking or pets allowed.
Are there geographic restrictions?
Guests must reside outside of the Medical Center’s 50 mile radius (approximately an hour away from Hershey).
How many guests can stay in a room?
Two to four, depending on the bedroom.
When is check-in?
Check-in is by appointment only. Registered guests have 24-hour keyless entry to The Parsonage.
What do I need to bring with me for my stay?
Bring your personal items. Clean linens and towels are provided. An assortment of personal care items and food items are available to use during your stay.
What amenities does The Parsonage offer?
Guests have access to a microwave, refrigerator, coffee pot, dining room, living room with a TV, and internet access, if requested. The bathroom is shared. The Parsonage at Spring Creek is adjacent to a walking/exercise trail.