American Rescue Workers
American Rescue Workers
  Phone: (570) 323-8401   Fax: (570) 323-0980   Email:

Social Service Center

We believe that no one should be denied the basic needs of life; food clothing and shelter. We believe Biblically, we are responsible to help those in need - "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Romans 12:10, 13, (NIV)

Jesus further commanded us in Matthew 25 verses 35 through 40, inclusive, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me....I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (NIV)

As citizens of this great country, it is our duty to concern ourselves with the needs of others, realizing that when our community works together, strength and stability is a shared and common goal that can be achieved.

Due to the increase of individuals and families struggling with both present situations and impending possibilities of homelessness along with various hunger, clothing, home heating, and other related emergency needs, there arose an extreme need for the expansion and physical re-location of the American Rescue Workers Social Service operations. Thus became the reality of our current location that now effectively serves our community in a comfortable, confidential and modern setting; providing individuals/families a private setting to request assistance for emergency needs while maintaining their dignity during the process.

In 2007, there were 508 families with children that were helped with emergency rental assistance that could have become HOMELESS. There were 286 families with children who were helped with a utility/fuel bill that otherwise would have resulted in many HOMELESS situations.

To prevent HUNGER, 6,542 families were provided with groceries, 1,294 families received a Christmas food basket, 2,280 meals were provided to youth on summer recreation programs, youth camp and Youth Making a Change, and 1,370 holiday meals were served in house.

To prevent HOPELESSNESS, 985 families were given articles of clothing, beds, bedding & blankets, cribs, dressers, couches, chairs, tables, electrical appliances, bus tokens, medical prescriptions, infant care items, household items, walkers, wheelchairs, canes and many assorted toiletries. To prevent HOPELESSNESS, 1,186 needy children were provided 6,296 toys and candy at Christmas.

If you know of someone in need or find yourself in an emergency situation, please call our Social Service Center for additional information, appointment, and available funding.

Lt. Linda Tokay - Social Service Director
570-323-8401 extension 12

Emma Welch - Social Service Receptionist


Social Service Center
Renovations complete:
Social Service Center
Total cost: $109,000

Social Service before renovations
Before renovations:
326 Bridge Street, Williamsport
Purchase price $9,000

Social Service Center
Amber, a volunteer, extends a
welcome inside the waiting room.

Grocery/Food orders packed and ready for distribution inside the Social Service Center.
Grocery/Food orders packed and
ready for distribution inside
the Social Service Center.

Restocking the freezer with meat products.
Restocking the freezer
with meat products.

Lt. Linda Tokay - raising the dock door to unload a donation and/or purchase of food.
Lt. Linda Tokay - raising the dock
door to unload a donation
and/or purchase of food.

Lt. Linda Tokay evaluates each request for emergency assistance.
Lt. Linda Tokay evaluates each
request for emergency assistance.

Social Service Center
The Kid's Korner provides
a little entertainment.