Services and Programs
Strengthening Families Program 10-14 (SFP)
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is for parents and youth ages 10-14. The curriculum is based on helping families communicate effectively, and helping youth reduce risk for serious problems and to be successful in their teen years. The program promotes showing love and limits as parents. SFP consists of seven consecutive weeks of highly-interactive programming including videos, role playing, games and fun activities. Sessions are held one night each week. Locations vary throughout Lancaster City and County. Crispus Attucks provides meals, transportation and day care for younger siblings. All families are welcome to register at no cost. Call 394-6604, ext. 134 for information. Call 717-394-6604, ext. 134 for information.
Youth Intervention Program – “HYPE” (Helping Youth Through Prevention and Education)
This program provides intensive case management, including school and home visits, for children and their families affected by incarceration. The effect on a child of his/her parent’s incarceration is often a grieving process. The child is put into an impossible situation, with few resources dedicated to their unique needs. The program helps provide support for these children and their families, so that they can achieve positive outcomes. Students in elementary and middle school grades who have a least one parent incarcerated are referred to the program by school guidance counselors.
HYPE participants also attend Crispus Attucks’ Neighborhood Bridges After School Program in collaboration with the Rotary Foundation and the Fulton Theater.
Summer Science Camp
“Science for a Healthy Life” is the theme for Crispus Attucks’ Annual Summer Science Camp. Approximately 60 children enroll for a full-day, summer-long educational and recreational camp. Most receive need-based scholarships thanks to grants from a number of local foundations and organizations. Hands-on science experiments, educational field trips, swimming at Lancaster County Park, and community service activities are all woven into the curriculum.
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
This initiative to address the disproportionate representation of African American and Latino youth in the juvenile justice system brings police and teens together for honest dialogue. The full-day forum is held in the Spring every year on a local college campus. One hundred and twenty middle school youth from the School District of Lancaster attend. The forum is a collaborative effort among numerous community organizations in Lancaster, and is coordinated by Crispus Attucks staff. The forum originated through a state-wide DMC (Disproportionate Minority Contact) initiative by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
C.A CAFE (Community Meals)
The Crispus Attucks kitchen staff cook and serve 15,600 lunches annually, offered free to the community. In addition, we open our auditorium every Saturday and Sunday night throughout the year ( including holidays) for the Council of Churches’ Community Meals Program. Congregation members prepare the food ahead of time, and then come to Crispus Attucks to serve the meals to 80-150 attendees each night.
Our community meal program now offers dinner to youth in our community on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
C.A Cafe Food Market
The C.A Food Market Food Bank distributes more than 28 thousand pounds of food and grocery products, equivalent to more than 1 million meals, every year to more than 800 hungry families throughout central Pennsylvania.
Crispus Attucks sponsors community-wide cultural events, including Lancaster’s Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, Black History Month events, Christmas Bazaar, and Juneteenth Observance. The Center is also home base for the African American Veterans Project and the African American Historical Society. This year (2013) marks the 90th anniversary of the origins of our organization. Anniversary celebrations will include a gala dinner dance and street fair.
Crispus Attucks Emergency Homeless Shelter – CLOSED
The shelter closed on June 30, 2009 due to a new direction for Crispus Attucks. A summary of our new Strategic Plan is posted on this website on the “Our Vision” Page.