A Statement from Neighborhood Center

On March 22, the Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church announced their decision to pause operations effective close of day on May 3, 2024. During this time, the Board will reevaluate their programming and structure to ensure that they meet the community’s needs, align with the mission and values of the center, and are sustainable for years to come.

The Neighborhood Center has served the total Harrisburg community since 1910. Formerly known as the Methodist Mission, Neighborhood Center has a proud history of meeting the needs of the community.

In an official statement, the Neighborhood Center reaffirmed their commitment to the Harrisburg community. “While we understand that this decision may be disappointing, we assure you that our unwavering commitment to improving lives in Harrisburg continues. We aim to emerge from this pause stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to meet the community’s needs.”

Rev. Gary Weaver, Conference Superintendent for the Harrisburg area, recognized the impact of the Neighborhood Center. “The many, many years of commitment to the neighborhood have been a blessing to many individuals and families,” he said.  “I, like many others, receive this with a bittersweet heart.”

He acknowledged that this decision did not come easy and praised the work of the Neighborhood Center board and staff. “They are to be commended as they take this time to be prayerfully patient while the hard work is done to reevaluate the ongoing needs of the community and plan for the next faithful steps.”

In the coming weeks and months, the Neighborhood Center will provide updates on their progress through their website and Facebook page.